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It’s Bush’s fault that Obama is wishy-washy on the mosque

It’s true! You don’t believe me? Just ask Maureen Dowd:

Let me be perfectly clear, Mr. Perfectly Unclear President: You cannot take such a stand on a matter of first principle and then take it back the next morning when, lo and behold, Harry Reid goes craven and the Republicans attack. What is so frightening about Fox News?

So Obama is a wuss. Tell us something we didn’t already know.

The war against the terrorists is not a war against Islam. In fact, you can’t have an effective war against the terrorists if it is a war on Islam.

George W. Bush understood this. And it is odd to see Barack Obama less clear about this matter than his predecessor. It’s time for W. to weigh in.

This — along with immigration reform and AIDS in Africa — was one of his points of light. As the man who twice went to war in the Muslim world, he has something of an obligation to add his anti-Islamophobia to this mosque madness. W. needs to get his bullhorn back out.

So you see? If the evil Satan Dubya would just come out and say that he wants the mosque built in the shadow of Ground Zero, then it would be safe for Obama to admit that he is for it too. It always comes back to being Bush’s fault.

On the other hand, Maureen doesn’t point out something else. Were Bush to come out and oppose it, then Obama could say he’s in favor of it since it’s the opposite of what Bush believes. So no matter how you look at it, Obama’s waffling is Bush’s fault. QED

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