No one serious would give Rudi dekker the time of day. Indeed, after the September 11, 2001 attacks he should have been in jail, or at the very least forever banned from his chosen profession. Instead, hard to believe, FOX loves the guy. Surprise, Rudi is selling a book, and FOX is only to happy to spin this schlock into an indictment of Obama’s fight against terrorism in the days leading up to the 10th anniversary of that terrible day.
Who is Rudi Dekker? Truly he should have been forgotten by history. I think in the “olden” days they called it “shunned.” But Mister Dekker owned the flight school where Mohammad Atta trained to leaned how to crash a plane into the World Trade center that sunny September day. Mister Dekker, now considered by FOX to be a terrorism expert-the same way the guy who teaches a car full of armed men in ski masks how to drive a car can then call himself an expert in preventing bank robberies-is making the rounds on Right-wing radio and FOX.
He isn’t alone. Dick Cheney, part of the Administration that missed such veiled and ambiguous warnings the summer of 2001 as “Bin Laden determined to strike within the US,” is also making the rounds, curiously as the current crop of Republican Presidential wanna-bes are desperate to undermine any success by the current administration.
And there are many successes. The killing of bin Laden himself, something Bush and Cheney couldn’t accomplish, was only topping on a greater anti-terrorism cake. Obama’s strategy hasn’t been merely to make war. rather, by improving views of the United States around the world and in the Middle East, by being tougher on Israel, he was ratcheted down the international war tempo and emotion so prevalent during the Bush and Cheney years. He has actively pursued and killed far more terrorist leaders than Bush and Cheney did in 8 years, without the chest thumping and in-your-face cowboy rhetoric. Quietly he has worked to stabilize Somalia, and when was the last time you heard of Somali pirates? Had Bush and Cheney undertaken Libya there would have been an emphasis on “America boys beatin’ back terrorism,” instead of America taking a subtler role that lead in 6 months to the toppling of Gaddafi’s regime(Recall Pan Am 103?). That softer approach robbed terrorist antagonists from fresh anti-American propaganda and recruiting material. Iran and Hamas were all but silent.
But back to Dekker and Cheney, and their diatribes, which amount to little more than a hoodlums effort to divert attention from their own failures and, dare I opine, crimes?
Reminds me of a story about Sirhan Sirhan, the man who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy. At Sirhan’s parole hearing he said that if Robert F’ Kennedy were still alive he would want him to go free. Wow! the one guy who would speak on his behalf, and Sirhan killed him. The one guy who could speak to Dekker’s ability to spot terrorists, and that guy flew into the World Trade tower. Mister Cheney, any idea what those who died on 9-11 would view your record on terrorism? No doubt they give it a big thumbs up, or maybe they’d opt for an alternate finger.