9/24/2005

Bush has flunkie as Deputy National Security Advisor for Combatting Terrorism

Think Michael Brown ws the only horse's ass expert on Bush's govt ? Think again -- law

P.P.S. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, this bozo actually stated (or at least strongly implied) that the Bush Administration had killed Mohammed Atta, the 9/11 hijacker who was the suicide pilot of the first plane to hit the World Trade Center. Juan Cole ridiculed him for that later in the day. Unbelievable.


Bush Admin. Rep. Flees Conference After Making Fool of Himself
by lowkell
Wed Sep 7th, 2005 at 17:45:15 CDT

I just got back a little while ago from Day #2 of the two-day New America Foundation conference, "Terrorism, Security and America's Purpose: Towards a More Comprehensive Strategy" Overall, it was a great two days, with a wide spectrum of high-powered speakers speaking about the national security challenges facing America, four years after 9/11.

Obviously, in a conference like this, some speakers are going to be better than others. In this case, however, I've got to say that I was impressed with everybody I saw -- with one exception. Take a guess as to where that person works and what he does. Yep, you got it, it was President Bush's Deputy National Security Advisor for Combatting Terrorism, Juan Zarate. Frankly, this guy's speech was not just bad, it was one of the worst speeches I've ever heard in my life. It also was an insult to the 1,000 people in the audience, many of whom are leading experts who have spent their lives working, studying and teaching about U.S. national security and terrorism issues. Sorry to say, but Mr. Zarate's speech was so bad, so clueless, that I observed many people in the audience literally covering their faces in frustration, grimacing, rolling their eyes, shaking their heads, and smirking throughout his talk. Pitiful.

What was so bad about Mr. Zarate's speech? In a nutshell, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Combatting Terrorism conveyed both explicitly (by what he said in his speech) and implicitly (by what he failed to say) that he has ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE about "combatting terrorism." It's frightening to consider, but apparently the Bush Administration has learned nothing in four years. Apparently, the only thing it has to offer on "combatting terrorism" is a Tarzan-like "us good, them bad, we kill bad terrorists" pablum. But then again, they already knew all the answers even before 9/11, didn't they?

Anyway, all we got today from Mr. Zarate was the usual Bush Administration propaganda about how we're "rounding 'em up and hauling 'em in," how we're systematically destroying the ability of Al Qaeda to operate effectively, and basically how we're winning winning WINNING!!! I guess the theory is that if you repeat the same lies enough times with enough fake enthusiasm, maybe someone will believe them? Or at least you can convince yourself that you're doing the right thing?

What I also found extremely jarring - and disturbing -- about Mr. Zarate's speech was that he -- and, by extension, the Bush Administration -- hadn't listened to one word that had been spoken over the two days of this important conference. And Mr. Zarate certainly didn't stick around to find out, almost literally running out the door without taking any questions -- as almost all the other speakers did during the conference. His excuse, of course, was that he had to get right back to the White House. Yeah, I'm sure he did...nasty "war on terrorism" to fight and all. And tough, nasty questions from the mean audience of "experts" awaiting him if he stayed.

The bottom line is that, four years after 9/11, the Bush Administraiton shows no sign of having learned a damn thing about America's vulnerabilities, its enemies, its first response capabilities, or pretty much anything else. As far as I could tell from today's speech, there's not even a glimmer of comprehension as to what we're facing, who we're fighting, where we're headed, or just about anything else related to the "war on terror." And the Bush Administration certainly show no sign of having listened to any serious terrorism or national security experts the past four years, if Mr. Zarate's speech is any indication.

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