Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Bush: Tough On Terror???

As low as Bush’s polls have sunk, the American public still gives him somewhat high ratings for “protecting” us from terror. WTF?!?!?!

Then again, 50% of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction right up until our 2003 invasion. And that percentage is UP from 36% last year! (Insert snide comment about IQs and education levels here _____________________.)

That legendary “Liberal Media” needs to spend less time on athletes using steroids, and Mel Gibson's latest blubberings, and more time on stories like this.

This story is now being covered by the mainstream media, but only because alternative news sources and bloggers have been hammering away at it for several days. Bush wanted to slash $6 million from funds for developing explosives detection technology. Hey Whiskeybreath, this technology is what we need for catching terrorists and hijackers. Heellllooooo!!!!!

Sure it’s fun to spout off slogans like “Wanted dead or alive” and “Bring ‘Em On” and “Fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here.” But along with all the spinning and soundbiting, there’s actually some work involved.

The Homeland Security Dept. has also failed to spend $200 million in research and development funds from past years. This money was finally rescinded by lawmakers. The department was also slow to start testing a new liquid explosives detector that the Japanese provided to the United States earlier this year. Anybody home?????

This recent terror plot uncovered in London — which Bush and Cheney have been squeezing for every last drop of PR — would have involved liquid explosives. Japanese airports are already using these liquid explosive detectors.

We aren’t gonna protect ourselves from terror attacks by invading other countries and Swiftboating everyone who disagrees with Bush’s foreign policy. It’s time to put away the soundbites and start working more effectively.


Blogger Pikkel Weezel said...

Keep writing, each time you do, it's a comical look at how ignorant people can really be.

August 13, 2006 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

The only thing dumber than your comment is your blog.

August 13, 2006 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

My favorite slogan from the Bush era is still "Mission Accomplished". Not only has the mission not yet been accomplished, the Bush administration may not have even been sure what the mission was to begin with. I hope our troops can accomplish their mission, but I have to think many of them may not be sure what the mission is. (Whatever it is, I wish our troops the best and I think about them daily, about them doing their jobs well, about their safety, about getting them back home.)

Bu$hCo has come up with several different missions since the invasion. I believe "Mission Accomplished" is the GOP slogan we on the left need to hammer the right wing with, but that it needs to be phrased more like a question:

"Mission Accomplished?" WTF!!? You HAVE to be kidding... !


The "liberal media" did indeed do a great job convincing the American people that Saddam had the WMDs immediately before the invasion, and even of convincing lots of us (for a while) that Saddam and Al Qaeda were in cahoots. Oh, but they are one and the same... I forgot!

The Japanese airport technology is definitely worth looking into. Then again, those sneaky Japanese are pioneering automobiles that will cut into the amount of gasoline the American oil companies can sell, so therefore we shouldn't buy Japanese products, right? Sure, I know that is completely illogical, but it is no less so than the DHS not spending its $200 million or Bush trying to cut monies from what is needed to actually protect Americans.

If we have the technology to prevent terrorists from carrying out attacks here in America, then let's USE it for heaven's sake... If we have the knowhow to develop those kinds of things, then what in hell are we doing not developing them? Maybe it's time to get on the stick? Ya think?

I didn't think Kerry was a particularly inspiring presidential candidate, but his ideas about spending more money on beefing up security here at home that we are spending on a war in Iraq are sounding better and better each day.

It seems to me like the driver is asleep at the wheel, and the passengers are asleep.

August 14, 2006 at 1:58 AM  
Blogger frstlymil said...

Pikkel weezel - a fermented food and a rodent. And bad spelling. Hmmm. I guess we can take those comments seriously.

We, the lovely US have had technologies for many years that for whatever reason (I'm guessing corporate profits for some) are not being used. Fuel efficient vehicles is just one. Which would improve the US economy if we actually made them - and improve the air our children breathe. Now it turns out we've got technology available to us to prevent terrorist attack through liquid explosive device and that at least one economic superpower is already using that detection technology (and why is it that US intel have apparently known about liquid explosives since BEFORE 9/11 and we have been allowed to skate through airport security with our Starbucks and Dippety Doo up until last week? Anyone?)

I'm pretty sure that our current gov has no interest in protecting us lowly citizens here or anywhere else. They need attacks and terror to manipulate us into keeping their jobs. It was the Brits and the Pakistani's that uncovered this potential attack - the US is simply taking credit for work it didn't do for PR purposes.

August 14, 2006 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: The scary part is, I think the neocon “mission” might be to totally wreck everything — the economy, the constitution, our standing in the world. Then they’ll have a clean slate and they can replace everything with their own “utopia.” Global corporations and rightwing “Christian” organizations would be in charge of everything. No dissent — not a peep out of anyone.

That’s one theory. I have no idea if there’s a global vision like that being masterminded or not. But the only alternative I can think of is complete incompetence. No administration or government could possibly be this inept. But as far as I can tell, it has to be one or the other: spastic incompetence or the carrying out of a longrange master plan. I don’t know which is scarier.

You’re right, the driver is asleep at the wheel. Hopefully some of the passengers will wake up this November.

Frstlymil: Yup, that’s a pretty wacky screen name. His blog is even wackier.

It’s amazing how this government seems to be intentionally screwing everything up. A few global industries seem to be controlling everything. Fuel-efficient cars? The oil and auto industries say no. I don’t know what the motive would be for not using the available technology for fighting terrorists. Like you say, it’s just too beneficial to have the entire population frightened and paranoid all the time. Some of this all-seeing power might be sacrificed if we countered terrorism with technology and common sense instead of shredding the constitution.

August 14, 2006 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

After reading that I'm thinking my favorite slogan from any era is the inmates are in charge of the asylum.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

August 14, 2006 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

David: Yup, that's a good description. It probably seems worse now just because there's so much online/instant news from a huge range of sources.

August 14, 2006 at 9:30 PM  

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