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Monday, August 09, 2004


TERROR ALERTS: SOME LIBERALS WANT TO HAVE THEIR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO 


Liberals are not concerned about the way that terrorism is being handled - they are concerned that President Bush will be reelected because of the way he is handling the War on Terror

Since when have liberals wanted the government to hide information on matters involving the military, national security and basic rights?


The other day we pointed out how liberals criticize the Bush Administration for not being specific enough during previous terror threat announcements but should not have been specific last week - despite the fact that detractors were begging for specificity. The yawning gap between honesty and hysterical partisanship has grown even wider this week.

No matter what Tom Ridge, Condoleezza Rice, President Bush and others do, the knee-jerk reaction of liberals is to criticize the administration's methods in defeating terrorists. Previous terror threat announcements have been scoffed at, met with skepticism and denounced as attempts to manipulate the well-placed fear of American voters. Now, liberals are astounded by the revelation of critical, specific and pertinent information that they consider way "too much information." Since when have liberals wanted the government to hide information on matters involving the military, national security and basic rights?

Dohiyi Mir continues with the monday morning quarterbacking of the way that Homeland Security issues are being dealt with. This time, there was no standard talking-point attack line of "not specific enough, give us more!" Previous terror threat announcements that did not specify time, date, place, actor/s, explosives, methods and mugshots were met with accusations of lies, lies and more lies. Liberals eroded the public's confidence in the alert system by making a mockery of it. Last week was different.

Now, Dihiyi Mir wants Americans to cover their ears when Tom Ridge speaks. Why? Because Ridge is laying out all the info on the table. We now know there are specific threats of attacks on particular buildings in New York, New Jersey and Washington. Instead, Dihiyi Mir has to turn the terror threat warnings into a melodrama...

Was there no other way to address the potential attacks than for Ridge to announce breathlessly to the world on a Sunday that we knew about the attacks, the fact that we knew was all due to Bush's great leadership, and by the way, we're doing a great job doing the job you assume we've been doing?


Tom Ridge is not your run of the mill demagogue, like Al Sharpton, who gets prime-time speaking spots at the Democratic convention. No one with an ounce of intellectual honesty can use the words "breathlessly" and "Tom Ridge" in the same sentence. Ridge is a diligent bureaucrat who must direct thousands of law enforcement agents. These agents don't need "breathless" announcements in order to remind them what their mission is.

Dohiyi Mir is upset that Ridge cites President Bush as being diligent in this effort. Excuse me, but the president is the commander-in-chief. If he is not supposed to be doing his job then who is, Kofi Annan? Nothing in Ridge's job description says he has to act as if the President doesn't exist.

Dohiyi Mir's argument reveals a paranoia lurking between the lines. Liberal detractors of the Bush Administration are afraid that President Bush's leadership is proactive, engaged and effective in blunting terrorists in many cities, countries and continents. The full scale of President Bush's successes are striking.

Some liberals are capable of debating on the merits of issues. Stumax made a reasonable argument in one of this blog's "comment" sections. Stumax said, "It is right to ask for more some specifics when the government issues a terror warning, but those specifics do not have to involve the radical measure of burning an al Qaeda double agent." If in fact a double agent's cover was blown, then there are reasonable questions to ask from both sides. But, we must wait until we hear all of the details about the double agent. Remember, many liberals thought Joe Wilson was unfairly maligned until it was revealed that he lied to the media, his book publisher, the 9/11 Commission and other agencies. The truth comes out, eventually.

Liberals are afraid of a Bush reelection. By politicizing terror alerts, in an flinching and unthinking way, liberals think they can muzzle the Bush Administration into keeping its mouth shut on whatever it is doing to protect and save our lives. Obviously, to you, to me and yes, to all of those liberals, that is not going to happen.

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