Friday, August 5, 2011

Huckabee's rewriting of 9/11

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM

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The good folks over at Talking Points Memo watched Mike Huckabee's latest "Learn Our History" video so you don't have to. Our former governor has taken some heat for the video in the few days since its release for attempting to profit off of 9/11. From TPM:

So — what does Huckabee's "unbiased" view of 9/11 look like? A lot of praise for the PATRIOT act (which it, should be said, many conservatives don't like), a lot of praise for the Department of Homeland Security, a lot of praise for Israel and the clear implication that President George W. Bush was responsible for the death of Osama bin Laden...

On the policy front, the kids time travel their way to Sept. 17, 2001, where the war in Afghanistan is being planned in Bush's Oval Office. As should be expected, Bush gets a lot of play in the video — his bullhorn on the WTC rubble speech is played, and then we get the scene of him calling for bin Laden to be captured "dead or alive."

There's some talk about the importance of intelligence gathering (no mention of wiretaps, warrantless or otherwise, or water-boarding) and then we move on to talk about the world since 9/11. The kids are warned to stay vigilant, and then told that vigilance has paid off, as bin Laden's death has demonstrated. No mention of the operation that killed him — or the president who ordered it.

Huckabee and Learn Our History released a lengthy statement defending the release of the video on the group's website.

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