Tuesday, April 14, 2009

About that "Next Attack"

If there is another major terrorist attack on the United States, especially if it's from Muslim terrorists, the Somali pirate incident of the last week gave us a good preview of what we can expect in terms of solidarity and "national unity" from today's authoritarian Republican Party. At least if it happens while a Democratic President is in office.

Juan Cole (Informed Comment 04/14/09) on Glenn Beck's frivolous attacks on the Obama administration successful handling of the hostage situation:

What kind of person makes fun of the professionals of the US Navy and the FBI while they are trying to do their jobs in saving a true American hero? This kind of snark is not patriotic or manly. It is just a little girl's hissy fit masquerading as macho.
And a much-magnified version of that is exactly what we can expect from the Republican Party in the event of another major terrorist attack on the US.

Of course, the rightwing radical pundit Glenn Beck wasn't alone in his whining:

Obama avoided posturing and talking like a cowboy about the pirates in order to avoid complicating a hostage crisis and endangering the life of the hostage. Obama took heat for his silence, but he took it like a man. Behind the scenes, he received 17 separate briefings.

At exactly the same time that the deft young president authorized lethal force, one of McCain's advisers, the far rightwing pundit Ralph Peters, was ridiculing Obama as ineffectual and clueless ...
Dave Neiwert comments on the same phenomenon in Right-wingers who hit 'President Pantywaist' have egg on their faces after U.S. forces killed pirates Crooks and Liars 04/13/09.

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