Real terrorists are alive and well and aiming at America
Carter | 8/31/2011, 4:25 p.m.
With the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching, have some Americans lost their fear of terrorism on our shores? Has the woeful economy-with unemployment at 9.1 percent and sky-high gas prices-trumped our concern over those out to kill us?
Could be. How else to explain what U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) said about Tea Party Republicans in the immediate aftermath of the surreal debate over raising the national debt ceiling: "We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists has made it impossible for us to spend any money." Huh?
And then, in agreement, gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden again put his foot in his mouth by describing Tea Party activists thusly: "They have acted like terrorists." Huh?
Appropriately, Biden's bonehead comment prompted a slew of negative letters-to-the-editor in big daily newspapers. Here are excerpts from two examples:
'"Biden calls Tea Party members terrorists, but it is in fact the White House that was employing terrorist techniques by warning of a fictional doomsday when the government would shut down and no Social Security checks would be issued."
"Biden's statement confirms that he has no understanding of who Americans are. Nor does he understand what terrorism really is and how it affects the very few Americans he has been elected to serve-and who he so flippantly dismisses."
Were loose-lipped elected officials such as Biden and Doyle unwittingly diminishing the reality of actual, physical terrorism against our country? Or are they simply so partisan and ideologically driven they fail to see the forest for the trees? Think about it.
The terrorist threat is so relevant that the demise of Osama bin Laden-planned for years-was a stone-cold kill mission. In a recent New Yorker magazine report, the 18 Navy SEALs involved said they were following orders to kill him, not to take him alive.
The unidentified spec-ops officer who did the deed May 2, shooting bin Laden point blank in the chest and above his left eye, said, "There was never any question of detaining or capturing him-it wasn't a split-second decision. No one wanted detainees." Uh-huh.
This clearly contradicts post-raid claims of Barack Hussein Obama's administration. And after a temporary uptick in his approval ratings following bin Laden's death, the president's poll numbers have plummeted. For example, by a 50-42 percent margin, a Quinnipiac University poll of voters in the swing state of Florida-taken after the debt ceiling deal-feel the president should not get a second term.
The specter of actual terrorism is alive and well and living in America. Even a doofus such as the bumbling Biden should know better than to go around calling political opponents terrorists simply because he doesn't agree with them.
Everyone should know by now that Obama does not consider terrorism against our country a top priority. For example, in his worldview, captured enemy combatants should be treated as criminals and not wartime combatants who want to kill Americans.
Why are terrorists' rights more important than American lives? There's no way 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should get a civilian trial in New York at $200 million a year, instead of by the military. No way Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the abortive Christmas Day suicide bomber, should be Mirandized and lawyered up like a common criminal.