Captain Ed waybacks the New York Times to a point just after the 9-11 attacks. Back then, the Old Gray Liar was an old red hawk, specifically on the subject of tracking terrorist financing. He finds a Times editorial from September 24, 2001:
The Bush administration is preparing new laws to help track terrorists through their money-laundering activity and is readying an executive order freezing the assets of known terrorists. Much more is needed, including stricter regulations, the recruitment of specialized investigators and greater cooperation with foreign banking authorities.
Hm. “Foreign banking authorities.” Like, for instance, and I’m only speculating here, the Belgian SWIFT outfit that the Times just alerted terror money masters is helping the US?
Read the rest of the Captain’s post–it’s juicy.
What this shows us is who has really politicized the war. In the wake of September 11, the whole country including the elitist leftists at the Times recognized that we had to stop that from happening again. We had to unleash whatever tools and weapons we had to get at the terrorists wherever they trained, however they were financed and however they traveled, recruited and plotted. Whatever the Bush administration did in those days was cast as good, but more needed to be done. So said the Times, and so said we all back then. I remember conversations with liberals back then, in which they called for all kinds of rightwing solutions, from crushing the Taliban by brute force to drilling in ANWR to reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. You don’t hear any lefties talking that way now. They have reverted to their leftwing pacifist mean.
Just look at how times and the Times have changed. The administration was doing exactly what the Times and the entire country was calling on them to do. What was called for and lauded then is exposed and pilloried now.
And the treasonous Times is puzzled by it all.