Rick Santorum: The Terrorists Will Be Attacking Before the Elections

Rick Santorum, on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show:

“Between now and November, a lot of things are going to happen, and I believe that by this time next year, the American public’s going to have a very different view of this war, and it will be because, I think, of some unfortunate events, that like we’re seeing unfold in the UK. But I think the American public’s going to have a very different view,” said the former senator from Pennsylvania.

“By this time next year”? How does he know this? And why does he sound so happy about it?

Big Tent Democrat is “not comfortable with this line of reasoning“:

I detest it when Wingnuts accuse Democrats of “wanting the terrorists to win” when Dems speak the truth about Iraq. I think this is only marginally better than that — a veiled insinuation that Wingnuts want terrorists to successfully attack us.

Can everybody, Wingnuts and DFHs, just drop this line of thinking? I guess I know Republicans and Wingnuts will not so is this a case of sauce for the gander? Perhaps, but I still do not like it.

I can’t really disagree with this: It’s a principled, ethical position. And snarks aside, I don’t believe that Rick Santorum wants another terrorist attack in the U.S.. But clearly he’s not above using — or misusing — language to raise fears of one, in the hope of ending congressional calls to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.

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15 responses to “Rick Santorum: The Terrorists Will Be Attacking Before the Elections

  1. Chromosome Crawl

    “This just in….. Rick Santorum announces that he will be revealed to be Teh Second Coming before next year’s elections”

    Somehow both of those statements have the same relationship to Reality.

    And HOW is he party to this information, being a RETIRED senator & all? He must be reading Skeletor Chertoff’s guts…..

  2. Man-On-Dog may not want one, but he doesn’t not want one.

  3. a veiled insinuation that Wingnuts want terrorists to successfully attack us

    I have no problem making that accusation plainly when I see it, forget veiled insinuations.

    I can discern the difference between someone who is dreading the possibility of terrorist attacks but thinks they’re probably nonetheless inevitable and someone who’s smacking their lips at the thought.

    I believe the possibility of terrorist attacks are probably inevitable (especially with Bush in office). But you don’t see me constantly warbling on about it, and, more importantly, you don’t see me using that very real possibility to argue in favor of limiting our freedoms to prevent it. I believe that sort of risk is one we all must be willing to take to live with as much freedom as possible, while also pursuing terrorists wisely.

    It’s easy to spot someone who secretly hopes for another terrorist attack on American soil (preferably thousands of miles away from them); they’re the ones using its specter to try to stick a camera in your window and sniff your panties while you’re still wearing ’em.

  4. i think they are hinting big time at it.
    i’m wondering, “are they trying to give the idea to the terrorists that it might be a grand idea?”

    who would benefit?
    just follow the same money trail.

  5. ChuckE

    So let’s see: if there’s no terrorist attack before November 2008, then “Bush kept us safe”–Republicans benefit.

    If there is a terrorist attack before November 2008, then that proves…somehow…that the war was a good idea–Republicans benefit.

    If this makes any sense to you, an op-ed job at one of our leading newspapers awaits.

  6. oddjob

    I detest it when Wingnuts accuse Democrats of “wanting the terrorists to win”

    I think what bothers wingnuts most is we don’t share their fondness for fascism, and don’t want the very real potential threats presented by Islamic fascists to turn this country into something its founding fathers would uniformly call a failure of their grand experiment in liberal democracy (the historically correct term for our form of government, regardless of whether any given administration is politically conservative or liberal).

  7. Zack

    I’m confused here.

    This dude is saying that something will happen–in that ominous way school bullies say, “I’ll see you after school, dickwad”–and that something will force Americans to change their minds. In other words, something bad will scare us into changing our minds.

    Just who is the fucking terrorist in this scene?

  8. oddjob

    Just who is the fucking terrorist in this scene?

    Welcome to the Wingnuts’ brave new America, where freedom means having the freedom to be terrified into gladly handing over liberty in the hopes that one will obtain security by doing so.

    Thus has it ever been with fascists.

  9. And how come it is this fuckwit knows all about it? Cause he knows how 9/11 really happened and who was behind it that’s why. Don’t ever believe there isn’t going to be another “Attack” because there is. And Deacon Dimwit will then single handedly take over the govt. call off the 2008 elections and there you have the dictatorship all the wingnuts are hoping for. Just take a look here and then ask yourself the question; when one private army is the dominent factor in Iraq how can you believe they want the war to end? And then ask yourself what will happen in the US if it does end.

  10. Jay in Oregon

    I’m getting fucking tired of these wingnuts hinting broadly that they know something, but they’re not telling what.

    I was under the impression that we “willingly” ceded a bunch of our civil liberties so that our government could have the tools necessary to get the information from suspects, blah blah blah blah. I bet Man-On-Dog man would be singing a different tune once he received the benefits of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” he so willingly handed the Bush cartel.

  11. Paul the Spud

    Gee, and I thought we were “fighting them over there, so we don’t have to fight them here.”

  12. Jan

    A terrorist attack before November 2008? No doubt, imho.

    Here’s what y’all ought to do today:
    (1) Take a look at the Phillipines’ history. They have a Constitution based on ours. Marcos was democratically elected in the 1960’s (1962 maybe?).

    And then one day… he was a dictator.
    How’d that happen?
    He imposed martial law because of “national security” and that was the end of elections in the Phillipines for a couple of decades, still under a Constitution nearly identical to our own.

    (2) Figure out right now what you’re going to do if there’s a terrorist attack on Nov. 1, 2008 and Bush calls off the elections and imposes martial law.

    (3) Always remember the advice of one of the greatest Democrats of all time — “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

    I don’t mean to necessarily predict Bush is going to impose martial law… but he can. As I sit here reading this blog, what concerns me is that I’m not sure how to stop it if he does it anyway.
    Do we storm the gates? If so, I’m not really sure why we’re not doing that already.

  13. Kathy Kattenburg

    Gee, and I thought we were “fighting them over there, so we don’t have to fight them here.”

    Good one, Paul! I didn’t even think of that one.

  14. Unless the terrorists are Iraqi, how would a terrorist attack increase the support the war in Iraq? If anything, such an attack might make Americans wonder why we’re putting so many resources in Iraq.

    Just look at the reaction to the terrorist attacks in Spain.

  15. Arkades

    For a man who supposedly dreads the event he envisions, Santorum seems to have an unseemly amount of glee for the consequences. One might almost wonder whether he regards the changed attitudes that might result as worth the cost.

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