Thursday, September 23, 2010

Absorb This

Everybody in the Village is reading Bob Woodward’s new book about the war planning inside the Obama White House, and the righties are all twitterpated about one particular quote from President Obama that seems to predict we’ll be attacked again by terrorists.

The prospect of another attack against the United States is very, very real. It’s just as real, in my opinion, as it was September 12. […] Not a matter of if, but when.

The people at Fox etc. went ballistic to the point that John Bolton’s mustache twitched when he said the president doesn’t care about people being killed. Liz Cheney was incensed.

This comment suggests an alarming fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration. Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the American people an explanation.

Oh, wait. Sorry, that quote above wasn’t from President Obama; that was Vice President Dick Cheney to Tim Russert on Meet the Press. My mistake.

What President Obama actually said was:

We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever. … We absorbed it and we are stronger.

Maybe John Bolton, Liz Cheney, and the kiddie party over at Fox don’t get it, but that’s a stronger and more resonant statement than “Bring ’em on.”

Via Think Progress.