Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Britain Foils Horrific Terror Plot Without U.S. Help and Somehow Bush's Poll Numbers on Handling Terrorism Go Up
Can someone please explain this phenomenon to me: President Bush and his cohorts have spent the last 5 years blubbering on about how safe we are from terrorists, citing the fact we've not been attacked again since 9/11 as the proof. Yet, with no involvement from the United States, Great Britain recently thwarted an al Qaeda plot to blow up ten London-to-NY commercial airliners over the Atlantic Ocean. Sounds like Bush fell asleep at the wheel, no? Had it not been for the Brits, we'd likely be picking thousands of body parts out of the Atlantic by now as the result of this catastrophic terrorist attack. But somehow in the ensuing two weeks Bush's poll numbers on his handling of terrorism have increased, climbing 8% according to USA Today/Gallup.
What is going on here? What is it about this president's colossal failings that Americans just can't seem to grasp when it comes to keeping America safe? Do they realize the horror we'd soon be facing, if not already, if not for the keen sleuthing in England? Don't these circumstances warrant a precipitous drop in his numbers? Maybe it's because, as they've done since 9/11, the Busheviks have endlessly lied to the American people. Case in point, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's recent comments about America's role in the thwarted attack earlier this month: ..."Our terrorist surveillance programs are critical to fighting the war on terror and saved the day by foiling the London terror plot." I wonder how happy Tony Blair is to know that the United States "saved the day."