Thursday, June 23, 2005

If It's Good for Durbin, It's Good for Karl

Dear Mr. President,

Of course you are aware of Karl Rove's recent comments to the New York Conservative Party:

"Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals."

When questioned, your spokesman, Scott McClellan, said you will not ask Mr. Rove to apologize for impugning the motives of a large segment of the American population, of which I happen to be a part. Mr. McClellan attempted to excuse such sentiments as being a reflection of a difference in philosophies. Since he was specifically addressing Senator Durbin's publicly stated opinion that torture is not an American attribute, am I to assume that you think torture is an American attribute? Or is the objection that Senator Durbin was talking about it publicly?

Perhaps believing that officials should not speak publicly about wrongdoing in the administration or its departments, the military, or of individuals is a difference in philosophies -- though I don't know how you would expect a participatory, transparent, representative democracy to work if we're not allowed to publicly call you all to task for your bad behavior.

However, the difference in philosophies of which Mr. Rove was speaking is clearly about liberals' motives: he says we seek to put the troops in greater danger. If Mr. Rove spoke inelegantly, he should look to Senator Durbin for guidance on what to do.

Senator Durbin apologized; so can Karl Rove.


Julie O.

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