Christmas 2003? Going into an election year?
SAN DIEGO, California (AP) -- A newly boosted terror threat level was prompting heavier security Monday at buildings ranging from nuclear plants to shopping malls. Checkpoints for trucks were heightened at bridges including the Golden Gate Bridge and spans into New York City.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned Sunday of possible terrorist strikes more devastating than the al Qaeda attacks of September 11, 2001. He raised the alert on the nation's five-color code from "elevated" (yellow) to "high" (orange.)
Amazing, isn't it? Even though world wide terrorism actually increased in that time period, even though bin Laden was still at large, even though Iraq was, rather than drawing terrorists, training and exporting them, the terror threat in America miraculously decreased!
After the election.
Another Christmas miracle! Praise Jesus!
No wonder Howard Dean was denounced as insane, outrageous, and cynical for even suggesting that George "Jesus Christ Almighty" Bush might do something as awful as manipulate Homeland Security terror alerts for political purposes.
Meanwhile, former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean suggested a political motivation for the terror alert -- an allegation denounced as "outrageous" by Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, one of Dean's early rivals in the race for the Democratic nomination.
There you go, Democrats! America's Worst Senator looking out for you!
Dean's comments generated sharp rebukes on the same program from Lieberman, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and from Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority whip.
"I think that's the most cynical view," McConnell said. "The president, after all, is the president, even if he's running for re-election…
"And I don't think the American people believe that George W. Bush, the man who's led us so effectively on the war on terror, would politicize something like this."
Yes, he's been pretty effective. New York was exploded on his watch. He let bin Laden get away. He declined to go after Zarqawi. And, he's received nearly as many F's from the September 11th Commission as he got from Yale!
That doesn't really sound all that effective to me. I mean, really, it sounds like a total miserable failure. And I'd like to say so, though, I don't have much voice in government. Luckily, as a Democrat, I have excellent representation from my Democratic Senators!
Lieberman said he thought McConnell was "absolutely right."
"I don't think anybody who has any fairness or is in their right mind would think the president or the secretary of homeland security would raise an alert level and scare people for political reasons," Lieberman said. "That's outrageous."
Well, explain it to us, Joe. In 2003, when you were busy spewing GOP talking points during the Democratic primaries to help fuel your awful, sorry Jomentum, the federal government, under Bush, was warning us that shopping malls, apartment buildings, schools, airlines, and Time's Square were about to be exploded.
In 2004, when you were calling Howard Dean "outrageous" and out of his "right mind", the federal government, under Bush, was telling us that terrorists were going to actually disrupt the presidential elections. In America.
And after the election?
Fucking all clear!
Christmas? New Year's? The Super Bowl? Who cares! Safe! Totally worry fucking terrorist free!
Fly, shop, party, publicly gather in the thousands! No worries! Thinking about a vacation? Ever considered the mideast? Fly El Al! Wear a Star Spangled yarmulka! Hand out Bibles with little George W. Bush bookmarks in them! It's that freaking safe!
Your government spent literally billions of your dollars scaring you for cheap political purposes. And they were as incompetent and lazy and as half assed doing it as they are with everything else that it is even more obvious now than it blatantly was at the time.
I mean, come on! Assholes! If you're going to fuck around with Homeland Security, don't be so goddammed stupid as to stop, on a dime, once the election is over. Jerk us around for a year or two more, at least.
I don't know what bothers me more. That the Bush administration actually did what it did. That our "liberal" media, which witnessed this appalling abuse of public money and trust, gives more credence to people calling Howard Dean insane than to Howard Dean's incredibly reasonable suspicions. That forty percent of my fellow Americans are so damn dumb that they wet their pants and stock up on bottled water and canned food over this kind of crap. That dickheads like Joe Lieberman will go out of their way to malign some of the few people who are courageous enough to say, publicly, what everyone who's anyone knows privately.
Or, that the Bush administration, even in its awful successes, is as hamhanded and obvious and incompetent in everything that it does.
Think about it. If this is how sloppy and obvious these clowns are trying to manipulate the American people, people they understand, just imagine what kind of laughable stupidity these assholes are throwing our money away on overseas.