Battlepanda: Some might say...


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Some might say...

Think Progress:
Today on CNN Headline News, anchor Chuck Roberts discussed the impact of the foiled British terror plot with Hotline senior editor John Mercurio. Roberts asked Mercurio, “How does this factor into the Lieberman/Lamont contest? And might some argue, as some have, that Lamont is the al Qaeda candidate?”
If the anti-war candidate is the al Qaeda candidate, I guess the 60% of Americans that are against this war according to the latest polls must be the al Qaeda segment of the population, right? Why does Chuck Roberts hate 60% of Americans?

Snarkees aside, I think we should embrace the right-wing talking point that this latest attack can be put at al-Qaida's door. If we accept this, instead of arguing about whether or not it is or isn't al-Qaida, then it means they can't waffle over the next obvious point -- our approach in fighting the GWoT or whatever it is now is not making us safer. Majikthise has to say the obvious, because people are obviously not getting it yet:
This argument is absurd. I don't understand how anyone can repeat it with a straight face. Democrats and Republicans on national security is the Republicans' kooky idea that invading and occupying distant countries will really show those Al Qaeda sleeper cells in London and San Francisco. This time, the would-be bombers were British and they were caught by conventional police work. Even Dick Cheney doesn't think we should invade Great Britain to stop terrorism.
Meanwhile, Joe Lieberman is not recognizing a sinking ship even when he's going down in one:
“I’m worried that too many people, both in politics and out, don’t appreciate the seriousness of the threat to American security and the evil of the enemy that faces us — more evil, or as evil, as Nazism and probably more dangerous [!!!] than the Soviet Communists we fought during the long Cold War,” Mr. Lieberman said.
Is there any justification for a statement like that except for a hysterical attempt to whip up fear in a last-ditch effort to grasp at political survival?