Huckabee cartoon attempts woeful retelling of 9/11 attacks

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 16:26 EDT
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In a new “history” cartoon aimed at children, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, now a Fox News personality, spins an animated, less-than-nuanced retelling of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., with a distinctly pro-Bush, pro-torture spin.

In his “Learn Our History,” the former Republican presidential candidate puts forward a version of 9/11 that depicts America “coming together” in the wake of the attacks and rallying behind their leader’s plan to “take down al Qaeda.”

It closes with a montage showing alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — who was waterboarded 183 times in a single month — an image of Osama bin Laden with the word “deceased” superimposed over his FBI profile, and former President George W. Bush telling U.S. first responders at the World Trade Center site that the terrorists would soon be punished.

Huckabee’s “Learn Our History” series faced its first controversy after he blasted public schools for allegedly teaching children political bias in history class, only to release an episode which glamorized President Ronald Reagan and his anti-labor economic policies.

“In this important film, the time traveling teenagers learn about America’s heroic response to the tragic events of 9/11,” Huckabee’s website explains. “They strive to understand why Al-Qaeda attacked us and how the ongoing War on Terror protects Americans at home and American ideals abroad.”

The video does not broach the actual motivations behind the 9/11 attacks, like bin Laden’s stated reason: U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia. Similarly, it does not discuss President Bush’s order to withdraw U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia following the attacks.

But that’s no matter: in Huckabee’s cartoon world, the U.S still triumphed by taking down the terrorists and making the world safe for freedom once again.

This video is from Mike Huckabee’s “Learn Our History” childrens’ series.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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