The straw man lives

Bush on 9/11.

Published August 31, 2007 2:05PM (EDT)

In a round-table discussion Thursday with foreign journalists, George W. Bush said of 9/11: "People murdered Americans to achieve a political objective. There's a debate in our country whether that's true or not. I believe it's absolutely fundamentally true, because I'm listening to what the enemy says, the enemy of freedom, what they're saying."

The follow-up question that wasn't asked: Is there anyone in America -- anyone in the world -- who doesn't think that the attacks of 9/11 were meant to "achieve a political objective"?

And if there isn't, what exactly was the president trying to say?

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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