In describing the reasons he believes the Republicans' presumptive nominee for president would be better prepared than the Democrats' to lead the nation next January, Sen. Joe Lieberman said that history shows the United States would likely face a terrorist attack in 2009.
"Our enemies will test the new president early," Lieberman, I-Conn., told Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer. "Remember that the truck bombing of the World Trade Center happened in the first year of the Clinton administration. 9/11 happened in the first year of the Bush administration."
Lieberman nonetheless distanced himself from remarks by McCain chief strategist Charlie Black, who came under criticism for suggesting in an interview that McCain's election chances would be improved if a terrorist attack occurred before November.
"Sometimes even the best of them say things that are not what they intended to say," Lieberman said. "Certainly the implications there I know were not what Charlie intended. And he apologized for it. Senator McCain said he didn't agree. And, of course, I feel the same way.
"But here's the point. We're in a war against Islamist extremists who attacked us on 9/11. They've been trying to attack us in many, many ways since then."
I personally like that analogy that Lieberman used--when terrorists attacked America in 1993, the Clinton administration caught them, tried them, and punished them. No one lost their fucking minds. We used the rule of law. And Americans didn't have their civil liberties and habeas corpus flushed down the toilet.
When terrorists attacked during the Bush Administration, they ignored the warnings, flipped the fuck out and took all of our civil liberties away, formed the Department of Homeland Security, and have systematically fucked up every single solitary government agency and left us hollowed out militarily by launching the wrong war against the wrong adversary.
So, in a sense--Joe's right. They have been trying to "attack us in many, many ways since then." Only not the ways Joe thinks.