Judith Miller Smacks Down Alan Colmes For Saying 9/11 Shouldn't Be Commemorated

Alan Colmes on the ninth anniversary of 9/11 said America shouldn't commemorate these attacks every year, and was nicely smacked down by Judith Miller for his smarmy efforts.

Discussing the anniversary coverage on "Fox News Watch," Colmes said, "Every 9/11 it's become like a national day of remembrance, which I understand from an emotional standpoint, but I wonder if it's such a good idea that every year we make such a big deal on the media of it being 9/11."  

Miller shot back, "The reason you do it is to remember why we have the counter-terrorism policies we have...We need to be reminded why we're doing this."  

Colmes pathetically replied, "9/11 should not be revered as some kind of national almost holiday."

"It's not revered. It's commemorated," said Miller (video follows with transcript and commentary): 

ALAN COLMES: The set up to your question I have an issue with which is that the media actually does focus on 9/11. Every 9/11 it's become like a national day of remembrance, which I understand from an emotional standpoint, but I wonder if it's such a good idea that every year we make such a big deal on the media of it being 9/11. The terrorists, those who would like to attack us, and those who already have attacked us, must go, "See, they're commemorating us again." I'm not sure that this contingent every single year on 9/11 is such a good idea.

JUDITH MILLER: I think it's a really difficult call, but I don't see how this country cannot do it, and wait until next year, wait until the tenth. But we must remember. The reason you do it is to remember why we have the counter-terrorism policies we have. Remember why we're spending the money...

COLMES: That's not something just for 9/11, though. I think we need to remember that all the time.

MILLER: We have ADD as a nation. We need to be reminded why we're doing this.

COLMES: 9/11 should not be revered as some kind of national almost holiday...

MILLER: It's not revered. It's commemorated.

COLMES: ...because the terrorists I'm sure are saying, "Look, they are remembering what we did."

Although I loved Miller's smack down, it would have been nice to see someone challenge Colmes further concerning his pathetic position.

After all, he certainly isn't opposed to 9/11 commemorations out of concern that terrorists enjoy them. Instead, like so many liberal media members, Colmes wishes America would totally forget 9/11 so we can leave Iraq, leave Afghanistan, and stop concerning ourselves with the war on terrorism.

To people like Colmes, any reference to 9/11 or terrorism undermines their dovish view of foreign policy and national security.  

Beyond this, what likely most bothered Colmes about this year's commemorations was that they increased the resolve of folks opposed to the building of the Ground Zero mosque. 

Liberal media members across the fruited plain must be hating these commemorations occurring in the middle of the controversy surrounding this Islamic center, for they might increase the likelihood this project will be cancelled. 

For folks like Colmes, that would represent a terrible defeat. 

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.