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Thursday, August 10, 2006

If Not for the British, America Would've Faced Catastrophic Attack. Despite What Bush Says, We're Less Safe than Before 9/11


The simple reality in this country is that we are less safe today than before 9/11. President Bush and his kool-aid-drunken supporters constantly point to the fact that we've not been attacked since 9/11 as proof that we are indeed more secure. But the fact is, had the British police and intelligence officials not brilliantly thwarted this week's terror plot to blow up 10 planes en route to the United States, we'd would've faced a horrific attack resulting in hundreds if not thousands of American deaths.

It was not our intelligence that foiled this chilling plot. And that's the real scary part. Our financial, political, military and intelligence resources are being shamelessly squandered in Iraq while American citizens abroad and at home still face the very real threat of a terrorist attack. The Busheviks have taken their eyes off the real enemy. Bush will tell us we're more secure since 9/11, but we're not. Bush will tell us the Iraq war is the central front in the war on terror, but it's not. he will continue to insist that we need to "stay the course" in Iraq, but we don't. The Repuglicans will be relentlessly driving the talking points home between now and November that a vote for Democrats will weaken America and cause another attack on U.S. soil, but it will not. It was on Bush's watch that we were attacked on 9/11, and, if not for the British, I hate to think what'd be happening here again in the days or weeks to come.

9 Comments:

  • At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Samm Simpson said…

    Hey Andy. You are so right. I went to a speech today by the person I am opposing in Congress. He has been in Washington D.C for 36 years and is a Republican. All he could talk about was that now we are in a "GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR" It's everywhere, he said.

    Let's remember that 911 happened on this President's watch, folks. And we don't have all those answers either.

    Anyway, as a person who is running as an anti-occupation Democrat against this Republican, it's clear that the watchword for the 2006 elections is Terror, Terror, Terror. He also said that the "far left" even says the worlds problems are the fault of the USA, which is "ridiculous and not true,"

    Maybe someone should print a book of all the countries we've overthrown, all the nations we're torn apart with trade agreements and the dictators we prop up.

    I say it's time for the people to refuse to buy into the terror paradigm, no matter what they do. We will bring our troops home, repent of our ways, and take the next 10 = 20 years to repair international relationships, transform our energy policy, rebuild our schools, de nuclearize our weapons, get health insurance for our people, protect our ports and borders and learn how to be a global partner, not a destroyer.

    If we don't choose to do this, I'm convinced that economic collapse from the weigh† of the debt of what this President and his administration have done will force our hand to stop. May the God of Abraham have mercy on us all.

     
  • At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    According to Time magazine:

    "MI5 and Scotland Yard agents tracked the plotters from the ground, while a knowledgeable American official says U.S. intelligence provided London authorities with intercepts of the group's communications."

     
  • At 1:22 PM, Anonymous johnny said…

    Samm hit the nail on the head. By the way it was great meeting you the other Saturday at the Largo Library, too bad the time limits were so short. I felt for the young man who gave his speech and was so nervous but you made sure he was praised for his effort and that showed me you’re a heads up kind of lady and a winner in my books.

    The problem I see in all of this terror stuff is that it comes just 90 days before the November elections. Why is it that these things just “happen” when it’s election time or there needs to be some diversion from the problems of the world? How come we NEVER hear about the findings of all of those yellow alerts that were coming up so often in the past, could they have been a Bush diversion? We never heard anything about the July 7th bombings in London either, why is that? Blair is nothing more than a puppet of Bush and I wonder if this was really as bad as “they” make it up to be or is it once again a plot to make a mountain out of a mole hill. I just don’t trust this administration and would put NOTHING past them to have it their way.

     
  • At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm very worried about the spin already started about the terrorists and the "pundits" like Buchanan who are already saying what a boost this is for Bush Admin. I don't even believe there was that much of a threat. Someone pointed out the bomb would have to be assembled on the plane. How likely is that? But I fear Americans will fall for it once again.

     
  • At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think assembling a liquid explosive on a plane is more likely than highjacking a plane with box cutters.

     
  • At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To ANON 9:53

    A box cutter at your throat can be quick and very persuasive Also, there were several men working that maneuver at the same time. Anything that can harm can be a weapon. However, to sit in a airplane cabin or even in a men's room with mirrors and assemble a bomb is time consuming an OBVIOUS.

     
  • At 3:41 PM, Blogger Cranky Daze said…

    If Bush and Cheney are using terrorism as a springboard for Republican victories in November, it is only because it has worked before. What else do they have? Nothing!

    Let them babble. Cheney made an absolute fool of himself with his remarks linking Ned Lamont to bin Laden. While it may have been an insult to Lamont, it was an even bigger insult to every American who voted for him.

    The thing I find most interesting is that Tuesday's choice of the man Democrats want to run for the U.S. Senate should have been a minor event as far as the rest of the country is concerned. Two other incumbents were defeated in other states, and little has been said about them. Yet the defeat of Joe Lieberman seems to have Republicans in a tailspin. Could it be that Connecticut Democrats sent a clear message to Washington, which is that voters are absolutely tired of the Bush/Cheney agenda, weary of the lies, and fed up with attempts by our own government to control us with terroristic threats? Joe Lieberman made himself the poster boy for the Bush insanity with his support for the war in Iraq and that was a major mistake on his part. His feeble attempt to distance himself from Bush at the eleventh hour was too little, too late. His apparent belief that he was powerful enough to change the core values of the Democratic party in Connecticut was arrogant almost beyond comprehension.

    Could this be a matter of "As Connecticut goes, so goes the country?" I suspect this is the fear that is permeating the White House these days. Look for more of the same in the next few months, but keep it in perspective. The blathering of Bush and Cheney in their frantic attempts to frighten the public speaks for itself. Two morons grasping at what they hope is a life raft for the Republican party, unable to swim, and unwilling to recognize that it is their own policies and agenda that will bring victory to the opposition in November and again in 2008.

     
  • At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think the election in Connecticut will be "fixed" as are all elections lately. Lieberman will be elected as an Independent and the Republicans will have kept him as thier "boy/mole" in Congress.

     
  • At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This event is the perfect tool to dismantle the BushCo narrative about the meaning of 9/11. This plot was thwarted by good, solid, persistent police work. Tips, human intelligence, signals intelligence, financial forensics and ALL the tools in the POLICE INVESTIGATOR'S KIT kept the would-be "evildoers" from working their evil. No battalions of marines could do that, no convoys of APCs filled with grunts could EVER begin to do what Scotland Yard and MI5 just did.

    Rove has the whole team working overtime to reinforce their narrative of how 9/11 changed everything. But this situation controverts their narrartive utterly.

     

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