Greg Sargent has posted a terrific piece on this matter. Apparently, Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner attempts to make the case that those who died on 9/11 are fair game for political ads, but not the coffins returning from Iraq. In the Cincinatti Enquirer piece, Boehner is clueless when it comes to making the distinction:
Questioned by reporters on what the difference was, Boehner seemed tongue-tied. "These were American citizens killed by terrorists. That is a very different policy issue than American soldiers dying on the battlefield protecting the rights and freedoms of American people."Wow, it's wonderful to see that one dim bulb replaced another as GOP house leader.... Does the GOP have any elected official who can think themself out of a paper bag?
"How so?" a reporter asked.
"How so? You want me to describe the difference between men and women of the military out there defending the American people, and victims - victims - of terrorist activities?" Boehner asked.
"They were both killed by opponents, right? Terrorists or Islamic insurgents?" a reporter pressed.
An exasperated Boehner said: "The World Trade Center victims were victims of a terrorist act here on our shore and I think all Americans were appalled that this did in fact happen. But I think the differences, in terms of the images, are as clear as night and day."
Kudos to this reporter for staying with it and pursuing Boehner's obvious lack of logic and reason. Many in the MSM (Tim Russert being the best example) would've just moved on, letting it go.