Politicizing National Security

While the Christmas Day attempted bombing of a Delta airliner was unsuccessful Republicans are attempting to make political hay of the incident.  We know we have massive holes in our national security defense, we know this because George W. Bush refused to finance our homeland defense.  Instead he insisted on an “offense only” approach.  Ports, chemical plants and borders were ignored in favor of “taking it to the enemy.”  Now the GOP is trying to blame Barack Obama for Bush’s strategy.  Not only that but they are holding up TSA for political purposes.

I suppose this all goes back to Rush’s strategy of making Obama fail so Republicans can blame Democrats for their own failures.  By having someone like Sen. Jim DeMint block the appointment of someone to run TSA because he thinks allowing workers to stand up for themselves is worse than leaving the country vulnerable to attack they can then blame President Obama for not having someone at the helm.  It’s the classic “have your cake and eat it too” mentality.  Republicans can vote against funding and installation of chemical scanning machines (108 of them voted against it) then blame Obama for not having enough of them.  Of course they had eight years to fund and install these but invading a country which posed no strategic national security threat to us was more important.

Let us remember this flight originated in Amsterdam.  Barack Obama has no control over what the Dutch do, what security measures they use, or what any other country does at their airports.  These are all sovereign nations which resent us trying to tell them what to do.  We can only control what we do and we failed miserably in this area.  I’ve written repeatedly of the negligence given to our homeland security since 9/11.  We simply haven’t spent the money to upgrade in critical areas and what was spent was spent badly.  Much of it went for pork.  Much went where it wasn’t needed.

Making political hay because of one’s own negligence is worse than being disingenuous, it is outright fraud.  I’m past the point where I think Republicans have no shame, they have no sense of anyone but themselves.  As such they have no one but themselves to blame.

Update:  Sam Stein reports that eight GOP Senators voted against funding for airport screening and explosive detection equipment:

The Improving America’s Security Act of 2007 was a relatively non-controversial measure that effectively implemented several un-acted-upon recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. Eighty-five Senators voted in favor of the bill’s passage. Seven missed the vote (several of whom were on the campaign trail, including Barack Obama, John McCain and Chris Dodd).

Eight Republican Senators, however, voted against passage, including Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Tom Coburn (R-Okl.) Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), James Inhofe (R-Okl.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ari.).

DeMint, of course, is the same Senator who chose to oppose unions more than terrorists.

5 thoughts on “Politicizing National Security”

  1. From the near anger expressed by the President toward homeland security and other U.S. agencies, I’m not sure he would fully agree with your shifting responsibility to Amsterdam or back onto the previous administration. Turning this present horrendous screw up into a “blame game” solves absolutely nothing and will only further the politicalization of this most critical issue.

    The thing I fear most of all is these “terrorists” (yes, Janet Napolitano…the word is TERRORISTS) actually bringing down a U.S. airliner.

    She is as clueless as the ACLU who themselves are blind-sided to the fact that should El Queda successfully terrorize large numbers of the American people our civil liberties will be in serious jeopardy.

    Nevertheless, I share your findings on Bush-light and the GOP, as well as on the dispeakable Limbaugh himself, who continues to shamelessly hide behind his microphone while wishing the worst for this president and by extension, for his own country.

    Matt Thomas

  2. Yes, John…

    “the Dutch are partially responsible”…and yet, did they not allow this terrorist to board the Detroit bound airliner on the basis of this same individual carrying a U.S. visa?

    Question: How did he get this visa…and who in hell sanctioned it?

    Are there to be no consequences for anyone?

    Are we going to suffer a repeat of the Bush-Cheney era…forced to experience a never-ending series of outrages with no one ever held accountable?

    Can anyone blame the President for being pissed off?

    Matt Thomas

  3. Recall how Cheney simply vanished for several days immediately following the attack…supposedly for security reasons.

    The United States is attacked by a deadly enemy…nearly 3,000 Americans die, including 343 IAFF/AFL-CIO firefighters who bravely climbed hundreds of stairs to meet their certain death…while our vice president has nothing better to do than disappear from the scene.

    Imagine the howls from Cheney himself had it been Joe Biden in hiding?

    Matt Thomas

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