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Friday, August 21, 2009

Tom Ridge Meet Meghan McCain

Tom Ridge's bombshell -- the allegation that he felt political pressure to raise the threat level in the run-up to the 2004 election -- is not the real bombshell. The real story here is that Tom Ridge has joined Meghan McCain in the freakish side-show of Republicans in name only who seek to profit from re-writing history in the hope they will curry favor with the mainstream media and liberal Democrats.

Ridge's suspicions, and that's all they were, of a political motivation for raising the threat level fly in the face of what we know to be facts in the weeks and months leading up to the 2004 election. In the fall of 2004, al-Qaeda's no. 2, Ayman Zawahiri, released two audiotapes calling for attacks on the U.S.

In the wake of the bombing of Spanish trains in the days before the Spanish presidential election, these threats were taken seriously, as they should have been. As reported in The Washington Post on October 2, 2004:
An audiotape attributed to al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman Zawahiri, 3merged yesterday [October 1, 2004], calling for preemptive attacks against the United States and its allies, and urging followers to continue fighting "if we die or are arrested."

The tape, broadcast on the al- Jazeera satellite network, is the second message in less than a month to be attributed to Zawahiri, who is believed to be directing limited al Qaeda operations from hideouts along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The recording stoked fears among some U.S. and European intelligence officials that the terrorist network is preparing a significant strike before the Nov. 2 presidential election. The FBI and other agencies this week launched an aggressive campaign of interviews and arrests aimed at thwarting such an attack.
On the Friday before the election, Osama bin Laden released a videotape with a similar message:
Osama bin Laden, injecting himself into the campaign four days ahead of presidential elections, said in a videotape aired Friday that the United States can avoid another Sept. 11 attack if it stops threatening the security of Muslims.

In the segment broadcast, the al Qaeda leader refrained from directly threatening new attacks, although he said "there are still reasons to repeat what happened."

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Within hours of the release, John Kerry tried to use the videotape to his advantage, as reported by The Guardian, even though Kerry had not actually seen the videotape (reinforcing the image of Kerry as a buffoon):

Kerry was the first to use the tape to attack his opponent, appealing for Americans to show unity, but then quickly condemning Bush for missing an opportunity to capture bin Laden. 'I regret that when George Bush had the opportunity in Afghanistan and Tora Bora, he didn't choose to use American forces to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden,' Kerry said.

Bush responded by lambasting Kerry's comments as 'shameful', and his aides followed up the attack. 'You would think there would be maybe 12 hours to let the American people absorb this [the video],' said White House spokesman Dan Bartlett.

Democrats at first said Kerry had not seen the tape when he made his comments. However, his aides held conference calls with reporters and in their turn attacked the Republicans for using the video as a political tool.
There is no evidence that raising the threat level [which was raised over the summer, not on the eve of the election] had any effect on the election. If anything, it was the release of audio and video taped threats, and John Kerry's foolish reaction, which swayed the public.

If the Bush administration had not raised the threat level and Spanish-style election-eve bombings had taken place, Ridge would have written a book complaining that the threat level was not raised.

Tom Ridge has revealed himself to be a fool in the likeness of Meghan McCain. And that's not a pretty picture, even if it does sell books.

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  1. i was told elsewhere last night that people are tired of the "RINO" tag, so i suggest we use the term "FART" from now on....

    "Fake Ass Republican Type"

  2. LOL, great comment. We seem to have a few FART's in PA. I am really disappointed in Ridge. I thought he was a pretty good Governor even though I didn't agree with him on all issues.

    When I look around at some left-wing sites and see the fighting against Blue Dogs by Progressives, I think you could substitute Conservatives and RINO's or FART's and think you are on a right-wing site. We should have room for moderates in our party, we don't need the moderates who sell out for the sake of a book or an appearance on the View, however. Ridge fell 20 notches in my book with this cheap shot. Does he seriously think there is a huge market for this now? Chris Matthews audience isn't going to run out to buy this book. They'll wait for the MSNBC crew to reveal all the juicy trumped up charges and that will satisfy them.

  3. "Tom Ridge has revealed himself to be a fool in the likeness of Meghan McCain. And that's not a pretty picture, even if it does sell books."

    He blew his cover long ago. You just weren't looking closely enough. He is one of a large number of Republican who will dance to whatever tune the media is playing. I really don't get it. John McCain was another who completely lost his bearings every time the establishment media tickled him under the chin. And what did it get him? The minute he runs against the media's new Jesus the NYT runs a story that he's screwing a lobbyist. They have to choose: do they want to be Republicans or sit in the hot tub with all the other beautiful people?

    I would hope the the Republicans will reacquire their position as the grownups because we really need some.

  4. Even if they're allowed to sit in the hot tub, they won't be allowed to touch anyone but themselves. They're wankers, metaphorically.

  5. Of course they exploited America's utter post 9/11 paranoia for the most cynical political reasons. Ridge's book is not news. The only thing newsworthy is the fact that someone who was in the know is finally admitting it. He should have written his book five years ago. He should have resigned at that moment. Shame on him for not doing so.

    I knew what was going on in the hours leading up to the election of 2004. It was so embarrassingly obvious, you had to be an idiot to miss it.

    On the first posting on my blog on June 2, 2006, I wrote the following:

    "PREDICTION: George W. Bush will be remembered in history, primarily, as the first (pray last) former chief executive to go to federal prison. Sound crazy? Stay tuned.:

    I stand by those words.


    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY