Cynical Synapse

Wed, 30 Dec 2009

Hoekstra Uses Christmas Terror Attack for Fundraising

Police arrest Abdulmutallab on NW 253

Politics in Michigan has been a debacle for some time now. And, as the election year draws near, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better any time soon. Both the Democrats and the Republicans are busy being devisive within their own parties, but that’s a topic for another post.

In the aftermath of the attemped suicide bombing of Northwest flight 253 on Christmas Day, many are outraged at how the attack could take place. US Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) wasted no time blaming Obama’s administration. The President himself called the incident “a systemic failure”.

When our government has information on a known extremist and that information is not shared and acted upon as it should have been, so that this extremist boards a plane with dangerous explosives that could have cost nearly 300 lives, a systemic failure has occurred. And I consider that totally unacceptable.

As the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Hoekstra’s certainly entitled—even expected—to question the failure to “connect the dots” in terrorist Abdulmatallab’s case. While he may be doing that, he seems far more interested in using the incident for political capital. As a Michigan gubernatorial candidate, Hoekstra sent out a fundraising email citing the Dec. 25th terrorist act. You can read the complete text, but here’s what’s relevant.

Hoekstra on CBS' The Early Show

They just don’t get it. The system didn’t “work” here. Far from it! It is insulting that The Obama administration would make such a claim, but then again, these are the same weak-kneed liberals who have recently tried to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists right here to Michigan!

My promise to you, as your governor, my first duty and most solemn responsibility is to keep Michigan safe!

For almost a decade I have been a leader on National Security and at the forefront of the war on terror. I understand the real and continuing threat radical jihadists pose to our great state of Michigan and our great Nation.

I have pledged that I will do “everything possible” to prevent these terrorists from coming to Michigan.

But I need your help.

If you agree that we need a Governor who will stand up the Obama/Pelosi efforts to weaken our security please make a most generous contribution of $25, $50, $100 or even $250 to my campaign.

CH-47 helicopters at work in Iraq

Talk about being an opportunistic asshole. We already have enough buffoons in political office like that.

You may recall, even though he should know better as the Republican leader of the House Intelligence Committee, Hoekstra broadcast his secret Iraq itinerary on Twitter. This is the guy who included an intelligence leak in an anti-leak op-ed piece he wrote. Never mind that Hoekstra compromised a sensitive intelligence program just for the sake of criticizing the Administration’s handling of the Fort Hood massacre. And these aren’t Hoekstra’s only security-related faux pas.

Hoesktra says he’s a national security expert, but that’s obviously not the case. He also says he’ll be an effective leader for Michigan. How does he define that? The kind that takes advantage of situations for personal or politcal gain? Or the kind that’s easily bought for the right vote? Hoekstra originally voted against the Wall Street bailout bill in the House, but voted for it after the Senate added another $100 billion in earmarks. What did he get to change his vote in just 5 days?

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