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Wednesday, July 30, 2003
I thought that my anger at the Bushistas would probably subside, as things calm in Iraq, and we get back to the business at hand of reviving the stalling economy and fighting Al Qaeda. Never in a million years did I suspect that they would pull a ridiculous stunt like this one. Apparently, they quietly pulled air marshals off cross continent and intercontinental flights (you know, like Boston to LA) to save money (they since restored them, apparently, under pressure from Chuck Schumer, according to this MSNBC report.
Once again, for those who aren't to clear, or didn't click through- the Bush administration tried to save money by scrimping on AIR MARSHALLS! Only an alert Democratic senator saved this insanity from happening. Can someone please explain to me why the GOP is the party of national security.
As if that wasn't enough, another story making the rounds in the left of center blogo(hemi)sphere is about the clear evidence that even before the Iraq war, force repositioning and redeployment was hurting the hunt for Al Qaeda. By the way, can someone tell me why this headline is phrased as a question? "Did war compromise al-Qaida hunt?" Liberal media my ass, as they say! (story via Kevin Drum, among others)
Finally, I would just like to note that in Sept. 2002, Al Gore said that this was the case, and was ridiculed for it. I also said it, but of course, no one cares what I think (and for good reason!). Is there still any doubt that Al Gore is smarter, more dedicated, more perceptive, and more able thank Dubya? Only the most dedicated, know-nothing GOPer can still suggest that Gore would not have done better in the War on Terror. Ridiculous. In case you don't click through, here is the relevant portion of the speech.
As they say, read the whole thing.
One final thought- A Democratic Presidential contender needs to step forward and scream at the failures of Bush Admin. policy. This is not a hawk/dove or left/right thing. The most fundamental job of the President is to protect the USA against attack, foreign or domestic. If his actions are demonstrably counter to that goal, then he is derelict in his duties. This point MUST be hammered home, repeatedly, AND a concrete plan to fix the mess has to be presented.