Slade Gorton Joins the Wingnut Terrorist Brigade

I used to have a little respect for former Washington Senator Slade Gorton—I mean, given that he is a Republican. In many ways, he struck me as a rather moderate Republican. But his latest statement sounds like a warmed over Dick Cheney-turd sandwich:

“I don’t think there’s been enough urgency expressed by the Obama administration itself,” said Gorton, a member of the 9/11 Commission.

Hogwash. In fact, “expressing urgency” is entirely unrelated to stopping terrorism. Apparently Gorton believes in the failed Bush/Cheney style “terrorize ‘em to protect ‘em from terrorism” bullshit. How disappointing.

“[The Obama administration has] refused to say that we’re in a war, which we are against a form of Islamic extremism that manifests itself in the form of terrorism.”

This is utter bullshit. Gorton is either lying or else he is blindly following the talking points of the wingdingiest of the right wing terrorists while being ineptly misinformed.

You want to know how to deny you are at war with terrorists?

You pull troops OUT of the place the terrorists are operating and start an entirely unrelated war elsewhere. In other words, you under-resource the war in Afghanistan and start a recreational war in Iraq. As we now know, Bush’s decisions on both fronts were costly disasters.

The fact is, Obama doubled, and has now tripled, the number of troops in Afghanistan. Obama, during his presidential campaign, mentioned over and over again that the Republican administration “took its eye off the ball” in Afghanistan.

Gorton had another criticism beyond bungled intelligence sharing. He doesn’t think terror suspects should be treated as criminal matters in civilian courts.

“Remember there was an attempt to blow up the World Trade Center several years before 9/11 itself, and we caught the people. We tried them. We put them in jail. Then we got 9/11 as a result,” he said.

What the fuck kind of babble is this? Does Gorton seriously propose that 9/11 wouldn’t have happened if the Blind Sheikh (Omar Abdel-Rahman) and his eight co-conspirators had been tried in military tribunals and sent to Gitmo?!? That’s positively retarded!

What is Gorton thinking? That Osama bin Laden was morally outraged over judicial venue?

Finally, the real zinger…

“We even had our secretary of homeland security, right after this incident was over, say that the system worked the way that it ought to work. That kind of attitude at the top is not going to lead to a sense of urgency among the people who work in the field,” he said.

Absolutely false. Again, Gorton is either lying, or he is parroting a wingding talking point in complete ignorance. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said no such thing. Rather than repeating wingnut lies, Gorton really ought to view Napolitano’s full statement. Here is the important part:

“One thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action. Within literally an hour to 90 minutes of the incident occurring, all 128 flights in the air had been notified to take some special measures in light of what had occurred on the Northwest Airlines flight. We instituted new measures on the ground and at screening areas, both here in the United States and in Europe where this flight originated. So, the whole process of making sure that we respond properly, correctly and effectively went very smoothly.”

In context, the “system” she mentions isn’t the system that allowed the undie-bomber to get onto the plane with fully-loaded underwear (so to speak). Rather, she was talking about the response to the actual incident, which was, by all accounts, superb.


Going all “Cheney” doesn’t suit you in the least!


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2 Responses to “Slade Gorton Joins the Wingnut Terrorist Brigade”

  1. howie in seattle Says:

    It’s been a long time since Gorton or Dan Evans didn’t jump on the partisan GOP train whenever they were asked aboard.

  2. N in Seattle Says:

    In context, the “system” she mentions isn’t the system that allowed the undie-bomber to get onto the plane with fully-loaded underwear (so to speak).


    There was, it seems, an interagency communications problem that didn’t put the bomber on a strong no-fly list (though I’m not sure that a single tip from an estranged family member necessarily should put someone on the list). The security failure that allowed him to pass through security with his device occurred in Lagos and/or Amsterdam, and thus had absolutely nothing to do with Secretary Napolitano’s agency.

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