Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dear Right: Enough with the Revisionist History on "Keeping Us Safe"

Dear Right: It is time to call a spade a spade with respect to this so-called "keeping us safe" mantra. Your spade-calling goggles have been a bit foggy for quite some time now on this subject. Let me take that back - "foggy" still implies some degree of translucence so perhaps foggy isn't quite the description I'm looking for - more like covered with mud. Let me get that for you.

In the wake of the attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by Nigerian terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Right has unfortunately gone into full attack mode on President Obama's failure to "keep us safe," which is an implied reference back to former President Bush's ability to "keep us safe." Only one little problem with that...Bush didn't keep us safe. But far be it for insignificant minutia such as truth or facts to keep folks like Rep. Peter King (NY) or former VP Dick Cheney from speaking their mind dagnabit. His Majesty, Mr. Cheney, stated the following:

“Obama seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war.”

So to recap, refusing to give terrorist suspects lawyers, civilian trials, Miranda rights, and giving high-profile Presidential responses to terrorist attempts will keep America safe. Got it. Thanks for clearing that up, Mr. Cheney.

Surely, when Mr. Cheney, in all of his infinite wisdom, implemented that exact same formula for success it must have kept America safe right?

Actually no.

Quick question - we all know we have to take off our shoes at the airport but does anybody remember WHY we have to take off our shoes? 5 points if you said Richard Colvin Reid. Who is Richard Colvin Reid? Why he's the infamous "Shoe Bomber" - a member of al Queada who attempted to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 (Paris to Miami) on December 22, 2001 - just 3 months AFTER 9/11. That's right, I said AFTER 9/11. And who's watch did that fall on? That's right, on Mr. Cheney's watch. I'm not even going to focus on Bush 43 at the moment because at least he's sitting down and shutting up which, given Cheney's recalcitrance of late, would not be a bad idea for the rest of you on the Right who sound just like him.

By the way, Richard Colvin Reid was tried, and convicted, in a ...wait for it... Federal Court (aka "Civilian Court") in Boston, complete with lawyers and Miranda rights, and is currently serving a life sentence in a supermax federal prison. But by all means, dear Right, please continue to propagate the infallible Cheney-Doctrine of "keeping us safe." Keep telling us that by shredding our Constitution just a little and encouraging our Commander-in-Chief to go ape-sh!t whenever some nut decides to blow himself up on an air liner that it will all "keep us safe" in the end. On second thought, I've changed my mind, don't do that anymore because it didn't "keep us safe" during Mr. Shoe-Bomber, and it sure as hell didn't "keep us safe" during the biggest terrorist attack on American soil in U.S. history which, despite all of your attempts to revise history, still happened on Cheney's watch: 9/11.

See the problem with you, Right, is that you've been saying "George Bush/Dick Cheney kept us safe" for so long that you actually believe it. You actually believe that nothing happened on 9/11/01 or 12/22/01 - or rather - you acknowledge that these things did happen but you honestly believe in your mind that they happened before Bush/Cheney took office. No, Right. Enough with the revisionist history. Those things happened, and they happened on Cheney's watch.

Deal with it.

So before you grab up the torches and pitch forks and head up to the Obama White House over the next terrorist attempt, don't be so quick to forget about history.
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