There's a new argument emerging among supporters of the Ground Zero mosque. Distressed by President Obama's waffling on the issue, they're calling on former President George W. Bush to announce his support for the project, because in this case Bush understands better than Obama the connection between the war on terror and the larger question of America's relationship with Islam. It's an extraordinary change of position for commentators who long argued that Bush had done grievous harm to America's image in the Muslim world and that Obama represented a fresh start for the United States.
The war against the terrorists is not a war against Islam. In fact, you can’t have an effective war against the terrorists if it is a war on Islam. George W. Bush understood this. And it is odd to see Barack Obama less clear about this matter than his predecessor. It’s time for W. to weigh in.
Ed Morrissey has the rest:
That, of course, is one of the delicious ironies of this situation. Obama has done nothing but attack and demonize Bush for the last nineteen months, mainly to distract attention from Obama’s own failures on the economy. In fact, while Dowd et al demand a response from Bush, Obama is busy on the campaign trail (an activity that Obama chided the GOP for doing while Obama attended big fundraisers) attempting to continue blaming Bush for the economic slide Obama promised to prevent with his massive spending.
Heh! And Doug Powers has a wonderful line here:
Are they asking the same George W. Bush who started an illegal and immoral war, lied about WMDs so his buddies could profit from the invasion and tortured exclusively Muslim detainees to come to the rescue of a president who was supposed to save America from all the horror Bush hath wrought? That’s fine, I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page.
Yes, I appears most of us are on the same page.
And let me reiterate what most poeple already recognize; this isn't about building a mosque. It's about building a mosque right there. That point is even more evident when you know that Gov. David Paterson offered to meet with developers in order to help them find a new site and they refused. In fact, developer Sharif El-Gamal said the planned mosque is "nowhere near the World Trade Center site." Yeah, well, we know that's not true. We know, too, that wreckage from the attack crashed through the Burlington Coat Factory building which is to be the site of this mosque. Pretty near, if you ask me.
And now the liberal left who support the building of this mosque on the ashes of the World Trade Center want George W. Bush to weigh in. They assume he will support the plan; he might and he might not.
Be careful what you wish for.