27 December, 2009

A Thought on Cons and Security

Ladies and gentlemen, America's contender for Buffoon of the Year, Rep. "Crazy" Pete Hoekstra:
Some have wondered this year if, in the case of a deadly terrorist attack, Republicans could bring themselves to put patriotism over party, and rally behind a president they disagree with.

I think we're getting a sense of the answer.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) said Sunday that it is fair to blame the Obama administration for the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.
Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Select Intelligence Committee said that the administration has not taken the threat of terrorist threats on the U.S. seriously.
Asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace if it is fair to blame the Obama administration for the attacks, the Michigan Republican replied "Yeah, I think it really is."
Not quite 48 hours after a Nigerian man -- who got a visa to enter the United States from the Bush administration -- unsuccessfully tried to kill Americans, Pete Hoekstra, one of Congress' more offensive buffoons, is going on national television to blame the Obama administration. [emphasis added]

I know I shouldn't be surprised, but this is nauseating.

To rationalize his insane criticism, Hoekstra said he felt comfortable blaming the administration for an attack that didn't occur because, "The Obama administration came in and said we're not going to use the word terrorism anymore, we're going to call it man-made disasters, trying to, I think, downplay the threat from terrorism."

By any reasonable measure, this is breathtakingly stupid.
It certainly is.  It's stupid on the merits, and it's stupid because it opens a door that just begs to be walked through.  You dumbshits want to have a debate about who's at fault for failures in airport security?  Two words: Richard Reid.  Did you blame the President then?  No?  Then STFU.

Still babbling?  Let's babble then.  Let's babble about who's giving terrorists visas to come to America and try to blow up our planes.  I have just two words for this debate as well: Bush Administration.  See bolded text above.

Still babbling?  Very well, then.  Let's ask why TSA's been having some issues lately.  Let's discuss the importance of leadership, let's contemplate the fact that the TSA, currently, has no leader, and then let's ponder why they've gone eleven fucking months without someone in the point position:

One of the country's most important national security posts remains vacant. A single senator is holding up confirmation of the man nominated to head the Transportation Security administration.
 50,000 Transportation Security officers screen, inspect, question, and observe at the nation's airports to keep dangerous people and items off planes. Senator Jim Demint believes giving them collective bargaining rights would hurt security.

That's right.  A Con is keeping the TSA headless.  So, Cons, if you want to have this conversation, by all means, let's.  I'll be happy to run through your security failures and your America-hating, terrorist-loving ways.  And if you howl that it's all so unfair, just remember one thing: you're the ones who established the rules for the "debate."

America's Cons: now with more buffoonery!

Update: Yet more buffoonery!   Sen. Jim "Let Me Just Put a Hold on This Critical Nomination" DeMint takes the opportunity to fearmonger about unions.  What a shocker, right?

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