The attack on Northwest Flight 253 was far from a failure

The struggle to defeat terrorism has two dimensions.

The first and most obvious is physical. In the physical world, we must tighten our security measures; we must find and kill those committed to terrorism; we must discourage others from choosing that course of action; we must seek allies in our common cause and deny our enemies safe haven. We have been doing all those things, and will continue doing so.

But the second dimension is psychological. Our enemies cannot terrorize us unless we allow ourselves to be terrorized. Their goal, remember, is not to bring down airliners or inflict mass casualties; those are merely the means they hope to use to achieve their real goal of provoking panic, fear and overreaction.

Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, the mastermind of Sept. 11, put it well: “The language of war is victims,” he said. Killing is a means of sending a message.

In that sense, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab succeeded even while failing. The Nigerian engineering student did not bring down Northwest Flight 253; physically, he was foiled by fellow passengers and perhaps his own incompetence. No one died. Yet he and those who sent him must be gratified by the sense of terror and panic he has inspired in some of our fellow Americans.

Take U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, ranking Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee who also happens to be running for governor of Michigan. Hoekstra is a frightened man, and he wants others to share his fears. Within three days of the attempted attack, he sent out a fundraising letter in which he blames the incident on the Obama administration, “the same weak-kneed liberals who have recently tried to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists right here to Michigan!”

I just love that exclamation point. It’s almost perfect. And I say “almost perfect” because you have to leave room to acknowledge absolute perfection, which Hoekstra achieves later in that letter:

“There should be no partisan rancor when it comes to keeping our citizens safe. Unfortunately, as the Democrat party drifts further and further to the left, their leaders are making decisions that should frighten us all.”

Fear is useful. Fear makes people malleable. Osama bin Laden knows it. So does Peter Hoekstra.

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina has reacted in a similar vein, suggesting that the failed attack should force a complete revision of the nation’s approach to confronting terrorism, as well as a change in its leadership.

“[S]oft talk about engagement, closing Gitmo, these things are not going to appease the terrorists,” DeMint told Politico. “They’re going to keep coming after us, and we can’t have politics as usual in Washington, and I’m afraid that’s what we’ve got right now with airport security.”

Yes, they are going to keep coming after us. Similar attacks have been launched in the past and will occur in the future as well. Our enemies have not gone away; they have not surrendered and they will continue to probe our defenses for weakness.

But weakness can be psychological as well as physical. These cries of fear and panic come from the same geniuses who believe that putting terrorists into SuperMax prisons here in the United States somehow endangers our national security. They have lost all sense of perspective, and show themselves devoid of courage and judgment. They are not leaders, because no one can or should follow those scurrying in fright.

In his poem “If”, Rudyard Kipling wrote in admiration of those who “can keep your head when all about you
are losing theirs and blaming it on you.” He would not have admired many in American public life today.

488 comments Add your comment

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 29th, 2009
2:00 pm

Well, I don’t see why that guy had to go and ruin his Private Parts while he was blowing people up. Some things are Sacred.

joe matarotz

December 29th, 2009
2:08 pm

I was just wondering if Jon Stewart will be playing any clips of our resident genius, Janet Napolitano.

Taxpayer

December 29th, 2009
2:10 pm

Actually, Jay, we all have good reason to be skeered. I mean, if $650 annually to DoD is not enough to stop every single terrorist dead in his or her tracks, what will it TAKE! I FEEL A PAIN ATTACK COMING ON. I need a bag! Where’s my bag! Breath. That’s it. Ahhhhhhh! I’m all right now.

Taxpayer

December 29th, 2009
2:11 pm

Oops. That should be 650 billion. $650 would be a cheap price to pay for security.

Mrs. Godzilla

December 29th, 2009
2:11 pm

read the previous threads’ six pages and you can count the
the folks who let Captain Underpants win in their own lives.

not me and outhouse,
I scoff. He…..well let him tell you.

AmVet

December 29th, 2009
2:11 pm

There was a time after My Pet Goat, when the Republicants could (mis)lead many in this country through intimidation and fear.

Remember Rudy? Every other word out of his campaigning mouth was 9/11!!!

That day has come and gone. Along with their political viability…

Jake

December 29th, 2009
2:15 pm

There’s fear and panic is not found in those political tactics, Jim’s just being sarcastic and attacking a couple of Reps. If the terrorist’s mission was successful, the fear and panic will show in decreased sales of airline tickets, like it did right after 911.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 29th, 2009
2:16 pm

Of course, it’s the Republican’s fault.

we must find and kill those committed to terrorism

You mean like, Iran?

Taxpayer

December 29th, 2009
2:19 pm

I think the GOP should campaign on the war against terrorism and the repeal of healthcare legislation and the repeal of women’s rights, for starters. If those are not enough, I’m sure I can come up with a few more. Of course, it should go without saying, Palin/McCain 2012. That’s the ticket. The Beached Boys will play that favorite GOP tune, written by McCain, at each rally.

Bob

December 29th, 2009
2:20 pm

Jay, why do you say people are afraid of putting the GITMO guys here. A few might feel they can escape but most feel terrorists are being rewarded by getting rights under the constitution. I am quite sure that if one tried to escape, the person guarding them will shoot to kill. Like Holder said to the senate, he knew of no other time when an enemy combatant was brought to America and given rights. But Obama is doing it anyway.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 29th, 2009
2:20 pm

Fear and panic is the dummycrat party modus operandi, er, normal operation.

The economy will collapse without health care, waaaaaaa!

The unemployment rate will go above 9% with out Porkulus, er, I mean 11%, waaaaa!

The Republicanshhh wont playshh wishhh ush, hic, Oo.oOo.ooO, attack, attacksh, attack, hic, waaaaa!

Outhouse Go-Kart

December 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

Enter your comments here

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

Jay,

Been celebrating Christmas in warmer and intertubes-free environs…ahhh

I have already sent this sentence – ‘They have lost all sense of perspective, and show themselves devoid of courage and judgment. They are not leaders, because no one can or should follow those scurrying in fright.’ – to a few still unenlightened acquaintances.

We chose to change from those types of leaders last November.

Please, I beg you true conservatives…please do not support politicians that endorse the Bush/Republican Congress policies of most of this century.

Those policies, both foreign and domestic, failed.

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2009
2:28 pm

Jay, what’s sad is that someone has to post some version of this column every few months or or so, post-9/11.

I do hope to live to see a time when the likes of DeMint, Hoekstra and such are so marginalized and ridiculed that they can’t harvest political crops from flareups like this. maybe one day.

Mrs. Godzilla

December 29th, 2009
2:28 pm

Andy

You’re terribly sexy when you do slingblade….

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2009
2:29 pm

Please, I beg you true conservatives…

You’ll find that doesn’t get you very far.

Outhouse Go-Kart

December 29th, 2009
2:31 pm

Let me make one point perfectly clear!!!

LYNRD SKYNRD was NOT on the plane!

AmVet

December 29th, 2009
2:32 pm

It would seem that the hemorrhaging neo-conned have NOTHING but the WAR ON TERROR(!!!) to hang onto now.

In every other facet of governance they have been summarily kicked to the curb by a disgusted electorate.

Republican crybabies and never-served failures, playing army…

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2009
2:32 pm

SD, I am hoping there are a few that will, as YOU suggest, marginalize the freaks (Demint, Hoekstra, Palin, etc.) in their own ranks.

Wouldn’t that be great for this country?

Doggone/GA

December 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

Jay…a while back I saved something from a previous blog of yours, and I’ve lost it. Something about “if they have the scare you to get your vote” – do you remember that one?

@@

December 29th, 2009
2:35 pm

jay, Abuma-mama-dullah or whatever the heck is name was on a proof-of-concept mission. Could have just as easily succeeded, which would then open the door for the concept to be applied. Once those IEDs explode, it’s virtually impossible to pick up the pieces, much less knowing how they operate.

So a terrorist is sitting back in Yemen saying……hmmmmm, a little tweek here…..a little tweek there. Who knows?

To see security heightened puts them on the defensive. Meanwhile, we’re bombing the hell out of their operations in Yemen. Through their failures, we’ve bought time. Let’s hope the Obama administration puts it to good use. Gawd knows he’s wasted a lot of it on his “health care” bill. Wasted a lot of money that could have been put to better use too.

Pork is good, but only when used against muslim extremists.

stands for decibels

December 29th, 2009
2:35 pm

if $650 [billion] annually to DoD is not enough to stop every single terrorist dead in his or her tracks

And that’s the thing–reasonable people understand that you CAN’T stop every. single. terrorist. dead in his or her own tracks.

Dammit, Kerry was right–our objective really ought to be to get this to the point where terrorism is a “nuisance”, to be managed, and understood to be just another kind of crime that a certain sort of whackjob commits. Instead of guiding our foreign/fiscal/domestic/whathaveyou policy.

It would help if intelligent people stopped listening to the likes of Holy Joe, Demint, and the other Terra Terra Terra bandwagoneers.

AmVet

December 29th, 2009
2:36 pm

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 29th, 2009
2:39 pm

Well, for months somebody always beat me to it but the first time I got to go first nobody even says a word. Bunch of spoilsports.

I say we done lost the War on Terrer. When you got people willing to blow up their own You Know What just to blow us up, you’re up against somebody that can’t be beat. I mean, I could understand a bomb in a bag or even a bomb in a coat. But a bomb in the underpants? You know that’s got to smart when it goes off. People willing to do that ain’t afraid of nothing.

Anyhow, there’s only a few things we can do now and it will take a strong Conservative President to make sure we do them:

1. Hide, lock all of the doors, and keep all your weapons loaded.
2. Make sure everybody flies buck-nekkid, even the ugly ones that hurt your eyes when you look at them. We ain’t got time for skittish people.
3. Find some other little country we can attack and beat like a rented mule.
4. Pass all the tax cuts you can so we can be Free.
5. Get rid of all the Socialism stuff so we’ll have the money to fight the new war.

That ought to about do it. Have a good p.m. everybody.

@@

December 29th, 2009
2:41 pm

…and yet that same John Kerry just got Massachusetts a DoD contract to continue producing jet engines that the Pentagon said would likely never be used.

John Kerry operates in a vacuum where he can skim votes.

Logical Dude

December 29th, 2009
2:48 pm

similar arguments as Cynthia’s blog. . . Other than the more blog space/ editorial space/ articles written only give the (failed) bomber more power. Unfortunately, politicians are doing the same thing. Marginalize the terrorists, they are unimportant. I do not live in constant fear of them. I fear the drivers next to me much more than I fear the “terrorist”.
And that makes them powerless.

josef nix

December 29th, 2009
2:49 pm

“In his poem “If”, Rudyard Kipling wrote in admiration of those who “can keep your head when all about you
are losing theirs and blaming it on you.” He would not have admired many in American public life today.”

On either “side” of the political posturing, I would venture. I do not mean this as any type of personal attack, but posting this thread is but another ratcheting up of the volume, serving no real positive end beyond allowing a vent space for the malcontents in this colonial backwater we call home, but feeding into the divisiveness nonetheless…

AmVet

December 29th, 2009
2:52 pm

josef at 2:29 – yeah what he said!

Now somebody get me a pitchfork and lets find that damned Frankenstein monster!!!

Speaking of bombs and gaps (or is it cracks?)…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXUgtEe99ZY

Mrs. Godzilla

December 29th, 2009
2:52 pm

Fear?

From a couple of weeks ago…..

NAME CHANGED TO PROTECT THE INDIVIDUALS FEELINGS

December 14th, 2009
10:01 pm
Haven’t been around, so don’t know if this has been posted:

LONDON — Iran is working towards testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb, British newspaper The Times said Monday, citing confidential documents.

The daily said it had obtained notes describing a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb which triggers an explosion.

The Times claimed that foreign intelligence agencies dated the documents to early 2007 — four years after Tehran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme.

“Is this the smoking gun? That’s the question people should be asking. It looks like the smoking gun. This is smoking uranium.”

————————————————–

Former CIA Official: Iran Nuke Document Was Forged

http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/former-cia-official-iran-nuke-documen

AmVet

December 29th, 2009
2:52 pm

Make that 2:49…

Taxpayer

December 29th, 2009
2:54 pm

If anything, we should all be terrified of lightning.

Doggone/GA

December 29th, 2009
2:58 pm

“serving no real positive end beyond allowing a vent space for the malcontents in this colonial backwater we call home, but feeding into the divisiveness nonetheless…”

Josef – I don’t entirely agree. If columns like this warn even a few people to be careful about fear being ramped up for no good reason, then that’s a few less people likely to panic at the “command” of the terrorist. The more people we have who can think clearly, the better.

Taxpayer

December 29th, 2009
3:06 pm

Flying is safe. It’s those danged golf courses that will git ya. Between the lightning strikes and the golf balls from nowhere, it can be downright hazardous to go anywhere near them.

josef nix

December 29th, 2009
3:07 pm

“If columns like this warn even a few people to be careful about fear being ramped up for no good reason…”

“If” being the operative word…we, self included, flayed this horse all of yesterday and most of today, taking a break last night to have some fun and taking time to indulge in some name calling and a little snicker-snicker in our partisan bickering…what is the purpose in continuing the same here instead of there?

Doggone/GA

December 29th, 2009
3:10 pm

“what is the purpose in continuing the same here instead of there?”

Why, the other day, did you ask Jay for a new thread? If nothing else, it keeps the number of past replies down. But it also gives a different slant to the issue…and maybe a new slant to SOME of the replies.

Plus, where else do you think Jay should post HIS opinions?

pat

December 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

Yet another thinly veiled attack on conservatives… You just did the samething you accused others of doing, using the politics of fear to bash your enemies. Now that is waht I call transparency.

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

afraid of terrorists? nope.

afraid of banks legally raping me and my family on a monthly basis? you bety.

Mr. Snarky

December 29th, 2009
3:14 pm

Jay’s point hits the mark. The goal of terrorism is not to kill people, but to terrorize them. By overreacting and doing stupid, counterproductive things (like invading Iraq) we just make things worse.

Jimmy62

December 29th, 2009
3:15 pm

Republicans aren’t afraid of putting terrorists in prisons here. it just seems silly when there’s a perfectly good facility in Guantanamo for foreign enemies to reside in, seeing as they do not and should not get the rights accorded a US citizen. But go ahead with your lies and strawman arguments, you get plenty of backing from clueless commenters.

At least now you are saying the truth. These people want to kill us and aren’t going to stop. Of course a year and half ago you were lying and saying it was Bush’s fault they hate us. Now that you can’t blame Bush anymore, you finally admit the truth the republicans were saying all along. These acts of terrorism are the result of a fanatic religious culture that worships death and it has nothing to do with whomever is President of the US at the time. Nice to see some honesty from you, for once.

What I don’t understand is why all you liberals want to trap poor children in bad schools (anti-voucher), keep poor people dependent and on the dole instead of creating incentives for them not to be poor (expansion of welfare whenever and wherever possible, with bailouts for everyone that screws up), and kill off innovation in medicine so that millions will die from diseases that otherwise would have been cured (the healthcare bill and taking medicine out the hands of people with incentives to innovate and putting it in the hands of politicians and panels).

I guess liberals are as evil as they try to make conservatives out to be.

Mrs. Godzilla

December 29th, 2009
3:18 pm

shorter jimmy62

” “

Road Scholar

December 29th, 2009
3:19 pm

Jay, isn’t DeMint the one who is single handedly holding up hearings to approve President Obama’s pick for Homeland security chief? His reasoning is that the TSA workers may vote for a union. Mr. Dementia, I mean DeMint, which Union are you working for? The US?

josef nix

December 29th, 2009
3:22 pm

BTW, we have unfinished business downstairs…

Doggone…
Why did I ask? I thought it might bring up something fresh, and it did and I was appreciative…this is not that. And why keep the number of replies down. I thought it was in his (and our) best interest to see a large number to let his bosses know how popular he really is…I don’t see that new slant you mention nor do I see any opinion here I did not see below…”be careful with making political hay out of this this early in the game…”

“Plus, where else do you think Jay should post HIS opinions?”

Here, and anywhere else they are wanted. Personally, I wish he would offer more of his “chime in” comments once we get rolling on “a little bit of opinion about a lot of things.” I understand why he doesn’t, but I still wish he would…

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2009
3:22 pm

J62, I’d ask, ‘are you serious?’ but, I would probably be disappointed at the answer.

If you live in a state of mind that REALLY believes people (liberals in your vernacular) want to ‘trap poor children in bad schools…keep people dependent…kill off millions of people from diseases’, etc. then you prove yourself to be completely irrational.

How do otherwise rational people come to believe such absolute excrement??

TnGelding

December 29th, 2009
3:23 pm

Maybe Allah intervened?

Do we have enough bomb-sniffing dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan that if we brought all the troops home every international passenger could be checked? Let’s get more of them trained and use them.

The current system is stupid, costly, ineffective and inconvenient.

josef nix

December 29th, 2009
3:26 pm

TnGelding…

“Maybe All-h intervened?”

For which, no doubt, Muslims (and every other faith) worldwide are thankful…

Jenifer

December 29th, 2009
3:26 pm

Oh my yes! Yemeny Cricket! There are so many scared up folk here! They’re just a hollerin’ and a screamin’ “That Obama’s gonna git us killed.”

Doggone/GA

December 29th, 2009
3:28 pm

“I don’t see that new slant you mention nor do I see any opinion here I did not see below”

But there’s always one thing we can’t ever know: how many people read his opinions, but who never post here. I don’t even know if Jay knows that.

Besides, I seriously doubt the popularity…or lack of it…has anything to do with it. After all, sometimes blogs are locked to prevent comments being posted.

Jenifer

December 29th, 2009
3:29 pm

“Jay, isn’t DeMint the one who is single handedly holding up hearings to approve President Obama’s pick for Homeland security chief?”

Yes, he’s the one. And from South Carolina. You reckon he’s been hiking on that Appalachian Trail?

Mr. Snarky

December 29th, 2009
3:29 pm

Jimmy,
They’re called human rights for a reason…you shouldn’t have to be a US citizen not to be tortured.

It’s not just Bush’s fault they hate us. He just made it worse with his stupidity.

Dummy, we don’t want to trap people in bad schools…we want public schools not to be bad.

Bailouts for everyone that screws up…sounds better than just paying for people to be incarcerated all their lives.

Killing innovation in healthcare?..I haven’t seen the part of the bill where if someone invents a drug that cures cancer nobody can buy it.

You guess wrong. Conservatives just want to defund anything that doesn’t contribute to corporate profits for fat cats.

jt

December 29th, 2009
3:30 pm

It is quite entertaining to see these brave lefties face the terrorists,but…………..

just let the temperature go up a few degrees.

Global warming is gonna kill us all.

jt

December 29th, 2009
3:33 pm

A sincere public announcement.

Don’t ask me how I know but it is the truth.

Within ONE year, our benevolent federal government will be coming for your 401K.

It will not be as drastic as what happened in Argentina(yet)., but…………………..

You will be MANDATED to hold a certain percentage in Treasury Bills.

This will be just the beginning.

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2009
3:34 pm

taking medicine out the hands of people with incentives to innovate and putting it in the hands of politicians and panels

Jimmy62 gets his information from Sara Palin. That should be a clue to you right off that nothing of note will follow.

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2009
3:36 pm

jt, ‘Don’t ask me how I know…’ Don’t worry we have a ’stinking’ suspicion about your source…

DoggoneGA

December 29th, 2009
3:37 pm

“You will be MANDATED to hold a certain percentage in Treasury Bills.”

Sorry, but that’s not an original thought. Paul Joseph Watson beat you to it:
http://www.infowars.com/government-to-confiscate-401ks-and-iras-for-mandatory-savings-tax/

B. Miller

December 29th, 2009
3:38 pm

Cannit with the DeMint prop.

It took Obama more than eight months to nominate ANYONE to lead the TSA, and the Senate has yet to set a date to hold hearings. They’ve been bogged down with health care reform.

Personally, I don’t want TSA bogged down by unions. Unions are notorious for striking at critical times which gives leverage to their negotiators.

josef nix

December 29th, 2009
3:39 pm

Doggone–

Besides, I seriously doubt the popularity…or lack of it…has anything to do with it. After all, sometimes blogs are locked to prevent comments being posted.”

You may well be right, but the game in this business is numbers (i.e. circulation) and I’m fairly sure that the Bruin’s feeders are aware that his outstrip the others big time and that there’s no need to block comments here…the d*mnable blog-g-d notwithstanding…

DoggoneGA

December 29th, 2009
3:42 pm

“that there’s no need to block comments here”

That’s only because we’ve never suffered a SERIOUS troll attack. If one ever happens, you’ll see it shut down FAST…I have no doubt.

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2009
3:43 pm

Senior Miller, I actually agree with you on the unionization of the TSA or any other department that works for the federal gov’t.

Unions may still be needed in the corporate world, but, I for one, cannot understand the need for federal, state of local gov’t workers to be unionized…

Outhouse Go-Kart

December 29th, 2009
3:43 pm

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

One allows themselves to be raped by [banks] and deservedly so. I feel zero sympathy for these “victims” of ARM’s, interest only loans and this phantom “predatory lending”. All smoke and mirrors for this jerk-offs that thought they were getting something for nothing.

See…contracts are be be read and understood BEFORE applying signature.

AHH HAHAHAHAAAA!!

Road Scholar

December 29th, 2009
3:43 pm

Jennifer: Who would admit to be his “soul mate”? Isn’t that a scary thought!

Jimmy62: ” kill off innovation in medicine so that millions will die from diseases that otherwise would have been cured ”
Now who was it that lifted the ban on stem cell research?

Jenifer

December 29th, 2009
3:44 pm

DeMented would rather protect us from unions than terrorists. I’m sure in “republicant-world” this makes sense. Unions have always been more of a threat to the republicant agenda than terrorism, actually terrorism is being used, as this case shows, to prevent workers from achieving rights, benefits and fair treatment. Terrorism has also been used by republicants to attack civil rights, personal freedoms and advancing attacks on anyone who disagrees with the republicant agenda. Yes, republicants like terrorism; unions, not so much.

Mr. Snarky

December 29th, 2009
3:45 pm

“You will be MANDATED to hold a certain percentage in Treasury Bills.”

Yeah right…so why don’t you liquidate and put it in Gold like all the other suckers out there?

DoggoneGA

December 29th, 2009
3:45 pm

“Now who was it that lifted the ban on stem cell research?”

No one. There never was a ban on stem cell research. Obama’s admin lifted the ban on FEDERAL FUNDING of stem cell research. Get your facts straight.

jt

December 29th, 2009
3:49 pm

Now who was it that lifted the ban on stem cell research?

There never was a ban on stem cell research.

The current administration just allowed the incompetant federal gov. to use stolen money and get involved. This often crowds out sincere inspired research.

And Doggone- I never said it was an original thought. Just a fact.

And Lord Help Us- I didn’t think you were reading my comments anymore?

Road Scholar

December 29th, 2009
3:49 pm

Doggone: Now who provides most of the funds for research and development?

Hard Right Hook

December 29th, 2009
3:49 pm

Finn McCool

December 29th, 2009
3:12 pm
afraid of terrorists? nope.

afraid of banks legally raping me and my family on a monthly basis? you bety.

Why’s you sign the contract then?

Lord Help Us

December 29th, 2009
3:50 pm

jt, ‘And Lord Help Us- I didn’t think you were reading my comments anymore?’

I must have forgotten, thanks for the reminder…geez…

Mrs. Godzilla

December 29th, 2009
3:51 pm

jt

It’s interesting to see the righties beg and cry for the $$$$$ for scanners to protect their butts from something that has as much chance of happening as a lightning strike, but b!tch and moan about a deficit reducing HCR bill that could save 125 lives a day by getting them access
to affordable insurance.

Road Scholar

December 29th, 2009
3:51 pm

jt; so if the Feds find a cure for whatever you may get in the future, heaven forbid, will you turn it down?

4youreyesonly

December 29th, 2009
3:51 pm

Well if terrorism is to scare people and not kill them why do terrorist use bombs and not a scary mask. Thats a stupid remark. The purpose of the Islam organization is to kill people. PERIOD

The Nerve

December 29th, 2009
3:52 pm

Finn…curious as well as how banks are legally raping you and your family on a monthly basis.

jt

December 29th, 2009
3:52 pm

Mr. Snarky –

I did. Not all gold but some.

You should liquidate while you can. The first step will be a tripling of the penalties for early withdrawel.

Taxpayer

December 29th, 2009
3:53 pm

“You will be MANDATED to hold a certain percentage in Treasury Bills.”

T-Bills. War bonds. Higher taxes. We gotta start paying for all the GOP largess via the People’s Bank of China issued credit card so let’s get started.

DoggoneGA

December 29th, 2009
3:53 pm

“Doggone: Now who provides most of the funds for research and development?”

Too broad a question. It depends on what you are talking about. If you mean stem cell research, well…it HASN’T been the government, because there’s been a ban on most federal funding of that research.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 29th, 2009
3:55 pm

CAPITOL HILL IN LOCKDOWN: REPORTS OF PERSON WITH A GUN…

Why all the fear, dummycrats?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 29th, 2009
3:56 pm

Why don’t you find this person and be friends with him, like Bookman says?

DoggoneGA

December 29th, 2009
3:56 pm

“The purpose of the Islam organization is to kill people. PERIOD”

Ok, so are you scared?

Joey

December 29th, 2009
3:57 pm

The only panic I have seen is when Napolatanio and the TSA over reacted by creating rules about blankets, bathrooms and seats.

The things that Jay are labeling fear, panic or terror are more like political positioning or simply frustration with things like how to choose whom we give a rigorous preflight inspection.

That is unless Democrats are terrorified that this episode will mean a loss of more seats than they were already going to lose. You know that would terrify Jay.

@@

December 29th, 2009
3:58 pm

Geez, jay!!!!

Fifth time running a piece on Flight 253?

Have you got the squirts or what???

Pogo

December 29th, 2009
4:02 pm

No Amvet, the GOP has one hell of a lot more to hang other than the terror issue. Your man Obama, your resident dummy Pelosi and your Night of the Living Dead zombie Reid are making sure of that. The knashing of teeth come November is going to legendary!

And Godzilla, your acid is showing. Feeling some pressure are you?

Sam

December 29th, 2009
4:02 pm

what rights do terrorists in supermax prisons for life get?

Tom

December 29th, 2009
4:03 pm

“Fear & terror”?? The Wingnuts feast on it. It is their very essence.
It is from those sources that they derive their supporters.

RW-(the original)

December 29th, 2009
4:07 pm

Good point on the fear thing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama may think words like “catastrophe,” “crisis” and “disaster” help sell his economic rescue plans, but U.S. history has shown that scare tactics can backfire.

Having campaigned on a promise of hope and run against what he called President George W. Bush’s “politics of fear,” Obama may be taking a big political risk — for himself and his policies — by resorting to the same tactic.

In pressing Congress and the public to back expensive proposals, Obama has used the well-worn political rhetoric of fear to paint dire scenarios, hoping to persuade skeptics of the need for quick action. It may work, and it may not.

That’s from back in February and he hasn’t changed a bit.

Mrs. Godzilla

December 29th, 2009
4:08 pm

Pogo

oh my! i been tweeked – again!

Liberal Are BEYOND Shame (Sane)

December 29th, 2009
4:08 pm

Leave it to a bleeding-heart liberal to turn the focus away from the person who tried to kill dozens of people and put that focus on Republican politicians. Can you all put the partisan bickering away for just one month????

Instead, what you should be lamenting is the fact that Homeland Security Chief Napolitano first said the system worked AFTER homeboy fried his chestnuts, THEN back-pedaled and said she was wrong (a similar theme of the Obama Administration, I might add). Really? Because I’m sure the system works when you catch the guy BEFORE he tries to kill my family and friends. She apparently doesn’t have a firm grasp on her job description. Maybe you, Bookman, can explain it to her with your finely tuned sense of how the world should work………

Mr. Snarky

December 29th, 2009
4:09 pm

JT – good luck with that…you’re probably buying at the top.

Taxpayer

December 29th, 2009
4:09 pm

Ahhhhhhh! My first slice from my first loaf of bread from my new mixer. Life is good. I feel like I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.

jt

December 29th, 2009
4:10 pm

Taxpayer

December 29th, 2009
3:53 pm

“You will be MANDATED to hold a certain percentage in Treasury Bills.”

T-Bills. War bonds. Higher taxes. We gotta start paying for all the GOP largess via the People’s Bank of China issued credit card so let’s get started.

You do know that you do not have to wait until you are forced to? Tim Geithner will appreciate every T-bill you buy.

Taxpayer

December 29th, 2009
4:11 pm

Clearly the only reasonable thing for a wingnut to do is stay under the bed. It’s safer there.

jt

December 29th, 2009
4:13 pm

Mr. Snarky –

Some sincere advice. Only a fool would buy gold bullion now. When IO said gold, I meant gold jewelry and items from pawn shops. It is easily bartered and easily liquidated.

Research Argentina in 2001.

Liberals=Morons

December 29th, 2009
4:14 pm

The American people know Republicans are much stronger leaders when it comes to dealing with public security….this attack and threats of more are yet another nail in the democratic coffin! They will get slaughtered in Nov 2010 elections.

RW-(the original)

December 29th, 2009
4:16 pm

we must find and kill those committed to terrorism;

That’s an interesting concept. If you think they’re committed to terrorism you can kill them, but if you ask them first they have all the rights of an American citizen and I’m pretty sure you can’t kill them right away anymore.

Linda

December 29th, 2009
4:17 pm

The cries of FEAR come from those who are AFRAID to leave Gitmo open. They are the ones, both Dems & Reps, who are AFRAID, the ones who “have lost all sense of perspective, & show themselves devoid of courage & judgment. They are not leaders.” They are the ones “scurrying in fright.” We have allowed our enemies to terrorize us by closing the most secure prison for terrorists. America is intimidated & making a huge mistake.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 29th, 2009
4:19 pm

Obama Biden for World Peace Framed Tile- Barack Obozo for President 2008! Joe Bin Biden for Veep! For world peace, as symbolized by the peace sign made up of many flags including the flag of the USA. Barack Obozo stands for peace in our time!

Hundreds of al-Qaeda militants are planning terror attacks from Yemen, the country’s Foreign Minister said today.

Iranian authorities continued arresting hundreds of opposition members and accused the United States and Britain on Tuesday of orchestrating the violent demonstrations that rocked the capital and other cities on Sunday.

NKorea confirms it has detained an American.

U.S. troops’ death toll in Afghanistan doubles in 2009.

The Taliban have created a shadow “government-in-waiting,” complete with Cabinet ministers, that could assume power if the U.S.-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai fails, a senior International Security Assistance Force intelligence official said in Kabul

KARACHI, Pakistan — A suicide bomber struck a procession marking a key Shiite Muslim holy day in Pakistan’s biggest city Monday, killing 30 people in an attack blamed on extremists trying to hamper the country’s fight against militancy by sparking a sectarian war.

Somali Pirates Hijack Two Vessels

3 Saudi tourists dead, 3 hurt in Niger desert- It was not clear what sparked the violence, but local insurgents, bandits and members of al-Qaida’s Algeria-based North Africa branch are believed to be active in the area.

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AFP) – Nigerian police went on to red alert across the country Tuesday after violence in Bauchi, a northern Nigerian city, claimed 38 lives, according to police and witnesses.

Never fear, Obozo is here, duh!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 29th, 2009
4:19 pm

Italicize all that, geez

Liberals Are BEYOND Shame (Sane)

December 29th, 2009
4:20 pm

Democrats are screwing up security because they are defeatists by nature. White guilt, defeatism, call it what you want….Democrats like to feel guilty. So in order to combat the guilt they throw logic and reason out on its ear. The funny things is…..it was Democrats who started Vietnam (the war current/young Democrats look to to identify their protest-group roots). Now THAT’S irony!

larry

December 29th, 2009
4:21 pm

Morons, yeah republicans are much stronger leaders alright, I mean, with all the hijacking and terrorist bombings and starting wars for no reason. Yep, the American people know alright and they will remember that in Nov 2010.

mike

December 29th, 2009
4:21 pm

Bookman’s commentary loses all credibility when it turns into another excuse to attack Republicans, like all of his other commentaries.

We get it Jay. Republicans are the root of all of the nation’s problems. Or at least you seem to think so.

soon to be Independent

December 29th, 2009
4:22 pm

Once again, fear is ruling the United States. Why can’t we just blow up the countries holding the bad guys (like during WWII)? That stopped everything. I know, I know – it will start WWIII.

So, now we are agreeing to having our ENTIRE body searched electronically. I guess all out strip search will be next. Pretty soon, we won’t be able to take anything on the planes. Am I rambling??

I just don’t know… I really think that our country is failing and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

jt

December 29th, 2009
4:23 pm

Linda———————–you said.

“We have allowed our enemies to terrorize us by closing the most secure prison for terrorists.”

Don’t be concerned about those prisoners being in Illinois. With two state senators, a state representative, a mayor, and about 1500 people relying on those guys for jobs,

those terrorists will never see the light of day.