New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has taken the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks as an opportunity to slam former President George W. Bush and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as "fake heroes" who "raced to cash in" on 9/11.
As America mourns and honors its murdered citizens, Krugman said the memory of 9/11 has become "an occasion for shame" and "the nation knows it."
Below is Krugman's piece, reproduced in full:
Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?
Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.
What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.
Krugman said he is not allowing comments on his post. The Blaze is. Also, be sure to read writer Tom Engelhardt's 9/11 post in which he say's it's time to "bag" 9/11 commemorative ceremonies and asks, "haven't we had enough of ourselves?"