After horrific relevant quotes from Republican Senator Rick Santorum and Arkansas Republican chairman Dennis Milligan, Grigg writes:
People like Santorum and Milligan (and Dana Rohrabacher, the stupidest consequential public figure not named Bush or Hannity) ache for disaster. They pant after it with vulgar, undisguised lust. They are tremulous with unconsummated desire for validation in the form of dead Americans and ruined cities. Revolting and vile as this is, it is not unique. In fact, these repellent people are firmly and squarely in the interventionist tradition of American politics, in which cheerfully anticipating the death of Americans has a long and venerable history.
And then we have "Homeland Security" Director Michael Chertoff's big news this week: he has a "gut feeling" the U.S. soon will be hit with a terrorist attack. Either that or he's been having private chats with his friends in the Mossad who always seem to know what's coming before U.S. intelligence does. But they give Americans just enough information to justify the $4 - 5 -6 billion a year the U.S. taxpayer is forced to send to the state of Israel.
Keith Olberman had some fun things to say about Chertoff's comments on the Tuesday July 10 edition of his Countdown show:
Well, it will be interesting to see which good friends of Israeli leader "BiBi" Netanyahu own and/or hold the leases (and big insurance policies) on any buildings that get blown up. Shades of Larry Silverstein, owner of World Trade Center Number 7 (already rebuilt) and also the seven week lease holder on the Twin Towers as of September 11, 2001. He later collected $5 billion dollars in insurance money to build brand new (asbestos free) building(s).
KEITH OLBERMANN: Lastly, Richard, just as the President is trying to defend his strategy in Iraq and invoking people's grandchildren and children and their security, the Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff reveals this "gut feeling" about an increased risk of terrorist activity here this summer. His "gut feeling." How about my gut feeling that Mr. Chertoff said this so that the lead story on the newscast on ABC would not be Iraq or Alberto Gonzales or that USA Today poll, but that it would be this, you know, "gut feeling" of his, plus a vague sky-is-falling story about an al-Qaeda cell, which even the people in Homeland Security say is just nonsense? And this stuff about Mr. Chertoff's guess, am I, is my gut reaction here better than his or as worthwhile as his?
RICHARD WOLFFE, Newsweek: There may be another explanation, which is that he's trying to cover his rear end because he doesn't have real intelligence about what these people are up to, but they're just a vague feeling. Look, we've gone from color coded warnings to the intestinal rumblings of Michael Chertoff. It's amazing what you get for all those billions that they spend on Homeland Security.
OLBERMANN: Yeah, the "gut feeling" has been described as "breaking news." Actually, a "gut feeling" would be closer to "breaking wind."
Meanwhile, Israel's two Liebermans have been very busy. As reported in the article Lieberman: Europe Leaving Israel to Deal with Iran Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday morning that it looked more and more as if Europe would leave Israel to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat on its own.
And pressured by Connecticut’s Senator Joe “Bomb Iran” Lieberman the U.S. Senate voted an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization Act stating it should be the policy of the United States to develop and deploy an effective defense against “the threat from Iran.” Not to be a conspiracy theorist or anything.
Addendum: On July 13th read Justin Raimondo's take on the amendment ("Is War With Iran Inevitable?") making it sound much worse than I described it.
The bipartisan band is striking up a war tune, as "antiwar" Senator Carl Levin co-sponsors with Joe Lieberman the Iran Amendment to the defense appropriations bill, joining with Republican Senators McCain, Kyl, and Graham in a rousing chorus of rattling sabers. The amendment accuses Iran of murdering American soldiers, and of committing other acts of war: it is, in effect, a declaration of war, and Senator Lieberman was quite clear about this on the Senate floor the other day.