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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Do you trust people to keep you safe who admit they benefit from terrorism?
Posted by Jill | 10:11 PM
Don Rumsfeld may be gone, but his cronies are still in power. This ought to make your hair stand on end:

An ongoing exploration of the documents related to the Pentagon's "message force multipliers" program has unearthed a clip of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld suggesting that America, having voted the Democrats back into Congressional power, could benefit from suffering another terrorist attack, and doing so in the presence of the very same military analysts who went on to provide commentary and analysis of the Iraq War.


But by far the most extraordinary part of this luncheon is the antipathy the gathered members exhibit toward the American people for having the temerity to vote the Democrats back into power. When Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong bemoans the lack of "sympathetic ears" on Capitol Hill, Rumsfeld offers that the American people lack "the maturity to recognize the seriousness of the threats." What's to be done? According to Rumsfeld, "The correction for that, I suppose, is [another] attack."

DELONG: Politically, what are the challenges because you're not going to have a lot of sympathetic ears up there.

RUMSFELD: That's what I was just going to say. This President's pretty much a victim of success. We haven't had an attack in five years. The perception of the threat is so low in this society that it's not surprising that the behavior pattern reflects a low threat assessment. The same thing's in Europe, there's a low threat perception. The correction for that, I suppose, is an attack. And when that happens, then everyone gets energized for another [inaudible] and it's a shame we don't have the maturity to recognize the seriousness of the threats...the lethality, the carnage, that can be imposed on our society is so real and so present and so serious that you'd think we'd be able to understand it, but as a society, the longer you get away from 9/11, the less...the less...

So....why should anyone think THIS bunch is going to "keep you safe"? We have an election coming up in November, and voters may very well decide to elect a Democrat.

So do you feel lucky? Well, do you?

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Blogger danps said...
All I can think of is this.

Blogger Porlock Junior said...
Well, maybe we can rest easy for a few months here. It seemed for a while that an attack was in the Repubs' interest to scare up, pardon the expression, some votes. But now that the country plainly is fed up, an attack would be perceived as WE FAILED TO PROTECT YOU, WE WERE LYING ALL ALONG. At least, I think this is highly probable, and it would be death to the Republicans,, probably really permanent and irreversible body death to match their brain death. And there are some signs that they have some advisors smart enough to see it.

Come late October, though, not the same: perfect excuse for, um, temporarily deferring the election, right?