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January 7, 2010

RUDY FEELS RELEVANT AGAIN.... A terrorist tried to blow up an airplane, and as a result, the media gives Rudy Giuliani an opportunity to pretend he knows what he's talking about.

Speaking on CNN's Larry King Live, Giuliani said the time it took the president to react to the attempted attack may "convince our enemies we are not ready." [...]

"All this is ten days too late," Giuliani said. "This something you react to immediately. Not after your vacation. The president of the United States, when there is a potential massive attack on the country, should have been on top of it immediately."

The inanity is simply breathtaking. That Giuliani actually seemed to believe his own nonsense only makes it more offensive.

The federal response to the attempted attack was immediate. President Obama waited because of a deliberate strategy to deny terrorists a public-relations victory. Why on earth would an adult think this approach might "convince our enemies we are not ready"? What does that even mean?

For that matter, after a nearly identical terrorist plot eight years ago, George W. Bush waited six days before he said a word. He didn't "react immediately." He didn't interrupt his vacation. Giuliani didn't criticize Bush at the time, because this isn't about counter-terrorism; this is about a fairly transparent hack trying to undermine the president, mislead the country, and score cheap points.

"All this is ten days too late"? What does that even mean? There was an attempted terrorist attack, the president immediately demanded a review, and now the information is becoming available. How and why is that "too late"?

Rudy Giuliani has never demonstrated even the most basic understanding of national security policy at any level. Not once. Larry King's bookers invited him on, knowing exactly what he'd say, and giving him a platform to spew blatant falsehoods. The host didn't fact-check the guest, and casual viewers tuning in would have been misled.

Sigh.

Steve Benen 10:10 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (24)

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Is Tom Clancy, that other mastermind of self-importance, making the rounds as well?

Posted by: freelunch on January 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Real men don't need to order "reviews." They know in their "gut" what needs to be done immediately.
Yeah, when I saw a promo announcing Giuliani was going to be on Larry King I knew we were in for this nonsense. The least CNN should do is have someone else on after Giuliani who can give some balance; i.e., state the facts.

Posted by: Bat of Moon on January 7, 2010 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

But the liberal media, who love Obama, pointed out the hypocrisy, right?

Posted by: Dems lose huge in 2010 on January 7, 2010 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

Larry King is nearly brain dead. Last night he also asked Sharon Tate's sister, Debra, about how she felt about Roman Polanski after he murdered her sister.

Posted by: jcricket on January 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Can someone explain Larry King to me? I don't get anything about him. Why does he have a teevee show? Why does anyone care about him? It's like someone pulled your wacky, bizarrely-dressed grandpa away from the $2 window and put him on the television. It's very puzzling.

Posted by: jrw on January 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

Whaddya mean he's never demonstrated knowledge of national security? He understnads it all too clearly -- at least the witless Republican variety. Noise, lots of noise, more noise, then while everyone's distracted -- Bernie Kerick. And money, don't forget the money.

Posted by: Greg Worley on January 7, 2010 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

For that matter, after a nearly identical terrorist plot eight years ago, George W. Bush waited six days before he said a word.

Really?

Three days after 9/11, Bush was addressing NYC and the nation from Ground Zero.

C'mon, Steve. You keep asking Republicans to start acting like adults. Well, start setting a good example.

Posted by: Eddie on January 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM | PERMALINK

Eddie, if you're being sincere about this, Steve was referring to the Richard Reid "shoe bomber" incident, not 9/11. Adult enough for you?

Posted by: jrw on January 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM | PERMALINK

A noun, a verb, and 9/11 ...

Posted by: Tea Bagger Jones on January 7, 2010 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

Keep up Eddie.

Posted by: Paranoid Floyd on January 7, 2010 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

Guillani is irritated because none of his corrupted friends have made money off the Christmas Day incident. Why doesn't Guillani enter into arnother marriage and leave the rest of the world alone. At the present time, isn't he the most disliked man in New York City?

Posted by: Ted76 on January 7, 2010 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

"That Giuliani actually seemed to believe his own nonsense only makes it more offensive"

I'm not sure about that. Most of the time, it looked like he knew he was lying and misleading the public. His smirk is cringe-worthy.

Posted by: kpow on January 7, 2010 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

@Eddie

Hey pal, I hate to break it to you but Steve is referring to the shoe bomber incident, not 9/11. "Near identical" means similar scenarios - where an attempt to blow up a plane was unsuccessful. And after that incident, Bush was mum for 6 days before saying a word.

Before lecturing others about being "adult" you might want to make sure you know what you're talking about. That would be the grown-up thing to do.

Fascinating that Republicans are criticizing Obama for a slow response (72 hours) when Bush took as long after the much more disastrous attack on 9/11.

Posted by: John S. on January 7, 2010 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

"Casual viewers"? How many casual viewers tune in to watch Larry King? How many people actually sit and listen to a show like that without already being political junkies with firm opinions? I mean, sheesh, aren't there cartoons on at that time of day?

Posted by: gummitch on January 7, 2010 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

A well-informed, mature country would know that the pace of Predator attacks against Al Qaeda leaders has been sharply stepped up under Obama, taking a heavy toll on them, and that it is only natural that retaliatory actions against us would increase.
What is happening is totally what one would expect.

Posted by: bob h on January 7, 2010 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

Hey Rudy, how's that big hole at ground zero looking?

Hey Rudy, make any bad policies lately that contributed to the deaths of hundreds of cops and firefighters?

eedjit.

Posted by: BGinCHI on January 7, 2010 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

But Rudy got rid of the squeegee guys!

Posted by: swarty on January 7, 2010 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK

I'm trying to decide whether a quick reaction from Rudy would be more or less disastrous than a well reasoned Rudy reaction... then I realized that this is a trick question, Rudy never makes reasoned decisions so they are all equally disastrous.

Posted by: jm on January 7, 2010 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

What does Rudy want? Obama, knife clenched in his teeth, as he swims toward Yemen?

As for CNN's King, the Disney folks have done a MUCH better job on Larry than they did on their Lincoln automatron , back in the 60's. . .

Posted by: DAY on January 7, 2010 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

It is too late because the clown Giuliani SAYS SO!

Posted by: ckelly on January 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

Let's face it, GOPers just can't be trusted on national security issues (among other things).

Posted by: leo on January 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM | PERMALINK

Since when is an attempt to blow up an airplane with 200 people on board a "massive attack on this country"? Rudy will always be a hack...so why is he even invited on TV or radio...unless there is an underlying agenda.

Posted by: bjobotts on January 7, 2010 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

Giulani added, "To ensure that President Obama responds appropriately in the event of another terrorist attack, I've taken the liberty of sending him a copy of My Pet Goat."

Posted by: josef on January 7, 2010 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

It is not enough to "Sigh". This is what is wrong with our politics and is making this country ungovernable in any rational sense. The press has abdicated its job. It no longer fact checks but merely reports what people say, and that let's the political operatives use the press. Democrats aren't very good at the game. Politics would be more balanced if they were, but that moves even further in the wrong direction. Somehow, fact checking has to become part of the job, and speaking lies has to again become shameful.

Posted by: Robert on January 8, 2010 at 3:46 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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