Thursday, December 31, 2009

Stupid Thing of Week: GOP 'terror' attacks on Obama

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 2:25 PM

The stupidest things we’ve seen this week — certainly the most unbelievable —  are the Republican attacks on the Obama folks for being “soft on terrorism” after the failed Christmas underwear bomber attack in Detroit. I know that the GOP’s hypocrisy is boundless, but you’d think they had a decent record against terrorism, the way the attack dogs are howling.

First they attack Obama for putting the underwear guy through the regular American criminal court system — even though that’s exactly what the Bushies did with shoe bomber Richard Reid. Exactly the same thing. In fact, the some of the same Republicans who are now griping — notably former Homeland Security Stud Tom “Fist Face” Ridge — publicly praised the Bushies’ reliance on U.S. courts to prosecute Reid.

If that’s enough hypocrisy for you, how about the fact that some of Obama’s fiercest critics voted against legislation that provided $250 million for airport screening and explosive detection equipment. That particular group of hypocrites includes both South Carolina senators, Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham (as well as former N.C. senator Liddy Dole). DeMint, as we noted yesterday, is also holding up the nomination of Obama’s choice for administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — now there’s a real anti-terrorism warrior, huh?

The stupidest of all, and it’s no surprise, has to be Dick Cheney, who said the attack is Obama’s fault because the President doesn’t use the term “war on terror.” Yes, that Dick Cheney — VP of the administration that ignored clear warnings of an impending attack in 2001; who single handedly created more terrorists than anyone by launching the war in Iraq; and who, it turns out, released (in secret) the two terrorists who are now the leaders of the al-Qaeda cell in Yemen that planned the Detroit attack! If Dick the Clown wants to get serious about accountability, he’s going to find a lot of backers for his own serious failures.

Anti-terror hero Dick Cheney
  • Anti-terror hero Dick Cheney

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