Thursday, February 09, 2006

Thwarting an All-Star Team of European Terrorists

U.S. President George W. Bush disclosed new details on Thursday of a thwarted al Qaeda plot to use shoe bombs to hijack a plane and fly it into a Los Angeles building, as he sought to justify his tactics in fighting terrorism.
Hmmm. Hijacking a plane with shoe bombs? And using it to destroy a building in L.A.?

Sounds like Bush has been jumbling together his memories of Richard Reid and the 9/11 attacks with some late-night viewings of Die Hard on the Superstation. I guess we'll have the proof when he signs off a speech with "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfuckers!"


Tokyo Joe said...

At this point I'm going to take credit for calling just such an action. Scoff if you like, but this is exactly how Bush is going to get out of trouble with the whole wire tap thing. A few tense stories showing that the wire taps directly saved an untold number of US lives and most people will not only not mind the wire taps, but actively push for most secret squirrel organizations to keep us safe. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if this gets turned into some sort of movie-of-the-week showcasing all of the dedicated work of wire tappers. If we are real lucky maybe Gene Hackman will reprise his role from The Conversation.

Otto Man said...

Funny, I just rented and watched "The Conversation" tonight.

I agree that's their intent, but I'm no so sure it'll stick. I watched CBS News tonight and Bob Schieffer very pointedly noted that they'd asked tons of people in the admin. if wiretapping had helped there, and they refused to comment.

The press isn't buying it. They've cried Osama too many times now.

Otto Man said...

Keith Olbermann hit this hard, too.

S.W. Anderson said...

I've been intrigued ever since I heard Bush's story. I've been trying to figure out a scenario in which some towelhead psychopath parlays having a shoe bomb aboard a plane into taking control of the plane and flying it into a building.

Maybe I have an imagination gap going here, but so far I haven't come up with anything very plausible.

Ideas, anyone?

InanimateCarbonRod said...

Flying planes into buildings is like so five years ago.

Otto Man said...

SWA, I'm as baffled as you are. It seems a shoe bomb would blow off the whole cockpit, or at least depressurize the plane. Seems like a ridiculous plot.

jdoglady said...

to swa and otto man: glad to find someone else who finds the story fishy. I wonder if Bush even reads what his puppeteers want him to say before he opens (and sticks his foot in) his mouth. Large as they are on the outside, anyone who's ever flown knows how cramped planes are on the inside. Not much room to absorbe the consussion without blowing out windows at least, and we know what that would do. And how would you detonate a shoebomb anyway? You couldn't leave it on your foot without blowing off everything between the knee and the floor at least, and comming so soon after 9/11 I doubt SERIOUSLY the passengers would have stood by and let anyone fool around with the cockpit door. Remember, Flight 93 didn't accomplish it's mission because the passengers found out what was going on. No way can I believe this ballyhoo'd story was a serious threat, or "W" wasn't trying to drum up support for his wire tap mess.