Thursday, July 2, 2009

Scheuer To Beck: America's Only Chance Is Another Bin Laden Attack

Michael Scheuer, author and former CIA employee, told Glenn Beck that another major terrorist attack by Osama bin Laden would have a beneficial effect on America's security:

Beck: Yes, sir. OK. So you have seen this. Do you really, honestly believe that we have come to a place to where those very senior people in the highest offices of the land, Congress and the White House, really will not do the right thing in the end, that they won't see the error of their ways?

Scheuer: No, sir, they will not. Not -- the only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States. Because it's going to take a grassroots, bottom-up pressure, because these politicians prize their office, prize the praise of the media and the Europeans. Only -- it's an absurd situation. Again, only Osama can execute an attack which will force Americans to demand that their government protect them effectively, consistently, and with as much violence as necessary.

Beck: Which is why I was thinking this weekend if I were him, that would be the last thing I would do right now.

Scheuer: Absolutely. (h/t Huffington Post)

So our protection against another terrorist attack comes through another terrorist attack. To call another 9/11 "the only chance we have" is not only appalling, but it presumes that the Obama administration is not concerned about protecting the country. Imagine a guest speaking in similar terms to liberal hosts Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. We'd immediately hear from Fox hosts like Beck that liberals are traitors and defeatists. Yet here's Beck calmly taking in Scheuer's apocalyptic rhetoric, something Jon Stewart noticed in his commentary:

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Stewart: What the f*ck is that? And by the way, here's the fascinating thing about our culture. My guess is that you didn't hear me say "f*ck." Because the Federal government is protecting you and your children's ears from that type of profanity. While, Santa's evil twin gets to, uhh...gets to nonchalantly propose the needless slaughter of Americans for the purpose of furthering his national security plan. But, obviously, in this country, everyone's entitled to their dope-pinion. Fortunately, there's a real patriot sitting next to this jerk that can admonish him for suggesting we need bin Laden to kill more Americans.

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