Terrorism: Win-Win for Republicans

This trenchant observation from Steve Benen is worth quoting without comment:

Republican pollster Neil Newhouse said the attempted attack on Christmas is “a black eye” for the administration. It takes about three seconds of actual thought to realize how absurd this is. Was 9/11 “a black eye” for Bush/Cheney? How about the anthrax attacks? Or Richard Reid? Or the attacks against U.S. allies around the world? And the terrorist attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan?

If I didn’t know better, I might think terrorists trying to kill Americans under a Republican administration is good news for the GOP, while terrorists trying to kill Americans under a Democratic administration is also good news for the GOP. When terrorists try to kill Americans under a Republican administration, it’s Democrats’ responsibility to help bring the country together against a common foe. When terrorists try to kill Americans under a Democratic administration, it’s Republicans’ responsibility to attack the White House, undermine American confidence, and create a climate of fear and division.

  

Author: KATHY KATTENBURG

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  1. Why should anyone assume the American people will buy into this GoP line of argument? And I seem to remember that Dems frequently asserted that GoP policies under Bush were not keeping the country any safer – quite the opposite in fact….

  2. it’s Republicans’ responsibility to attack the White House, undermine American confidence, and create a climate of fear and division.

    Absent viable ideas or desire for national unity, fear and division seem to be the only song the GOP knows. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, as I'd be interested in seeing any actual living examples of republican vision for progress as we head into 2010.

  3. They are on the defensive now, though they should not be, but they are. Hard to hit back or come up with good stuff this way. However, IMO, some on this forum wouldn't give them much credit if they did. Doesn't mean I agree with them, I think both parties are in war mode now.

  4. As much as I hate Bush, I must admit we were blind-sided by Islamia on 9/11. Obama's failure to toughen up security is inexcusable, even after Bush's 8-year incompetence on security.

    But Obama doesn't see a terrorist threat in the first place. He sees disturbed non-whites who need counseling. What else do you expect from a Chicago Professor?

  5. He sees disturbed non-whites who need counseling

    Fact free garbage.

  6. It is indicative of an all to obvious weakness in our form of government. Partisanship reaching dangerous levels.
    Apparently our enemies are not great enough a threat to bring us together in common cause….like self defense.

    Maybe the people of this nation with all their different needs and wants to get their way over screams to be heard by a multitude of others demanding this or that in a kaleidoscope montage of real problems, perceived problems, under or over exaggerated problems, constant instant communications applying never ending and ever increasing pressure upon government to perform and change and adapt is over loading government’s ability to perform at all….never mind it’s ability to perform anything useful in a timely manor.

    We have the fighting, bickering, form of government. The world class domestic dispute with no cops to call to settle the arguments and restore the peace.

    We all want something and when you chop the pie up into so many pieces those pieces get smaller and smaller and it no longer is a pie anymore, but instead a mushy mess of out of control crap.

    Oh for the want of a King again….lop off the gays rights head, lop off the anti-gay rights head……war or no war, medicine or no medicine, taxes or no taxes, god or no god, whatever the friggen issue….but lop off SOMETHING!

  7. What liberal juggernaut, Steve Benin, fails to observe is reaction to terrorism.

    After a terrorist attack under Clinton, we lobbed a few cruise missles into terrorist camps and used cold-war era diplomacy tactics on an enemy we didn't understand.

    After a terrorist attack under Bush, we totally anihilated nations that harbored terrorists or had terrorist training camps – we took the war to the enemy that we STILL didn't understand and altered old cold-war era policies in diplomacy.

    After a terrorist attack under Obama, well…. we'll just have to wait and see what his response is.

    For NOW, he should not be criticized. Give him a chance to react, or not.

  8. Yes, yes, yes, yest, SECURITY, no matter the cost, the loss of life, or shrinking freedoms. War, torture, habeas corpus, bill of rights, private hidden prisons, no matter the cost to them, to us, to humanity, and of coarse the profiteers of all the above.

    Since the government is a corporatocracy, Everthing is in the national interest, from natural resources (other peoples), to the war industry, to coffin-making. There are a few decent members of congress from both sides of the aisle, the rest, elephant and donkey have given away their private phone numbers to lobbyists.

  9. Now THERE's the Spirasol I know and love!

    Well said….very well said.

  10. Yeah but the war Hero politicians, McCain, Cunningham, sell out lobby reform, and/or take bribes and thus sell out the country for money and/or power.

    You can't trust the flag waving republicans even if by the rarest stroke of luck they might actually have a patriot's pedigree. Indeed if they do, Run as fast as You Can away for they about to sell you out!

    Vote Liberal. It’s simply the only way to end this corruption.

  11. “Vote Liberal. It’s simply the only way to end this corruption.”

    Former Dem. Rep. William Jefferson was sentenced Friday to serve 13 years in prison for what the lead prosecutor described as “the most extensive and pervasive pattern of corruption in the history of Congress.”

    While the sentence by federal Judge T.S. Ellis III fell well short of the 27 to 33 years recommended by the government, it is by the far the stiffest jail term ever imposed on a member or former member of Congress for crimes committed while in office.

    Jefferson, 62, was found guilty Aug. 6 on 11 charges, including soliciting bribes, depriving citizens of honest service, money laundering and using his office as a racketeering enterprise.

  12. There are a few decent members of congress from both sides of the aisle, the rest, elephant and donkey, have given away their private phone numbers to lobbyists.

    “It is the 90% of politicians that give the other 10% a bad name.” — attributed to Kissinger

  13. Leaving aside the merits of Dem or GOP policies, events like the Christmas Day attack tend to favor the GOP because Obama has emphasized engagement while the GOP has attacked him as soft.

    Of course, Obama is just as determined as Bush was to stop attacks on the US. But image and attitude count for a lot.

    Why, Steve asks, was 9/11 “good” for the GOP? I think that's pretty obvious. Those attacks were beyond the imagination of the American public. But a guy on a plane with a bomb is exactly what we now know to watch out for.

  14. Caution: keep your eye on the donut not the hole.

  15. What donut? I eat bagels. Either way, the hole has fewer calories and I need to lose weight.

    But seriously, politics and policy are always mixed up with each other. You can't see the whole with the “hole”.

  16. But a guy on a plane with a bomb is exactly what we now know to watch out for.”

    I was referring more to this part.
    Also, a bialy is a terrific substitute for bagels; no hole.

  17. spirasol, good points. Teddy Roosevelt would know what to do against crooks, foreign and domestic.

  18. And he rejected the Nobel Peace Prize until he got out of office.

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