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 January, 2010


 Mock Republican Outrage Over the Underwear Bomber

Let the Politics Begin

I learned a valuable lesson on July 3rd, 1977. I was this hungry young reporter in Columbus, Ohio who was standing face-to-face with a man who swore he wasn’t a racist.

He’d volunteered that bit of information. I might have believed him if he wasn’t the Grand Dragon of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, wasn’t wearing a robe and a hood, and he hadn’t arrived for our interview with three guys brandishing shotguns.

We still got along famously. I just didn’t believe a word he said.

For the purpose of doing a news story, I’d tried to join the Klan, and he’d (rightly) sensed I wasn’t qualified, but he agreed to do an interview about it anyway.

That day I learned that people who volunteer they’re NOT something (without being asked if they are) are mostly likely THAT something.

That’s how I felt when I heard the ranking House Republican on the Homeland Security Committee – Peter King (NY) - tell the host of CBS’ Face the Nation that he wasn’t being “partisan” with his criticism of President Obama’s response to that recent failed terrorist attack.

Nobody had asked Rep. King if he was injecting partisan politics into his assessment of the president’s response. He volunteered it right before he made the silliest claim I’ve heard a Republican make since they’ve looked up and saw the White House is full of Democrats.

“I would think that an administration which is so quick to talk about global warming and health care reform and the latest deal that’s being made in the Senate, somebody in the last almost 48 hours should have been out there speaking to the American people and the world to let them know that we are on top of this and we are winning this,” he proclaimed.

That was Sunday. That failed underwear-bombing had taken place on Friday. King’s frustration was that Obama had apparently developed some form of self-imposed presidential laryngitis.

When I heard that (especially the part about him not engaging in partisanship) I leaped at my computer. I went directly to the web site that contains the archives of the presidency of George W. Bush.

Bush took much longer 48 hours to rally the American public after the failed shoe-bombing by Richard Reid on December 22nd, 2001. It took nearly a week.

In fact, it wasn’t until December 28th, during a 26 minute news conference, that he spent all of 35 seconds discussing Richard Reid’s actions.

That response wasn’t met by any form of Democratic derision. Nor should it have been.

Yet, in today’s corrosive political climate, a 48 hour period can become entwined with health care reform, global warming and “the latest deal” in the
Senate in a supposed non-partisan way – to make a woefully clumsy political point.

King hasn’t been the only Republican to step firmly on their tongue regarding the administration’s response to an attempted attack that was nearly identical to one that took place on their own watch.

Reid used his brogans. Twenty-three year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab used his undergutchies. They both tried, but failed, to use the same explosive compound – something called PETN.

The responses, however, were completely different.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s blunder (and I do think it was a blunder) in claiming the “system worked,” though, has set off a silly groundswell of calls for her demise.

These are the same people who didn’t call for Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to resign after she’d claimed she didn’t remember there were reports that al Qaeda was planning to use aircraft as weapons before September 11th, 2001.

Yet, on August 6th of that year, Rice (and the president) were handed a presidential daily briefing titled, “Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.”

Contained within that briefing were the chilling words, “FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings.”

Nobody died this past Christmas Day. At least 3,497 people died as the result of 9/11.

Who are these Republicans trying to kid?

Edward A. Owens is a three time Emmy Award winner and 20 year veteran of television news. E-mail him at freedoms@bellatlantic.net