Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Grand Old Hypocrisy

There is a lot of Republican hypocrisy to be had in response to the failed Christmas Day terror bombing of an inbound flight to Detroit.

Many Republicans have been criticizing President Obama for trying the suspect in Federal Court. These are the same Republicans (Dick Cheney and Tom Ridge namely) who not only advocated for the Federal prosecution of so-called "shoe bomber" Richard Reed in 2001, but boasted about the conviction after the fact. Here is Cheney's hypocrisy from Politico:

As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of 9/11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war.

Republicans are even complaining about the timeliness of Obama's response to this event even though President Bush took the same amount of time and received no objections from these same figures. Watch what happens when an MSNBC anchor calls out Rep. Mike Conway (R-TX) on this hypocrisy (h/t TPM):

Lord he was born a ramblin' man!

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