Predictability, thy name is Nutroots.
Via NBC News today, we learn that the Brits and the US had a ‘significant’ disagreement as to when to move on the suspected terrorists who were planning the terror attacks that would have blown up several planes en route to the US from the UK:
LONDON – NBC News has learned that U.S. and British authorities had a significant disagreement over when to move in on the suspects in the alleged plot to bring down trans-Atlantic airliners bound for the United States.
A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.
In contrast to previous reports, the official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports.
Hmmm. So it supposedly wasn’t “imminent”, according to this one official, but the British officials were planning on moving in on the suspects within a week, if you read between the lines of what’s reported. That sounds “imminent” enough for me.
Of course, this is all the nutroots needed to claim that the announcement of the foiling of this wave of terrorist attacks was nothing more than a political stunt by BushCo. in an attempt to paint Lamont’s win as a symbol of the Democrats weakness on fighting terror. Check out the comments to this post at Talk Left if you want to see just what I’m talking about. There are a few voices of sanity in the comments, but overall the comments seem to indicate that we should have waited to move on this case because the threat “wasn’t imminent”. What you read in the comments there is the standard for what you’ll see on other lefty blogs today in response to this article. Unbelievable.
When you read on down into the article, you’ll see the likely reason why the US wanted to act now rather than wait even a few days:
Analysts say that in recent years, American security officials have become edgier than the British in such cases because of missed opportunities leading up to 9/11.
Gasp! Isn’t this exactly what the far left complained about just months after 9-11? That “Bush KNEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” but didn’t act quickly enough? And now that “Bush KNEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and our intelligence agencies acted swiftly, it’s “politics”? LOL! I swear you cannot make this stuff up. Welcome to the city of Nutroots, where brains and common sense are strictly prohibited. The lights are on, but nobody’s home.
Oh, and I’m surprised THIS part didn’t get the nutroots riled up, too:
[The anonymous official] acknowledged that authorities had conducted electronic and e-mail surveillance as well as physical surveillance of the suspects.
Uh oh. They musta missed that one.