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Friday, August 11, 2006

How low can you go?

It didn't take long for the Blame Liberals First movement to seize on the aborted suicide bombing plot and turn the deadly matter into a political football. When you are desperate to hold onto office nothing, apparently, is out of bounds.

You've come to expect Darth Cheney to spin national security secrets for political gain. Picking up on the Rovian talking point about Democrats having a pre-9-11 mindset about national security, the shameless one suggested that the foiled plot is a sign of things to come if Republicans are swept from office. So important a point to make, he even deigned to speak directly to reporters.
"So it's an unfortunate development, I think, from the standpoint of the Democratic Party to see a man like Lieberman pushed aside because of his willingness to support an aggressive posture in terms of our national security strategy," Cheney said.
Sadly, it doesn't surprise me that Joe Lieberman stoops to the same level. The fear of losing office because you are out of touch with people prompts you to say things that are totally out of touch. It's appropriate the headline reads "Lieberman, on the offensive.." because this remark truly is.
"If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England," Mr. Lieberman said at a campaign event in Waterbury, Conn. "It will strengthen them, and they will strike again."
And while the GOP spin machine cranked out cutsie catch phrases like "Defeatocrats" and George Bush cut short his vacation for a campaign swing and the mind-boggling declaration that we are "This country is safer than it was prior to 9/11" no one has bothered to explain why nothing has been done to deal with liquid explosives even when all our security experts knew them to be a threat.

Or why no one has yet explained why cargo is not screened when it is loaded onto aircraft. Or why there are still no rules to deal with liquefied natural gas shipments through busy ports.

Nope, instead of action, we get false assurances and political grandstanding like Mitt Romney's stunt in calling up the National Guard even before it is clear what we are dealing with. Got to show you are decisive for those campaign commercials -- even if the greater threat to airport passengers at Logan is the Ted Williams Tunnel.

The GOP PR blitz is the clearest proof possible that far from being safer than ever before, we are more exposed than ever before. Violence in Lebanon; civil war in Iraq; Iran and North Korea playing with nukes. With those kinds of real fears I can see why the Republicans trot out the same old Big Lie -- anything to change the subject from their abject failure to protect America.

Did anyone else know immediately that this plot was real simply because it was the British, not the Americans, who made the announcement?


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