Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pants On Fire

The hysteria over the shlub who set his genitalia on fire on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in an attempt to blow up the plane is getting beyond ridiculous. It’s not that we’re not taking the threat of terrorism seriously, and kudos to the people on the flight who subdued him, but this politicizing of the event to score cheap points by dimwits like Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) tells us more about the mindset of these people than it does about anything else: nothing is safe from being turned into a political hacky-sack.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) said Sunday that it is fair to blame the Obama administration for the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.

Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Select Intelligence Committee said that the administration has not taken the threat of terrorist threats on the U.S. seriously.

Asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace if it is fair to blame the Obama administration for the attacks, the Michigan Republican replied “Yeah, I think it really is.”

Obviously what the righties want is for the president to either man every TSA security checkpoint at every airport himself, or get out there making some kind of testosterone-laced threat to every brown-skinned guy who gets on a plane in Nigeria bound for Amsterdam. As if that would do a lot of good. (And I don’t remember the righties criticizing President Bush for playing a little golf during his term of office or during times of crisis. But then again, he deserved all that time off; after all, presidentin’ is hard work.) The reason we have a Department of Homeland Security and the TSA is so that they are the ones doing the job. From all accounts, Mr. Abdulmutallab boarded the plane in Amsterdam after clearing Dutch security checks. Would Rep. Hoekstra like to have the United States take over airport security all over the world?

Steve Benen wrote,

Let’s be clear. First, the Obama administration’s record on counter-terrorism is very impressive. Second, Pete Hoekstra’s record on national security issues is so ridiculous, it’s hard not to point and laugh. And third, Hoekstra’s attempts to exploit an attack that failed is almost certainly motivated by an effort to impress right-wing primary voters in advance of his gubernatorial campaign, making his attacks against the president cheap and disgusting.

It sound like there is more than just Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab with his pants on fire.