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Who to Blame?Posted Sunday, December 27, 2009, at 7:00 PM
An attempted terrorist act occurred the other day as a person from Nigeria attempted to blow up a plane a la the shoe bomber. Fortunately it appears the detonator was defective and the only person that was hurt was the terrorist.
For eight years all we heard from Republicans was that 9/11 wasn't Bush's fault (even though he was President at the time) but it was actually Clinton's fault for not doing more to stop the threat. Naturally when this occurred you would think that if they are going to blame a previous administration for a terrorist attack during Bush's term, they would also then blame Bush for the attack during Obama's term. But Republicans march to a different tune. They never blame any Republicans for any wrong doing, only Democrats. So, yes of course, while the White House and the security sectors, the UK, and Denmark try to figure out how this man was able to go from Nigeria through Europe and into the United States without ever being caught, the Republicans have already been cascading onto any news show they can find to squarely pin the blame on Obama. Sounds to me like they are falling into the "pre-9/11 thought" that they railed so hard against for the last eight years.
It's easy to push blame and to just simply blame those you don't like for the problems that occurring. Anyone can do that. I've done that. I never personally blamed Bush solely for the attacks on 9/11 but he had a hand in it, just as Clinton did before him. But blaming people for attacks or failed attacks doesn't solve anything it just adds to the problems.
Obviously the screening at airports around the world and here in the United States is still lacking. This could have been prevented, should have been prevented, and now we need ALL of our elected officials and security personnel to actually work together and solve the problem instead of putting a Band-Aid on it.
I know for some putting blame on someone for something terrible that has happened is a way for them to bring relief to themselves, but to push it on someone without knowing anything about the event, especially in the game of politics is uninformed and obviously nothing more than an attempt to score political points.
Republicans either don't see what they are doing or just don't care (my guess is the latter) that they are being hypocritical in pushing blame away from one President that was in office when an attack occurred yet turning right around and blamed a President in office when an attack occurs. The difference is obvious, one President had an R after his name this President has a D after his.
The blame game in Washington is one of the easiest and most effective way to get on television and get votes and over the last nine years Republicans have mastered it and added the fear card on top of that. There is no doubt in my mind that at least one Republican will run for office next year claiming that Obama isn't protecting us from terrorists but the Republicans have and will. No doubt no mention will be made about the fact that so far under Obama no Americans have been killed by terrorism but under the Republican leadership over 3000 Americans were killed by terrorists. See how easy it is to blame?
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