Sunday, August 13, 2006
U.S. Wanted Terror News Earlier
Squabbling between England and the United States over the timing of the terrorists recent arrest was ongoing according to an MSNBC.com report,
The U.S. wanted the would-be terrorists to be immediately apprehended; England wanted more time to continue monitoring and possibly catch even more of the bad guys.
A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.Unfortunately, the story doesn't specify the timing advanced by the U.S., only that England wanted to wait at least one more week.
Hmmm, perhaps the U.S. wanted British officials to strike early afternoon on Monday. You know, mere hours before Connecticut voters were to decide the fate of White House's favorite Democratic senator.
The arrest was delayed, and alas, Lieberman lost to Lamont. But the administration ever so focused on making lemonaide out of the bitter lemons of loss immediately sent Cheney, Mehlman and their usual pitbulls to smears the Dems in a coordinated effort to take all the oxygen out of a Lamont win.
They knew full well that loomings of an international terrorist plot lay in the very near future and used language that would prove prophetic in import.
Yes, this new synergy of terror and politics unfortunately now represents the 21st century axis of domestic evil; and just in time for the '06 fall elections.
But like the Aesop tale of the little boy who cried, "Wolf! Wolf!" as a ruse to get attention, voters are becoming inured to necon rantings about horrific undercurrents that only they can protect us from. Especially since so many of the things they told us in the past have proven to be dead wrong.
Weapons of mass destruction? Nope.
Saddam Huseein ties to al-Qaeda? Nope
Americans greeted as liberators? Nope
Smaller army more effective than larger one with lower casualty count? Nope
Income from Iraqi oil pays war effort? Nope
Death knell to al-Qaida? Nope
Democracy on the rise in the Middle East? Nope
Peace in Israel, Lebanon and Palestine? Nope
The president has lost all credibility with the American public.
And voters will be sending him a clear and direct messasge that fearmongering no longer works. You can fool some of the people all of the time, you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time; and it's been going on way too long.