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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, December 05, 2005

All talk, no action

The final final report of the 9-11 Commission simply reconfirms what all of us have known for a long time: If overheated rhetoric could substitute for action the United States would be the safest country in the history of the planet.

And as a sign the Bushies knew this report hits way too close to home, designated flak Dan Bartlett tried to pass the blame off on Congress.

You mean that servile body that says bless you when the administration sneezes? Particularly instructive is this statement:
"Now Congress has not changed the way its done business in all terms," he said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "They are funding things based on old models, pre-9/11 models. And we think it's important that homeland security dollars go to where the threats are, and that's something we'll be constantly pushing the Congress to change."
You mean the Congress that has allocated more dollars per capita for Wyoming than New York City? (Yes that is a Heritage Foundation link!) The one that has failed to adequately address how the money is being spent? Or the one that continues to ignore other plausible threats, like LNG tankers and cargo ships?

OK, we'll blame them too. But starting a war in Iraq when the enemy was in Afghanistan; inflaming and building an insurgency hell-bent on hating America; squandering worldwide goodwill by the use of torture, lies and inflammatory rhetoric makes you pretty culpable too.


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