When in Doubt, Roll 9/11 Out

With the American people losing faith in the administration’s handling of the war in Iraq, the White House has fallen back on some Luntz style propaganda: exploiting the September 11th attacks. From today’s presser…

QUESTION: Isn’t the message really more patience? Isn’t that really what the president’s going to be requesting?

MCCLELLAN: Well, I think if you go back to September 11th — remember, on September 11th the threats of the 21st century were brought to our shores. We saw in a very clear way the threats that we face on that day.

And the president said shortly after the attacks of September 11th that this is a long struggle that we’re going to be in, that this is a different kind of war, one which we have never seen before, and we do face a determined and ruthless enemy, an enemy that has no regard for innocent human life.

That’s the nature of the enemy that we’re up against. That’s the nature of the enemy that the president will be talking about in his remarks tomorrow night.

And the president made it clear after September 11th that some will want us to grow complacent and forget about or put the attacks off as a distant memory. But it does require patience and resolve to see this struggle through to the end. We have no option but to defeat the terrorists and the terrorists will be defeated.