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Commentary Smears Senator Bernie Sanders

Abe Greenwald botches the reason for Senator Bernie Sanders’ rejection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s original language about President George W. Bush that included the language referencing, “the attacks on September 11, 2001, that led to wars in Afghanistan … Read More

By / January 14, 2009

Abe Greenwald botches the reason for Senator Bernie Sanders’ rejection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s original language about President George W. Bush that included the language referencing,

“the attacks on September 11, 2001, that led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Greenwald claims,

So the attacks of September 11 now had nothing to do with the war in Afghanistan either. In a few (very few) generations our children’s children will be writing papers about that horrible day in the fall of 2001 when pilot error killed 3000 Americans and that more horrible day a few months later when the U.S. President firebombed Afghanistan to open up the first front in the Halliburton War.

But is that what Sanders is saying?

According to CNS News, which Greenwald references as the source for Sanders’ complaint, Sanders was rejecting only linkage to the Iraq War, not linkage to Afghanistan.

Sanders objected to the sign’s language because he believed it suggested a linkage between the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and the subsequent U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

And sure enough, this is clearly what the Gallery is appropriately responding to.

Our label was not intended to imply that there was a causal connection between the attacks that occurred on 9/11 and the subsequent U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Greenwald should retract his allegations immediately.

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