Why 9/11 Belongs in the Campaign

Krauthammer, Charles
March 2004
Time;3/15/2004, Vol. 163 Issue 11, p100
This article argues that president George W. Bush is justified in using the September 11, 2001 attacks for his re-election campaign. The Bush re-election campaign apparently thought it was going" positive" with its first advertisement, highlighting the President's post-9/11 leadership. But the reaction from some families of 9/11 victims has been decidedly negative and very public. The families have suffered. They deserve compassion and respect. But they do not own 9/11. This was not a house fire. This was nota train wreck. This was an act of war. And war is a national event. Sept. 11, its aftermath and the response--the War on Terror, the Bush doctrine of going after states and not just terrorists, and the implementation of that doctrine in both Afghanistan and Iraq--are central to deciding the fitness of George W. Bush to continue in office.


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