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Living in the hysterical world

[ 7 ] October 29, 2010 |

Today’s “terrorist” “incidents” don’t seem too terrifying:

The rare military escort for a civilian flight heightened the drama of the still unfolding terrorism investigation, as officials isolated cargo planes at two other American airports and searched a delivery truck in Brooklyn for packages said to have been sent from Yemen to addresses in the United States.

None of those packages proved to be dangerous, but officials in Dubai found one that contained explosive material, and another — the first one to be discovered, in Britain — contained a device that appeared similar to an improvised bomb but contained no explosives.

Nevertheless President Obama held an impromptu news conference to discuss these barely newsworthy events. Obama is in a Catch-22 situation here: On the one hand if he acts like a grownup he will be excoriated from the right for not being taking The Existential Threat We Face from Islamoterrofascism seriously. On the other, we can be pretty sure that the next couple of days will feature lots of speculation regarding whether this whole thing has been trumped up by the administration for electoral purposes (it will be interesting to see if any GOP establishment mouthpieces pick up this theme).

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  1. Oscar Leroy says:

    “if he acts like a grownup he will be excoriated from the right ”

    Well, we have to avoid that! Because it is possible to avoid that. I suppose.

  2. Anderson says:

    it will be interesting to see if any GOP establishment mouthpieces pick up this theme

    Interesting like letting go of a rock to see whether it falls to the ground or not. Yeah, let me know what you find out there.

  3. joe from Lowell says:

    Can anyone explain to me the point of having Air Force jets follow a plane purported to have a bomb on board? What’s the scenario where I’m really glad those jets were there?

  4. Simple Mind says:

    Suspect Package feat. Fragile State

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