Bridges Too Far
The Memorial features a shiny steel circular band engraved with 54 phrases selected (with public input) from the 9/11 commission report, news reports and articles, and other sources at the time. Conservatives didn't like the choices. In 2008, Len Munsil promised to tear it down if elected Governor, joined by Russell Pearce and others in condemning the work as containing “left wing statements.”
Among those slated for removal:
“Erroneous U.S. air strike kills 46 Uruzgan civilians”
“Terrorist organization leader addresses American people.”
"You don't win battles of terrorism with more battles"
"Feeling of invincibility lost."
"Fear of foreigners"
"Congress Questions Why CIA and FBI Didn't Prevent Attacks"
"Middle East violence motivates attacks in the US"
"Foreign-born Americans afraid"
In what has attracted national attention, the “fear of foreigners” plaque includes the murder of Singh Sodhi, a turban wearing Sikh who owned a Mesa gas-station and was gunned down four days after 911. Further, the bill specifically instructs that the panels be removed prior to the 10th Anniversary of the attacks and that they be sold to a scrap metal dealer.
Of course others were incensed, in particular Sodhi's family. Kavanagh apologized to the family once he realized he didn't know what he was talking about, saying (my words),”Well, uh, I really meant the other stuff.”
The Birther conversation has been beaten to death, so I'll skip it, except to note that it was that veto where Brewer used the “bridge too far” expression. She was right.
Two bridges down, many to go.