Good new, kids! The problem of terrorism has been pinpointed, and the solution is at hand. From DIGITAL JOURNAL:
The ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee believes one thing President Obama could do to fix the holes in the US’s air security system is to say the word “terrorism” more.
United State congressman Peter King (R-NY) made those comments to Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos while they were discussing specific ways in which the Obama administration could improve air traffic security measures. “Name one other specific recommendation that the president could implement right now to fix this.” Stephanopoulos asked King. “I think one main thing would be to — just himself — to use the word terrorism more often,” King responded.
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(l to r: Peter Huckster Hoekstra, Deadeye Dick Cheney, Snarlin’ Liz Cheney, Peter Hair On Fire King, Jim Demented DeMint, Dan Baby Daddy Burton)
King’s comment seems to fall in lock step with the direction the Republicans’ attacks have taken since the Christmas Day plot. Vice President Dick Cheney announced that Obama has been ignoring the war on terror, and the GOP has also criticized the amount of time it took the President to comment after the fact.
From Julian E. Zelizer:
Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) — Almost as soon as the botched Christmas airplane bombing hit the airwaves, the politics of national security reared its head.
Many Republicans quickly attacked President Obama for being responsible for the fact that Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab was able to walk onto an airplane with dangerous explosives despite the fact that the government had received warnings about him. They argued that the failure proved the White House was weak on terrorism.
“Soft talk about engagement, closing Gitmo,” warned South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint, “these things are not going to appease the terrorists…” Representative Dan Burton of Indiana called for Janet Napolitano, who said the system “had worked,” to step down. Napolitano, said Burton, “does not have the background or experience necessary to execute her responsibilities.” Former Vice President Dick Cheney asked of the president, “Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war.”
Some Democrats had responses of their own, pointing out that DeMint has been preventing the confirmation of Obama’s appointment to head the Transportation Security Administration, Erroll Southers. And some Democrats accused Republicans of having voted against appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security.
While politicians play the blame game when things go wrong — looking for the individual at fault — what is more important is to look at public policies and government institutions to understand how our system in fact did not work. In this case, we are talking about the policies of multiple countries.
Obama was spot on when he said that the airline incident had resulted from a “systematic failure” in our counterterrorism operations.
Rather than spending the next few months with each party attacking the other for being responsible, what would be more useful is to have a bipartisan and independent 9/11 Commission-style review of our homeland security programs to see where the holes are and where the system can be improved.
While Obama has promised a review of intelligence systems under the direction of John O. Brennan, the president’s top counterterrorism advisor, a much broader analysis will be needed — one that covers the entire homeland security system, is independent of the executive branch, and is bipartisan in the composition of its membership. The panel would have to invite testimony from allies from around the world to better understand how the global anti-terrorism program is working.
Nothing should be excluded from consideration, from the failures of U.S. officials to respond to evidence to the flaws in the system that Obama inherited. We need a comprehensive understanding of what happened so we can improve the system and make sure that innocent travelers are kept safe from the ravages of terrorism.
Nah, let’s just keep slinging poop, scaring the hell out of people, and using terrorism to try to collect some campaign funds. That’s a lot less work.