“It’s the assumptions that’ll hurt us.”
Uncle Pundit himself is given to assuming, so I bit. “What assumptions?”
“Those that stem from letting that plane and those pilots get by with it.”
Oh, the two guys in the Pennsylvania Cessna. Yeah, but, no harm, no foul. Right?
“Right this one time. But think of the assumptions. The Defense apparatus assumes that since the Cessna wandered around aimless-like, radio-silent, and finally over the Vice President’s digs, just blocks from the White House, noticed two F-16s, a helicopter or two, and another craft trying to wave them off and wobbled away, that the right thing was done. Like you say: no harm, no foul. Couldn’t be more mistaken.”
“The defenders assume that letting the entire warning apparatus collapse is not dangerous, a precedent set. An assumption established. The National Guard guys climb out of their F-16 cockpits more sure than ever that punching off those missiles would’ve been wrong.”
What would have been right? Shooting them down?
My God, Uncle. Killing two wandering Pennsylvania pilots?
“Absolutely. That puts both assumptions on solid ground.”
“Like there is an established no-fly perimeter, well-advertised, known to all pilots, private and commercial. And that it will be defended, against all comers. You forget the second assumptions.”
“The guys who might want to try the same thing, but for real, with bio-stuff aboard, and then maybe a big dirty thing as the final payload once on target — White House, Capitol, doesn’t matter. They can now safely assume something.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?