Cotton’s Fuzzy Math

25 Apr

GOP golden boy, AR-04 Rep. Tom Cotton, added his voice to the recent media flurry of George W. Bush revisionism that has preceded today’s Bush Center opening ceremonies. Though Cotton’s remarks on the House floor yesterday were a clear attempt to score a few cheap political points out of the Boston Marathon bombing events by blaming them on President Obama, his brief diatribe revolved around the rather peculiar argument that President Bush actually had a pitched a perfect game when it come to keeping the country from being victimized from terrorism on our own soil . . . you know, except for that 9/11 thing.

From The Last Word (linked above):

A week after the Boston Marathon bombings, the first successful terrorist bombing on U.S. soil since 2001, a Republican freshman Congressman made an invalid argument that President George W. Bush did a better job keeping America safe from terrorism but failed to mention the 9/11 attacks.

What gall, huh? Now let’s take a quick trek down memory lane, shall we?

This since 9/11 rhetoric seems to be a pretty convenient starting point for rewriting recent history, especially considering the line of attack Cotton directed towards the current commander-in-chief. You know, the only POTUS out of the two being compared here that actually made it a priority to find Bin Laden and destroy Al Qaeda’s leadership. Facts and irony being what they are, here is the most recent contribution to the annals of the Congressional Record and C-SPAN video archives from Arkansas’s freshman congressman:

“I rise today to express grave doubts about the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies and programs. Counterterrorism is often shrouded in secrecy, as it should be, so let us judge by the results. In barely four years in office, five jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama: the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square bomber, the Fort Hood shooter, and in my own state — the Little Rock recruiting office shooter.In the over seven years after 9/11 under George W. Bush, how many terrorists reached their target in the United States? Zero! We need to ask ‘why is the Obama Administration failing in its mission to stop terrorism before it reaches its targets in the United States?”

Despite his best effort to deliver a soldier’s impassioned plea, Cotton’s selective memory and overly-prepared remarks sure have the feel of being just another dose of typical GOP template-politicscomplete with the standard list of talking points that have no doubt been distributed to Fox News & Co. to be subsequently repeated by every Rethug making the media rounds right now. And I’d venture to guess there’s a real good chance it’s Lil’ Billy Kristol behind this push as another way to raise the profile and national ambitions of his shining star from Yell, AR. Because otherwise it’s awfully hard to believe that one could claim Mr. Obama has been “failing” when it comes to protecting the American homeland, then attempt to “yada, yada, yada” the fact that on 9/11 that same homeland lost nearly 3,000 innocent people because of Al Qaeda reaching its targets. Presidential leadership amounted to some spoiled twit who had opted for “My Pet Goat” instead of briefings like “Bin Laden Determined to Strike Inside U.S.” that day, did it not?

Miss ME yet?On top of the blatant hypocrisy of ignoring that failing, this disengenious “since 9/11” count also leaves out the anthrax attacks that soon followed, the Richard Reid shoe bombing, dirty bomb schemer Jose Padilla, the shooting at LAX in 2002, as well as the horrific shooting spree of murderers Mohammed and Malvo, the two Beltway-area snipers.

You can watch the fuzzy math play out in Cotton’s screams of “FIVE!” and “ZERO!” from the House of Representatives below:


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