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Thursday, August 10, 2006

The "War On Terror"

I'm sure that Ned Lamont's response to the most recent foiling of a terrorist plot is "Let's pull the troops out of Iraq before these crazies are successful!"

From the Beeb:

'Plot to blow up planes' foiled
A terrorist plot to blow up planes in mid-flight from the UK to the US has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said.

It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on aircraft in hand luggage.

Police have arrested about 18 people in the London area after an anti-terrorist operation lasting several months.

Security at all airports in the UK has been tightened and delays are expected. MI5 has raised the UK threat level to critical - the highest possible.

According to MI5's website, critical threat level means "an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK".

Scotland Yard said in a statement that their investigation into the alleged plot was a "major operation" which would be "lengthy and complex".

"We would like to reassure the public that this operation was carried out with public safety uppermost in our minds."

Home Secretary John Reid is due to make a statement early on Thursday morning.
Of course, we're not really "at war" - at least, the nutroots don't believe we're at war and don't see the big picture of the war on terror. Instead they focuse like a laser beam on individuals, treating the situation more like a criminal act requiring a dragnet than an actual war.

Of course, this is attempted attack on 20 planes from the UK to the US is just a Rovian plot in reaction to the loss of ueber-right winger Joe Lieberman who ran out of "Joe-mentum" at the wrong time:
Frustratedlady Donating Member (902 posts)
Thu Aug-10-06 02:05 AM
Original message

CBSnews News Alert! Major Terror Plot Foiled In London

Police in London say they have foiled a plot to blow up planes headed for the U.S., in mid-air, over the Atlantic Ocean. Several suspects are reportedly under arrest.

The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Thu Aug-10-06 02:14 AM

1. Chances are this is bogus.

Frustratedlady Donating Member (902 posts)
Thu Aug-10-06 02:15 AM

2. Timely, don't you think?

regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Thu Aug-10-06 02:16 AM

3. Ah-ha! You see...???

8/8/06: Lamont defeats Lieberman.
8/9/06: Terror attack successfully thwarted.

Who says that Lieberman's defeat helped the terrorists? For all we know, had Lieberman won his primary, that plot may have succeeded.

The message is clear: Vote Lamont if you want us to be able to protect ourselves against terrorist plots! A vote for Joe is a vote for Osama!


Norquist Nemesis Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Thu Aug-10-06 02:17 AM

4. UK has raised their threat level to "critical"

which is 'attack imminent'.

I expect by 5am, we'll be hearing about this 24/7 with Wolfie on it!

The person on CNN at the moment is saying that raising the threat level to Critical is the most concerning, since they have arrested people.

Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Thu Aug-10-06 02:20 AM
Response to Original message

5. Tweety: "Mr. Lamont, how would you respond to someting like that?"

Coming soon?

Timing is everything.

How did I know that once the news was announce - regardless of the hour - that the DUers would "question the timing?"

They're so predictable... Of course, I guess I'm just as predictable: that I would be up making fun of them. ;-)

Question: Will the Brits remain steadfast, as they did when the Nazis tried to bomb them to oblivion? Or will they turn on Blair for bringing terrorism to the homeland because of his misadventure into the tarpit of Iraq and demand that he "pull a Murtha"?

I suspect it will be the former, but am interested to find out how they react.

*** UPDATE ***
NRO's The Corner highlights this passage from Tim Montgomerie, suggesting that the Brits may "go Spanish:"
It is politically vital that the police have proof that this is a genuine plot. After recent episodes - not least the false arrest of people at Forest Gate - people have declining confidence in the intelligence used by the police and government.

If the intelligence is correct - and up to ten planes were targeted by terrorists (all destined for America) - it might wake a few Britons up the danger of the terrorist threat. Britons have already largely forgotten the 7/7 attacks and those attempted just two weeks afterwards.

I fear, however, that Britain is increasingly 'Spanish' in its reaction to these incidents. Within hours there'll be pundits blaming the invasion of Iraq and Blair's support for Israel for making Britain vulnerable to these attacks.

Oh... and I am really looking forward to flying out of LaGuardia today...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler