Dems say plot proves Iraq is a diversion from the war on terror

posted at 7:06 pm on August 10, 2006 by Allahpundit

There are bits from Reid and Kerry too, but as usual it’s Teddy who provides the pull-quote for the day’s events:

“Five years after 9-11, it is clear that our misguided policies are making America more hated in the world and making the war on terrorism harder to win,” Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts said.

We’ve reached the point where either you see instantly what’s wrong with that statement or you don’t, and if you don’t, nothing I’m going to say will change your mind. So I won’t try; maybe Ace or Goldstein will muster the energy later. I will say, though, that the nutroots are sure to be in full screech about Liebs having “politicized the war” today, with all the stupidity that entails, and at least this makes it nice and easy to pitch a tu quoque back at them.

I meant to do a nutroots terror-reaction round-up earlier but got sidetracked as usual, so here are the links in case you missed them elsewhere. Think of their culpability as a continuum. On the least damning end are the comment sections and bulletin boards. Both sides have their share of lurking cranks, and that’s where you’ll find them. There’s nothing especially noteworthy about cranks acting crankish, but we note it anyway because it’s a convenient way to score points and supposedly proves how the other side talks to each other when they think no one’s looking. Essentially, it’s the same cherry-picking the lefties do with the LGF comments section, but from right to left. Fun, though, as a gotcha. See, e.g., K-Lo on DU, Confederate Yankee on the Carpetbagger Report, and some moron looking for attention at Goldstein’s site.

In the middle of the continuum are dKos diarists and online polls. Also extremely crankish, but slightly more significant than the foregoing — in the diarists’ case because they’re posting up top, with the endorsement of the site’s owner, not skulking down below under a thousand comments, and in the polls’ case because they reflect some vague sense of (admittedly easily manipulable) consensus. See, e.g., Goldstein on “punditron” calling the plot just desserts for Tony Blair, “BooMan23” questioning the timing, and a dKos poll indicating the view that the plot was legitimate and not a fabrication of the Bushitler … by a margin of 50-49. And that’s after LGF freeped it earlier.

Finally, we come to the other end of the continuum: the machers. The A-listers. The Townhouse mailing list. The alpha males and females who, more than anyone else, shape nutroots opinion. Are they holding the line of sanity or have they too embraced the logic that blinding oneself to the seriousness of the threat is tantamount to not being afraid of it? See, e.g., Mary Katharine Ham on John Aravosis, Seixon on (among others) sweet Jane Hamsher, and the biggest macher of them all, Michael Moore, who’s got the really hot story of the day.

Left unmentioned by everyone, though (well, except Seixon), is my old pal Josh Marshall. Have we forgotten already his sage words in Time magazine?

[In early July] there was another report of a foiled plot, this one a far more serious-sounding scheme to blow up the Holland Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to Manhattan. Sensing their credibility might be running thin, FBI officials as well as members of media started referring to these plotters as the “real deal” plotters, presumably to distinguish them from whack jobs in Miami. These guys too, it turned out, hadn’t done much more than talk in an Internet chat room about blowing something up. And their plan to flood downtown New York City with sea water from a demolished tunnel would have been complicated a bit by the fact that, unlike New Orleans, Manhattan is well above sea level.

The “tell” in this case was the date. The FBI got wind of this plot last summer and arrests were made back in April. So why did we hear about them on July 7, the anniversary of the London bombings? I believe the question answers itself. The story was leaked to pump up the anniversary of the London subway bombings on July 7, 2005, and remind people that if it could happen in London it could happen here. The dozens if not hundreds of law enforcement folks who worked on thwarting this embryonic plot were not part of some political scheme. But whoever chose July 7 to leak the story clearly was. With the mid-term election less than four months away, for some people, that’s a helpful message.

Nothing but penny-ante “embryonic” conspiracies hyped to the rafters by an administration eager to keep the sheeple afraid. And we could expect more of them as the election drew closer and the Rethuglicans grew more desperate. That’s what he was selling. In Time magazine.

Today’s headline in the Times of London: “Was This Al Qaeda’s Big One?”

Whatever. As long as no one’s “politicizing the war.” Except Joe Lieberman, I mean.

As a special reward for people who read this all the way through, here’s video of Neal Boortz tearing Air America mouth-breather Randi “Gunshot” Rhodes a new one on Larry King. Enjoy.

Update: Sweet Jane, the sequel, from Ace.

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The Democrats using the terrorist plot to attack President Bush? I am shocked, stunned and amazed at such hubris from the party that tells us it would do a better job at the war on terror. After all, cut-and-run is a policy!

Umnumzana on August 10, 2006 at 7:28 PM

Wow, how insipid is that Randi Rhodes? Good grief. Boortz ate her for lunch but probably spit her out due to the malodorous taste.

And that face. Eight miles of bad road.

JammieWearingFool on August 10, 2006 at 7:33 PM


Why are you shocked, stunned and amazed by the libtards…..have they ever offered any else but blame bush for everthing?

robo on August 10, 2006 at 7:42 PM

A huge terrorist attack is foiled and this is proof that our policy is a failure? Does Ted Kennedy think before he speaks?

Capitalist Infidel on August 10, 2006 at 7:49 PM

So people actually spend time listening to this woman? No wonder the libs are so batty,this is the first time I have ever heard her and I wanted to ram a pencil through my head after a few minutes.

bbz123 on August 10, 2006 at 7:53 PM

robo: I was being sarcastic! On a local conservative radio talk show, everytime the Democrats do something stupid, which is daily, then the host always replies that he is “shocked, stunned and amazed!”

Umnumzana on August 10, 2006 at 7:56 PM

i think they keep getting shocked because after teh dems and libs hit bottom they somehow find a steam shovel and dig fast

on the bright side its nice to see conspiracy theories that don’t involve Jews.

Defector01 on August 10, 2006 at 8:11 PM

They had their talking points ready as they know future attacks are certain, but did they offer a better plan to fight terorism this time? They did not, they never did, and therin lays [lies?] their biggest problem in the upcomming elections.

Here are a few more stories on the politics going on, as well as a poll.

I so wish that we had a preview, or edit feature here.

DannoJyd on August 10, 2006 at 8:13 PM

For liberals reality is questionable timing.

venmax on August 10, 2006 at 8:36 PM

I don’t drink, but I do believe that the day Ted Kennedy dies I will have to have an Irish toast just in his honor. The man is the biggest oxygen waster on the planet.

Chief1942 on August 10, 2006 at 8:54 PM

I quit listening what the dems say. It’s all bla, bla, bla.

Here some interesting facts about this plot:

On the “John & Ken” radio show an airline marshall said that this was going to be of a magnitude larger than 9/11/01.

One of the captured plotters was an access person to the Heathrow airport. This was told on the same show, during the news break at 4:30p.m. PST.

Many of the plotters were 2nd and even 3rd generation of Pakistanis living in Britain. Their allegiance is first to their religion and then to their country. I don’t think they have a country-allegiance.

The NSA program was key in the discovery, in addition to cooperation among several countries (Pakistan, Britain, U.S.)

More of the missing Egyptians were caught today trying to board a flight to Montana, I believe from Chicago, with the wrong ticket. One got belligerent when the attendant refused to print a new ticket and thus the security personnel sprung into action. He has a long name but it has two Muhameds in it.

Dick Morris just said on the O’Reilley show that Mr. Lieberman would have won if the vote would have come after these news and that the conservatives have gained much from the news, even though the Left will spin the ‘Iraq’ subject.

A civil libertarian lawyer on the O’Reilley show just said “what happened to give me liberty or death” in regards to the 4th Amendment rights and others like the search program. I wish the Left would have such convictions when fighting this war.

Entelechy on August 10, 2006 at 9:02 PM

FOX just learned that British agents had infiltrated a terror group and learned about this plot.

Entelechy on August 10, 2006 at 9:08 PM

BBC, via C-Span just said that Mr. Blair learned about the plot 6 weeks ago, informed Mr. Bush and called Mr. Bush again last night.

Entelechy on August 10, 2006 at 9:16 PM

BBC again “critics…bla, bla, bla Islmic Fascists language not helful…alledged plot”.


Now she, from BBC, “fascism was a state and these poeple are not”. Gosh it’s never a perfect setting or world…

Entelechy on August 10, 2006 at 9:22 PM

I should go into business selling expensive tinfoil hats to these rich liberal wackos.

speed647 on August 10, 2006 at 9:40 PM

Entelechy said: “A civil libertarian lawyer on the O’Reilley show just said “what happened to give me liberty or death” in regards to the 4th Amendment rights and others like the search program. I wish the Left would have such convictions when fighting this war.”

Governor Romney of Mass, was on FOX and said something interesting I had not focused on before. Our Constitution guarantees us “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and the first one is to protect “life” or there is no way the other two will be of any benefit to us. I wouldn’t vote for Romney because he is a social liberal, but I appreciated what he said about this subject.

Umnumzana on August 10, 2006 at 10:05 PM

The Democrats are as genuine on National Security as Reuters photographs.

Chief1942 on August 10, 2006 at 11:41 PM


I saw the interview, this guy truly believes that his rights are being violated. It amazes me that these people manage to get through life.

Out of one side of their mouth they are saying they want protection and out the other side they are saying they want complete privacy. I am all for giving up a little privacy while knowing that someone is looking out for me and my family!

Sacramento Republicrat on August 11, 2006 at 12:29 AM

When it comes to the IRS, OSHA and the EPA, liberals believe the 4th amendment is relic from the past which should be ignored. Liberals only use for the 4th amendment is to protect domestic criminals, foreign terrorists and abortionists.

Essex on August 11, 2006 at 1:41 AM

The Dems are a diverson on man’s quest to find intelligent life in the universe.

Khyber Pass on August 11, 2006 at 8:45 AM