Friday, October 07, 2005

Terror Alert

The timing of the New York subway terror alert is certainly interesting isn’t it? Bush gives a major speech on Iraq and the War on Terror. News coverage of the speech is threatened by reports and rumors of Karl Rove being indicted in the Valerie Plame affair. Which is then pushed of the news by a terror alert with links to Iraq. Maybe I am being paranoid—an occupational hazard of conspiracy realists—but there do seem to be reasons to at least question all of this.

An official from the Department of Homeland Security told CNN that the agency has received intelligence regarding "a specific but not credible" threat to New York's subway system but intelligence officials believe the information is of "doubtful credibility."

CNN also reported -- after the New York officials made their announcement -- that an unidentified high-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the threat Bloomberg and Kelly referred to was not credible ...

Department of Homeland Security sources told ABC News they were very doubtful the threat information is credible.

Blogger Professor Pan (see links) had this to say only hours before the alert:

Watching the Bush cabal implode over the past few weeks has given me an immense amount of satisfaction, a gleeful, delicious schadenfreude. And it looks like I'll have more and more moments of pure joy as indictments and defeats continue to mount.

So why am I so frightened?

Maybe it's because I know how a terrified, desperate animal acts when it's cornered. And as the noose tightens around the criminals in this particular syndicate, I wonder -- with trepidation -- about their reaction.They know one strategy works for them when all else fails.


With Bush floating trial balloons about militarizing the U.S. in response to an outbreak of avian flu, the likelihood that antiwar protesters were dosed with a biowarfare agent, and the addition of pre-emptive nuclear strikes to official Pentagon policy. . .

Anyone who isn't terrified clearly isn't paying attention.

And on Wednesday, September 28:

Call me crazy...

But I'm beginning to think there's a war going on beneath the surface of conventional politics. Bush is falling to pieces right in front of the television. Whether or not he's drinking again, there's no denying his continued mental and physical deterioration. I suspect that his puppetmasters have realized that he is no longer the man for the job.

In the deepest, darkest political circles, Bush is finished. The opposition has been told to take off the gloves. Things are going to get very interesting.

Joy Tomme at Ratbang Diary had this to say on Wednesday:

The Repubs Have a Real Problem Now

And God knows, they deserve it. Their puppet-king has decided to rule, for real.

George W. Bush wants to be President.

You could see it during his press conference yesterday. When he said he'd been listening to ideas from Senators, it was pure George W. Bush. He looked right into the camera with a sincerity not seen in a press conference in decades. And he divulged a George W. Bush epiphany that was so stunningly stupid it made one gasp.

Not that the epiphany didn't occur. It probably did. But only GWB would have used it as a justification for naming an unqualified personal friend to the Supreme Court.He said he'd been listening to Senators and, he said, “One of the most interesting ideas I heard was, 'Why don't you pick somebody who hasn't been a judge? Why don't you reach outside the' -- I think one senator said - 'the judicial monastery?'”

In that brief moment, we saw a delusional President who believed he could put forward any off-the-wall brainwave and it would be accepted as words of wisdom.

The President was asked, “In your own mind”, how much political capital he had left, And the Prez said “Plenty. Plenty.”

The operative words, of course, in the bit of dialogue in yesterday's press conference were, “in your own mind”. In the President's own mind, he is a leader, and it was clear yesterday, he has decided to lead without interference from his doctors, his minders or his advisors.

Well, he's the GOP's problem. They created their monster and they don't want GWB to be President any more than we do. But what are they going to do about it?

If I were the Prez, I'd stay out of helicopters. I'd even stay out of Air Force One. Matter of fact, I wouldn't even get on my mountain bike.

But there's always the Leave-the-microphone-on-when-he-doesn't-know-it trick. That works well.


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