Sen. Joe Lieberman must not pay very much attention to current events, because on Meet The Press today he stressed that Islamic terrorists are a bigger threat to Americans than homegrown terrorists. Lieberman said, “I would not overstate this threat. It is not as significant as the global threat of Islamist extremism, but it is real.” Oh Joe, that is so Bush era 9/11 of you to say, and dangerously inaccurate to boot.
Here is the video:
When asked by moderator David “Ambien” Gregory if the political atmosphere in the US is adding to the terror threat, Lieberman answered, “Well, the threat has definitely escalated. And all the conditions that you mentioned, David, are there to encourage people. Look, I would say a word of caution to my colleagues in both political parties and, frankly, in the media. The level of discourse about our politics and about our country are so extreme and so incendiary that if you’re dealing with people who may, may not be clicking on all cylinders and, and may have vulnerabilities personally, there’s a danger that they’re going to do what this group of militia planned to do this week.”
He went on to claim that Islamic terrorists are still the bigger threat, “I would not overstate this threat. It is not as significant as the global threat of Islamist extremism, but it is real. And I want to assure the American people, from where I sit as the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, that your government is taking this militia threat very seriously. The FBI is on top of this. That’s why, through good work and informants, they stopped this Hutaree group before they had a chance to do what they wanted to do, which is to attack law enforcement officers, to break down authority in our country.”
Lieberman said that he wasn’t downplaying the threat, and then in his very next breath, he proceeded to downplay the threat. In case Lieberman has not been paying attention, here are three recent examples of domestic terrorist attacks, the Holocaust Museum shooting, the Ft. Hood shootings, and the IRS building suicide crash. These are just the three highest profile recent incidents, and two of the three were associated with the right wing.
While Islamic terrorist attacks are always going to be a threat, Lieberman’s thinking is outdated. The United States government needs to focusing resources on terrorism prevention from all sources both foreign and domestic. They should not be prioritizing one source over another. No matter what a terrorist’s origins or motivations, the death and destruction from a successful attack is the same. Lieberman needs to realize that the environment has changed, and his political fear mongering is worse than outdated, it is dangerous to national security.
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