Democrats More Afraid of Tea Party Than Terrorists and Nuclear-Armed Iran
The Metro headline was unambiguous: "Taliban plotted Times Sq. Attempt." Subtitle: "White House says new information shows bomber wasn't acting alone." No surprise, really. Except that's not what we heard the day of the event from New York Democratic leaders. When Katie Couric asked New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who the bomber might be, he responded, “Homegrown, maybe a mentally deranged person or someone with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something.”
Wow. Jihadism didn't even cross his mind. Kind of a short memory for the mayor of the city hit hardest on 9/11. New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) did only a little better: "...some Islamic terrorist group or whether they were some right-wing nut group...doesn't matter."
This simply shows how far out of touch Democrat leadership has become. In their attempts to defuse the Tea Party movement by demonizing so-called right-wing extremists, they've actually deluded themselves that ordinary American citizens are a bigger threat than Islamic terrorists. And why is it politically correct to mouth off in such an irresponsible manner? Talk about profiling and hate-speech. If someone said they suspected a Latino activist of planting the bomb in protest of Arizona's immigration law, they would have been crucified. Reality isn't even on the radar screen for these Democrats. Mr. Blumberg and Mr. Nadler should have gotten the facts straight before pontificating their irresponsible, hate-filled opinions.
But it's not surprising. While politicians and the media have been demonizing Tea Partiers, The Obama Administration has been systematically denying jihadism to the point of replacing "terrorism" with "man-caused disasters." I'm sorry - the gulf oil spill is a man-caused disaster. The Christmas underwear bomber and the Times Square Bomber are terrorists, although White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs almost choked on the T-word when pressured by reporters:
"... I would say that was intended to terrorize. Absolutely. And I would say whoever did that would be categorized as a terrorist, yes.”
But I guess what's most important is that the Times Square Car Bomb Suspect Faisal Shahzad, like the Christmas bomber, was read his Miranda rights when arrested - after boarding a plane to Dubai, despite being on the no-fly list. At least this was a politically-correct near-miss of a man-caused disaster.
This delusional portrayal of normal American citizens as potential terrorists while ignoring the real threat of jihadism is making us less safe. Let's face it - the underwear bomber and the Times Square bomber failed only because of their ineptness, not the effectiveness of our security system. Had they been a little bit smarter and better at what they do, hundreds of lives would have been lost in each "human-caused disaster."
In the very near future, we will face a nuclear-armed Iran. This could have been prevented. We will face continued attempts at terrorism on our soil. Although it is impossible to prevent every attempt, we can do more - a lot more - than pretending the threat is not real. Apologizing and placating our enemies has not helped. We need President Obama to face reality and be tough. And worry a lot less about being politically correct.
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