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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Media Hype or Bush being Chicken Little?

I’m not sure if I should wear my bullet proof vest to work tomorrow or just wear a polo shirt? I tend to watch the news and actually READ many different points of view from many different avenues of news information. Which makes me wonder now why I do not trust any information from the main stream media?

If I take them literally I’m going to die tomorrow in a hail of bullets from someone from Iraq or Iran or someone from Al-Kill-You-All. I’m thinking about looking at what Al-Jazeer has to say more than what NBC, CBS, ABC or CNN has to say anymore.

With all the latest hype over attack on our nation any moment I tend to be worried and scared for my five daughters but then again we could all be hit by a meteor that will obliterate our entire species world wide according to some folks in NASA as well. Death, destruction, and absolute fear seems to be what the RNC is selling. Anyone want to buy that and if you do, if you have a coupon will they honor it?

CNN is pushing the Republican message of being very afraid…

By Ed Henry
CNN White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- So let's cut to the chase on the new National Intelligence Estimate: Does it show America is safer today than it was on September 10, 2001 -- or not?

President Bush's top aide on terrorism, Fran Townsend, briefed the press on the NIE Tuesday.

Getting a straight answer is not easy, especially with so many acronyms flying around -- this is an NIE from the DNI (director of national intelligence) that took into account intelligence analysis from the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) and ... well, you get the idea.

Then there's the reaction from the White House, which is downright confusing. On the one hand, the White House does not dispute the findings of the report, which declares: "The United States currently is in a heightened threat environment," especially from al Qaeda.

But on the other hand, White House Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend asserts President Bush's claim that
al Qaeda "is on the run" is still applicable.

On one hand, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says just days before this report he has a "gut feeling" there could be a summer
terrorist attack in America. But on the other hand, Townsend reiterates Chertoff's claim that there's "no specific, credible threat" against the United States right now.

Adding further confusion, this report re-ignites the ferocious debate over whether the war in Iraq took the president's eye off the broader war on terror, a point I pressed hard today in an on-camera White House briefing with Townsend.

(She and I have previously joked good-naturally off-camera about another back-and-forth we had in December 2006, when I asked her to admit that not catching Osama bin Laden is a major failure and she countered that capturing him is merely a "success that hasn't happened yet." Jon Stewart on "Comedy Central" had a field day with that exchange that even White House officials found amusing).

I’m grabbing the kids and heading to the bunkers. Just like the Vice President we have them all over Worcester. The government built them just after 9/11 to protect all of our citizens in America. I’m sure that you must have them in your town as well or you must not have voted Republican in the last election. Al Qaeda, Ali Baba, and his brother Al Pay ya Back are going to kill us all. President Bush says so and that is good enough for me.


Even the Iraqi President, Premier, head honcho does not want America in his country anymore. Get our troops home and let the Iraqi people deal with their own family dysfunctions. Let us take our God home and let them define their own religious belief amongst themselves. How they do it should not be up to any American President or political party. It is their damned country and I do mean damned.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Papamoka, it probably doesn't hurt to just stock up on things like water and canned goods, but that's the case at any time and for any emergency. Our local news was "warning" us to do so a couple months ago because of this very threat. Why our government wants us to cringe after we walk out our front door each day, I'll never know. This admin seems to do its own thing, without the OK of most citizens anyway, so it's not like they have to bother swaying our opinions. Al Jazeera is an excellent, accurate news source.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I don't know Chell, I'm tired of always looking over my shoulder in fear. Well, that is what I'm supposed to do as a true blue blood American I think.

I hate the selling fear crap to justify this war that literally has no end if the President chooses that option.

On 9/11 you have to wonder how many parents raced home to get the kids out of school after the second plane hit the twin towers?

I didn't then but for some odd reason I would now in a heartbeat. That is a learned reaction because for six years plus we were all told to live in fear. That is not what America should be all about.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One comment that you made, regarding Al Jazeera, is not a bad idea - at least if you are talking about the English language version of Al Jazeera on-line. I don't agree necessarily that it is Less biased than our own MSM, but it does offer an opposing point of view that is often more in line with the BBC or other European news outlets. If we really want to understand what is going on in the world, it is best to use many sources for the information.

As far as another terrorist attack, I'm sure we all know it is just a matter of time. Especially with Billary & Obama poised to take the White House next year, Osama & Co. will soon be up to their old tricks again.


4:41 PM  

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