I couldn't remember the exact quote, so I Googled the quote in the title. It is not exactly what George Bush said shortly after the 9/11 attacks, but it is close. It is a phrase, in some form or another, that has been used many times in the past. However, this is not about bashing GW. On the contrary, he actually comes off well in the following discussion.
More about the Manhattan Islamic Center/Mosque. President Obama came out in support of the center indicating that the owners have every right and have cleared every legal hurdle to build the Center. There are more and more moderate and even some conservative Republicans that have indicated there is no legal basis for not allowing the construction to go through. Heck, even Glenn Beck admitted as much on the Bill O'reilly show a few days ago.
So, how does GW coming out smelling like a rose? Well, he always made a distinction between the extremist Muslim terrorists and the general populace of Muslim's. In fact, there are a large number of Muslim's that were disgusted at the barbarianism of 9/11. Many of them, at the risk of their own lives, have helped the United States in our fight against Al Qaida and other extremist groups. They have served in our military as U.S. soldiers. They have served in our intelligence community in translating intercepts. They have served in our State Department in providing cultural and protocol information. They are serving with our military on the ground helping translate in small towns and villages throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now, the the right wing Republican demagogues, such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, are painting all of Islam with the extremist brush. They are, in fact, helping to fuel additional recruitment to these groups because it is seen more and more that the U.S. blames all of Islam for the terrorist attacks. Well, Sarah and Newt, are you with us or against us?