George W. Bush, Mark Milley and Violent Extremists

George W. Bush, Mark Milley and Violent Extremists

Pundits have widely interpreted former President George W Bush’s remarks on Saturday as a condemnation of those who took part in last January’s Capitol riot. But recent news brings other possibilities. At a 9/11 memorial service for the heroes of Flight 93 last weekend, Mr. Bush said:

And we have seen growing evidence that threats to our country can come not only from across borders, but from violence as well. There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their defiance of human life, in their determination to desecrate national symbols, they are the children of the same dishonesty. And it is our constant duty to face them.

Monday’s column noted that Byron York is among those to interpret the comments as supporting the idea “that the plane-hijacking was a link between the assassinated terrorists of September 11, 2001, and the Capitol rioters of January 6, 2021.” The analogy exists – a comparison that really has no basis, but has done much to sour the national debate.”

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