The predictability of liberal responses to terrorist threats — fearing conservative political reaction more than terrorism itself — is further demonstrated by Roy Edroso of the Village Voice:
Rightbloggers, for obvious reasons, are less interested in calming fears than in exacerbating them, and proclaim, as is their wont, that the Obama Presidency has failed and that America will only be safe when it has come to an end.
Note how conservative criticism of the Obama administration is automatically presumed to be illegitimate; because there can be no rational reason for criticizing liberals, conservatives are either cynically playing politics or just plain crazy.
The presumed illegitimacy of conservatism creates a closed feedback loop that exempts liberal policy from meaningful criticism. Any liberal who grants legitimacy to conservative criticism will be demonized and ostracized as a heretic. Just ask Joe Lieberman, who made the mistake of repeating an administration official’s strategic insight about Yemen:
Yemen now becomes one of the centers of that fight. I was in Yemen in August. And we have a growing presence there, and we have to, of Special Operations, Green Berets, intelligence. We’re working well with the government of President Saleh there.
I leave you with this thought that somebody in our government said to me in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Iraq was yesterday’s war. Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war. That’s the danger we face. (Emphasis added.)
It was this remark on “Fox News Sunday” that caused liberal blogger Spencer Ackerman to erupt:
What the f— does Joe Lieberman know about Yemen? What does anyone in the Washington policy community know about Yemen? F—ing nothing . .
Ackerman portrays Lieberman as an irresponsible warmonger, but Ann Althouse calls attention to a New York Times article outlining U.S. anti-terror efforts in Yemen — the exact sort of preemptive action that Lieberman was advocating.
Evidently, the Obama administration is itself concerned about Yemen becoming a terrorist haven, but you can’t say that on Fox News, especially if you’re Lieberman, who has been known to consort with conservatives. The transparent double standard causes Dan Riehl to remark:
It seems that before he went off to collect his peace prize, Obama had already ramped up a covert war within Yemen. It isn’t that I disagree with him on that, it’s the awkward inconsistency between his rhetoric and his actions that raise concerns.
For many on the Left, Darleen Click observes, Obama is like a “mood ring” — inerrantly exposing the bad faith of conservatives — and the presumed irrationality of his critics is exemplified by the declaration by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that grassroots opposition to the administration reflects “angry populism which is not fact-based.”
To Mitchell and her ilk, there can be no facts — not even an al-Qaeda-trained terrorist on a flight to Detroit — that justify criticism by conservatives. We are liberalism’s real enemy, and must be defeated by any means necessary.