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Who Is the Enemy? The Terrorists or Us?

posted at 9:23 am on December 28, 2009 by

Liberal blogger Spencer Ackerman ripped into Joe Lieberman for warning against the terrorist threat in Yemen. But as Instapundit points out, Lieberman was actually quoting an administration official:

Yemen now becomes one of the centers of that fight. I was in Yemen in August. And we have a growing presence there, and we have to, of Special Operations, Green Berets, intelligence. We’re working well with the government of President Saleh there.
I leave you with this thought that somebody in our government said to me in the Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Iraq was yesterday’s war. Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war. That’s the danger we face. (Emphasis added.)

Ann Althouse calls attention to a New York Times article outlining U.S. anti-terror efforts in Yemen — the exact sort of preemptive action that Lieberman was advocating, but which Ackerman denounces as warmongering.

What’s the problem here? I try to explain in my latest American Spectator column:

When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to detonate an explosive aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, liberals were quick to warn against the clear and present danger.
It wasn’t the threat of al Qaeda-trained bombers blowing up Detroit-bound planes that concerned them. Rather, liberals feared that Americans might blame the Obama administration for failing to protect them from terrorists or — perhaps even worse — demand action against the violent extremists who want to kill us all . . .

Please read the whole thing.

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The enemy is always us. Always. Liberal just llllllove that quote from Pogo “I have seen the enemy and it is us”.

Occationally they will see the threat, but it’s always our fault. Always.

thebrokenrattle on December 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Occationally ccasionally

thebrokenrattle on December 28, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Have you ever considered that the reason the “Left” is so silly about terrorism, is because that they themselves are terrorists?

CrazyGene on December 28, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Maybe if AQ targeted SEIU or ACORN we’d get a different reaction?

Robert17 on December 28, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Sometimes I wonder, whenever there is a newly discovered threat they check Americans. For instance when we had the shoe bomber they made all Americans remove their shoes. When it was discovered that terrorist would use liquid explosives the made Americans use smaller bottles. When the terrorist used box cutters during 9/11 they made Americans turn over their nail clippers. A terrorist tried to blow up his underpants….? Now what??? Now they are going to make Americans not go to the bathroom and not hold a pillow. Hey if you are going to stop Americans from going to the bathroom you’re going to have some angry people.

Come on people use some common sense. Oh wait I get it, it’s all those Right Wing Extremist groups. NEVER MIND!

RonAck on December 29, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Excellent column.

Cylor on December 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM