Thursday, August 10, 2006

Lieberman blames the London terrorists on... Ned Lamont?

"Traitor" Joe Lieberman had this to say after the British foiled a terror plot today:

"If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do, get out by a date certain, it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England. It will strengthen them and they will strike again."

In case anyone missed the news today, what happened in London was that a bunch of terrorists tried to smuggle explosives onto planes but they all stopped, considered the fact that the U.S. had invaded and is occupying Iraq, and they all turned themselves in. The presence of our troops in Iraq created the perfect deterrent. Had we not invaded Iraq, these terorrists would have gotten away with it.

Also, if Ned Lamont wins the general election, terrorists will release snakes on a plane.

This is where Joe's bringing the discourse.


At 6:30 PM , Blogger Jon E. said...

Mike, you're just not being fair to my man JL. He's not saying that our being in Iraq stopped the terrorists from getting on the planes. Clearly, they were planning to do so until they got caught.

But, see, even though the were planning to do it and would have done it, they were doing a lousy job of it. Why? Because they were so disheartened by our staying the course. Our national resolve to stay in Iraq at all costs made those terrorists like the people you see in antidepressant ads on TV--they had trouble sleeping, trouble getting out of bed in the morning, they stared blankly into space while raindrops trickled down the window. It was all they could do to slap together a few remote detonators and halfheartedly chant "Death to America!" every half-hour. They weren't bringing their A game, so they got caught.

But if we were to set a timetable for withdrawing from Iraq, those guys would be playing with their turbaned kids and their turbaned golden retriever, going to terror Pilates, and closing big deals and bombing big planes with ululating gusto. And you can't fight a terrorist with good morale.

(You know, it's funny how apologists for the invasion always insist that our withdrawing from Iraq would really motivate terrorists. Do they really not think that our occupying a Muslim country in the first place is an even bigger motivator? Which one made the US hate the British more: the treaty ending the War of 1812 or the part where they invaded DC and burned the White House? I'm thinking it's the invading and the burning, rather than the signing a treaty.)

At 11:18 PM , Blogger Mike M. said...

Good analysis, Jon.

But, another possibility:

The terrorists know we have more than 100k troops in Iraq right now. I bet they're terrified (hee hee)) that we'll cut and run from Iraq and redeploy those troops against them! Imagine it... you're 20 terrorists in London... what would you do if 100 thousand US troops left Iraq and attacked you? A "band of brothers" speech wouldn't cut it.


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