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One of the benefits of spending most of the day unable to post -- besides actually getting work done at the office -- is that I can spend a little time gaining perspective on the events of the day. Today that means reviewing the coverage of the foiled plot by Islamists in the UK to bomb a series of commercial flights, an operation that could have killed almost as many people as al-Qaeda did on 9/11. The discovery of the plot and the arrests of the terrorists should have been a cause for celebration -- but instead, people decided to spend the day taking partisan swipes at each other.
Almost no one appeared immune from this impulse. George Bush gave a short and to-the-point statement regarding the necessity of fighting terrorism and managed to avoid partisanship, instead focusing on working together to achieve security. Even before that, though, it seemed like politicos could not wait to use the event to score political points. Joe Lieberman used it to attack Ned Lamont. Harry Reid, John Kerry, and Ted Kennedy all leaped at the chance to bash the Bush administration for diverting efforts against terrorism into Iraq -- and bear in mind that the UK and US stopped the terrorist attack.
And don't even get me started on the media, which couldn't even wait for Heathrow to reopen before trying to figure all the political angles.
Do you want to know what the big story of the day really was? We beat the terrorists -- again -- and saved lives. Perhaps we could have spent the day reflecting on that and the need for continuing vigilance. The politics could have, and should have, waited for another day.Sphere It View blog reactions
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» Politics Can Wait For Another Day from Thinking Right
Captain Ed reminds us that we should have spent the day thankful that the plan was foiled. Instead many of us chose to use it as a chance to take political pot shots. One of the benefits of spending most of the day unable to post — besides actual... [Read More]
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» The Politicization Of The Foiled Terrorist Airline Plot from The Moderate Voice
From Ed Morrissey on the political charges and innuendo spewing forth or slyly slipping from politicians lips on both sides in light of the foiled airplane terrorist plot:
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» London: I Question the Timing! from Cranial Cavity
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» Airport Security Update 2 from Strategic Outlook Institute - Weblog
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» The bottom line from American Geek
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» Hitting to all Fields 08/11/06 from Ennuipundit
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