No one noticed until CNN reporter Elaine Quijano reported on it and asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs what was happening out on the river. And Gibbs came unglued.
Said Gibbs of the reporting:
“Let’s understand that best I can tell there was reporting based on listening to a police scanner that was not verified, and then it was on television and now we’ve raced back to find out that it’s a training exercise. So I think it appears as if a lot of this might have been avoided.”
Yes, it is 8 years since 4 planes were hijacked and 3 of them were driven into buildings occupied by Americans and other nationalities. But I just have to say stop it now.
Apparently all the terrorists have to do is to eventually attack us on every day of the year so that we will be prevented from carrying out any training exercise at all for fear that someone is going to create a mess in their drawers.
And I put the blame for this unprecedented propensity to fear anything out of the ordinary squarely on the previous administration. They made a game of inciting fear in Americans. Former Secretary of
And the media needs to lead the way.
CNN is completely out of line in their complaints that the Coast Guard was wrong to schedule a training exercise on September 11th. Again, who else noticed?
But no. And now the Republicans, ironically the ones responsible for the whole fiasco beginning when they ignored a NIE that claimed that Osama bin Laden was bent on wreaking havoc on American soil, are jumping on the bandwagon shaking their fists in the air at this careless and heartless Department of Homeland Security.
“Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) is calling on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to explain the timing of the exercise, which occurred while top officials were attending memorial services for Sept. 11. Homeland Security oversees the Coast Guard.
“‘The anxiety caused by this situation on such a solemn day is extremely disturbing,’ said Voinovich, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. ‘It sounds very much like the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing.’”
All I can say, is this: George, none of this would have been an issue had your guys not fanned the flames of fear year after year.