Golf and Terrorism

28 12 2009

Astute analysis today of the calm “non-response” to the latest failed terrorism in The Atlantic today:

There is a reason why Obama hasn’t given a public statement. It’s strategy.

Here’s the theory: a two-bit mook is sent by Al Qaeda to do a dastardly deed. He winds up neutering himself. Literally.
Authorities respond appropriately; the president (as this president is wont to to) presides over the federal response. His senior aides speak for him, letting reporters know that he’s videoconferencing regularly, that he’s ordering a review of terrorist watch lists, that he’s discoursing with his secretary of Homeland Security.

But an in-person Obama statement isn’t needed; Indeed, a message expressing command, control, outrage and anger might elevate the importance of the deed, would generate panic (because Obama usually DOESN’T talk about the specifics of cases like this, and so him deciding to do so would cue the American people to respond in a way that exacerbates the situation).

http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/12/why_obamas_golfing.php

Now imagine the fear-mongering that would be going on if McCain/Palin were in charge.  We’d be on Def-Con Hot Lavender.

But it gets better folks!  The same Repubs that are aghast at Obama’s calm, are the ones with dirt on their hands for not providing TSA funding to enhanced screening!

Republicans have cast votes against the key TSA funding measure, the 2010 appropriation bill for the Department of Homeland Security contained, which included funding for the TSA, including for explosives detection systems and other aviation security measures. In the June 24 vote in the House, leading Republicans including John Boehner, Pete Hoekstra, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan voted against the bill, amid a procedural dispute over the appropriations process, a Democrat points out. A full 108 Republicans voted against the conference version, including Boehner, Boehner, Hoekstra, Pence, Michelle Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, Darrell Issa, and Joe Wilson.

The conference bill included more than $4 billion for “screening operations,” including $1.1 billion in funding for explosives detection systems, including $778 million for buying and installing the systems.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/12/28/819858/-Remember,-The-Party-of-No-Voted-Against-TSA-Funding-

Kos ends his blog post on this asking why “the Party of No hates America?”  I think this is an overstatement.  More apt is to ask why “the Party of No makes it so darn easy?”

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