C’mon, America. Lighten up!
President Ahmadinejad being escorted to Ground Zero in New York City shouldn’t get everyone’s panties in a twist. Didn’t you hear? This is the guy who is going to end the Iraq War and allow the boys to come home. If he wants to visit Ground Zero – even though he and his rogue nation are terrorist sponsoring scum – then by God the Bush Administration and all of the Iranian apologists in this country are going to make sure he gets his wish.
In a move that has stunned New York, the Bloomberg administration is in discussions to escort the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to ground zero during his visit to New York next week, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said today.
The Iranian mission to the U.N. made the request to the New York City Police Department and the Secret Service, which will jointly oversee security during the leader’s two-day visit. Mr. Ahmadinejad is scheduled to arrive September 24 to speak to the U.N. General Assembly as the Security Council decides whether to increase sanctions against his country for its uranium enrichment program.
Mr. Kelly said the NYPD and Secret Service were in discussions with the Iranian Mission about the logistics for the possible visit, and whether it will take place at all. He said that for safety reasons related to ongoing construction at ground zero Mr. Ahmadinejad would not be allowed to descend into the pit.
Wouldn’t you like to have been a fly on the wall in the White House when the Secret Service told the President that Ahmadinejad wanted to visit Ground Zero?
The White House will deny the President was informed of the tour but I would be monumentally shocked if Bush weren’t told within 5 minutes of the request being made. Somebody somewhere somehow had to give the go ahead for such planning to occur, especially since you have so many security services involved.
I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of what anyone could imagine would be a bigger insult to the dead of 9/11. Yassar Arafat laying a wreath in Shanksville? How about Nasty Nasrallah being invited to tour the new wing of the Pentagon, rebuilt after the attacks?
There is no imagining what would be a bigger insult because there wouldn’t be one. The fact is, there is no more wrenching, rage inducing, fist-through-the-wall event that could take place in this day and age than allowing the President of a state that equated the 9/11 attacks with our attack on Hiroshima to visit Ground Zero.
It would be no different than if we had allowed Tojo to visit the Arizona Memorial.
THE LEAST SURPRISING UPDATE IN THE HISTORY OF THIS BLOG
Evidently, the New York City police have nixed the idea of an Ahmadinejad drop by at Ground Zero:
Earlier today, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly had said that Iranian officials had made a â€œformal requestâ€ that Mr. Ahmadinejad be permitted to visit ground zero and that the department, in coordination with the Secret Service, was discussing the matter with officials of the Iranian Mission to the United Nationsâ€¦
A short while later, around 4:15 p.m., the Police Departmentâ€™s spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said that Mr. Kelly had misspoke and that police commanders had already decided that a visit to ground zero by Mr. Ahmadinejad was not feasible.
Bush washed his hands of the responsibility for the incident faster than Pontius Pilate:
President Bush, moving quickly to respond to news that the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has asked to visit ground zero, had a spokesman issue a statement aimed at Mayor Bloomberg that said â€“ in so many words â€” deal with it.
â€œThis is a matter for the City of New York resolve,â€ a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House, Gordon Johndroe, said. He added pointedly: â€œIt seems odd that the president of a country that is a state sponsor of terror would visit ground zero.â€
Odd? ODD? Holy Christ what a moron! Fire that flunky immediately.
Allah, by the way, has the definitive wrap-up on this mini-storm that will now probably die down, and adds this:
If it happens, if this Holocaust-denying terrorist filthbag is allowed to use the remains of the Trade Center for a photo op, the rage on the right will burn so white hot that even the anti-amnesty activism this summer will pale by comparison.
The tone deafness of that crew at the White House when it comes to the base – on up to and including Bush – never ceases to amaze me.