January 11, 2009
Catchphrases, Criticism and Fences -- The pieceparts of terrorism and politics
"Lawyering Up" - the latest fad phrase. Several columnists over the past few days have been describing the decision of the Justice Department to follow a civil court route for the Detroit would-be terrorist who only succeeded in blowing up his own crotch--giving him Miranda rights instead of combatant status as 'Lawyering Up.' Now Senatory McCain and Lieberman are echoing the phrase on the talk shows.
Basically, when a terror suspect is found the intelligence people get first crack, but this became a political footbal when Obama apparently made the decision he was going to civilian court. He was read his rights and, as soon as they got to lawyer, he clammed up. He had been speaking constantly as they took him off the plane, put out the fire in his pants, and took him away initially. Perhaps it was a reacton to the pain.
Bottom line--someone who should be at Guantanamo, or some equivalnt place, being waterboarded is now being treated to the lap of relative luxury as a simple criminal suspect. That gives the politicians the time to get to the shows and overuse a trite catch phrase like 'lawyering up.' And they do it well.
Then there are the critics..
It seems that Sen. Harry Reid, in earlier times, referred to the current President as a 'light skinned negro', and someone who didn't event speak like a negro unless he wanted to'. These words he said in 2008 during the heat of the campaign, and he has now apologized for doing so, even as Republicans call for his removal as the majority leader. Naturally, the Democrats won't stand for that, and won't even call for an inquiry. That's too bad--it would clear the air on the affair. There must not be much happening in DC right now, if the republican researchers have nothing else to do but research historical quotes.
Finally, the fences...
Complementary to the deep piles Egypt is putting into the ground along their border with Israel, the Israelis are now planning a fence above the ground to further prevent terrorist infiltration. That will cost a lot of money and probably not prevent a single rocket from being fired. perhaps they should just do what the UN said to do a long time ago--give the Palestinians their land and let them form their own state. perhaps they might actually recognize Israel then.
What a wonderful world we live in.