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I Totally Robbed Jay

I have decided to do whatever I can to make a phrase Jay Tea wrote about on several occasions a catchphrase in the upcoming elections. The phrase is "honor the threat" and I used it as the inspiration for my Townhall column this week. Actually I robbed Jay and quoted from his previous posts quite liberally in the piece. I just added examples of current news stories that present voters with a choice between those who do and those who do not "honor the threat" of terrorism today.

I included the Bill Keller example from the NYT classified leak story, but did not spend much time on it since much has already been written about that this week. It is one of the best examples of the concept however. I just summed it up in two sentences: "Are the New York Times, the L.A. Times and others honoring the threat when they publish classified information about our anti-terrorism methods? Judging from their actions it would appear that Bill Keller at the New York Times, and others, see a greater threat from the Bush administration than from those engaging in acts of jihadist terrorism. " Read the column for the origin of the phrase and for more examples voters will need to consider this fall.

Update: The Architect honors the threat.


Comments (12)

Actually you robbed the Uni... (Below threshold)
jump jetsetter:

Actually you robbed the United States Marine Corps.

Jay stole it too.

While I hate to come to the... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

While I hate to come to the NYT defense, they are in turn 'honoring the threat' as they see it. They just see republicans being in control of the US government a greater threat than AQ. I think that is part of what needs to get publicized. That the NYT and most of the MSM sees a republican controlled US government as a greater threat than AQ. Murtha said recently he saw the Bush administration as a greater threat to world peace than North Korea or Iranian Nukes, etc.

That is the message we need to drive home and let the voters decide who they think is the greater threat.

I'm the neighborhood "progr... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

I'm the neighborhood "progressive" and I see Al Queda as a very serious threat. And, of course, I'm dedicated to the Constitution and separation of powers and all those things that the founders did to give us a chance to keep our Republic. Unlike conservatives, I don't see these positions as inconsistent--I think freedom and safety are compatible.

Of course, I understand that the Right doesn't think our freedom is being threatened. We disagree. Reasonable people disagree all the time. This is America.

I try to understand and respect your position; I think it is honest and honorable. But I disagree.

I'm the neighborhood "progr... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

I'm the neighborhood "progressive" and I see Al Queda as a very serious threat. And, of course, I'm also dedicated to the Constitution and separation of powers and all those things that the founders did to give us a chance to keep our Republic. Unlike conservatives, I don't see these positions as inconsistent--I think freedom and safety are compatible.

Of course, I understand that the Right doesn't think our freedom is being threatened by signing statements and the like. We disagree. Reasonable people disagree all the time. This is America.

I try to understand and respect your position; I think it is honest and honorable. But I respectfully disagree.

Lorie, I don't know if thi... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Lorie, I don't know if this is your pigeon, as an aside, but the imperative honor the threator 'The Dick Cheney One percent solution '"if there was even a 1 percent chance of terrorists getting a weapon of mass destruction ... the United States must now act as if it were a certainty." seems a peculiar and selective tunnel vision of an administration which prides itself on being so responsible for our safety. In other words, it makes good politics(for them.,if not for us) The Iraqi adventure is hugely expensive to the US public purse, of the tune of at least 5 -8 billion$ a month, but to big businesses such as Haliburton whose stock has gone up 600 percent since the Iraqi invasion, it has been boon..While a much more far-reaching threat to the future of the US : global warming is almost entirely minimised or belittled by an administration, in large part because they are not animated by new evidence and trends which are not in the interest of war resources industries or energy companies which have inside access to the VP/ Presidental circle ( (but not all of them)
From Rolling Stone's coming interview with Al Gore "This is not a partisan issue. I talked to a CEO of one of the ten largest companies in the United States, who supported Bush and Cheney. He told me, "Al, let's be honest. Fifteen minutes after George Bush leaves the presidency, America is going to have a new global-warming policy, and it doesn't matter who's elected".. This potential threat, (which has a far greater chance than Chen.s one percent threshold, let´s say perhaps a 33 % chance af causing massive destuction in the next 40 years in the US) is dismissed as blithely as the August 6, 2001 Al-Queda memorandum was in Crawford. And the consequences of a non proactivce policy, are far more liable to be irreversiable, than pre 9/11 terror laxity was.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve that was great! You should take the bit on the road!!!

Wait, you mean he's not joking???

Oh, sorry about that.

Lorie, as I said in e-mail,... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Lorie, as I said in e-mail, if that is your idea of "robbing" me, I ought to give you my bank account number and let you "rob" that a bit, too.

J.

Steve Crickmore at June 30,... (Below threshold)
wave_man:

Steve Crickmore at June 30, 2006 05:50 PM

From Rolling Stone's coming interview with Al Gore...
And anybody takes this man's incessant ramblings seriously?

He's right on one point...

Fifteen minutes after George Bush leaves the presidency, America is going to have a new global-warming policy, and it doesn't matter who's elected
with one addition... aas loong aas it's mee, or Hilllaree, or Kerree, or a Dem-o-crat.

Sorry for the written Al Gore impression. Couldn't resist.

P.S. He's obviously living ... (Below threshold)
wave_man:

P.S. He's obviously living in a Pre-9/11 world.

"All truth passes through t... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"All truth passes... (Below threshold)
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

Does this mean that y'all will eventually recognize that going to Iraq was the right thing to do???

Chuck, I wish you were rig... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Chuck, I wish you were right but we will have along time to wait before anything sanguine in Iraq develops and at such cost, since as Powell said yesterday when asked "if we are ever going to get out of Iraq. "We are," he told me, "but we're not going to leave behind anything we like because we are in the middle of a civil war."




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