January 1, 2010

Concerning Flight 253 ….

…. these facts can’t be emphasized enough:

  • Before its sanitizing mechanisms went into gear, the Associated Press headline on Christmas evening at 7:28 p.m. (and probably before that, since I didn’t catch the story right away) read as follows: “AP sources: Al-Qaida link in failed plane attack.” That headline and version of the story are of course long gone, which is why saving such things to ye olde hard drive/web host is sometimes so very important — for fair use and discussion purposes, of course.
  • A USA Today e-mail alert a few hours earlier said the same thing:


  • The Obama administration’s pretense that it took until Monday evening, December 28, roughly 72 hours later, to be able to tell the American people that there was “some linkage” with al-Qaeda” is just that — totally self-serving horse manure that should fool no one.

Say what you want about Bush 43′s crew, who were sometimes far less than perfect in describing and handling these matters, but on this one the Obama administration is busted, and has shown it can’t be trusted. Their modus operandi is no different that the Clintons when they were in charge (“How can we fool ‘em today?”) on matters that are far too serious for such gamesmanship.

Accordingly, I have to admit to something about the post on Wednesday entitled “Flight 253: Media Ignoring Two-Day Gap Between Preliminary AQ Linkage and Obama Team’s ‘Some Linkage’ Acknowledgment.”

It was really three full days. I was wrong. I am sorry.



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  2. Great post, Tom.

    Comment by Rose — January 1, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

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