So according to
America's Mayor that vaguely pro-choice, pro-gay rights, anti-gun Republican former mayor of a major metropolitan area, electing a Democratic president in 2008 will inevitably lead to another September 11:
"If any Republican is elected president — and I think obviously I would be the best at this — we will remain on offense and will anticipate what [the terrorists] will do and try to stop them before they do it," Giuliani said.
The former New York City mayor, currently leading in all national polls for the Republican nomination for president, said Tuesday night that America would ultimately defeat terrorism no matter which party gains the White House.
"But the question is how long will it take and how many casualties will we have?" Giuliani said. "If we are on defense [with a Democratic president], we will have more losses and it will go on longer."
"I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense," Giuliani continued. "We will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense."
He added: "The Democrats do not understand the full nature and scope of the terrorist war against us."
Democrats understand the full nature and scope of the terrorist war against us just fine, Rudy. In fact, I think history and recent experience have more than amply demonstrated that it is in fact the Republicans who simply don't get it. And you're hardly in the best position to lead on that issue, all your propaganda notwithstanding.
Follow me below the fold for the reasons why the BS detector pictured above just blew every safety circuit it had.
As CNN reported (among many other sources) in the wake of Giuliani's testimony before the September 11 commission:
New York fire and police department officials drew criticism over communication problems that plagued World Trade Center rescue efforts.
Jerry Hauer, former director of New York City's Office of Emergency Management, also testified before the September 11 commission Wednesday, telling members he had tried but could not get the fire and police departments to communicate on the same radio frequency during major emergencies.
That problem was still waiting to be addressed when Giuliani left office. And, as a story in the Guardian last month noted, the faulty radios that hampered communications on September 11, 2001, were exactly the same ones that had evidenced the exact same problem during the first WTC bombing eight years previously.
Last year, investigative reporters Dan Collins and Wayne Barrett published Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11, which criticizes Giuliani's handling of the terror attacks and his lack of preparation for anything like them. In discussing the book with Newsweek, Barrett observed:
This book is a story of stark contrasts between this great capacity he showed that day to lead and the way in which those visuals have insinuated him into the American mind and his paltry performance preparing the city for a terrorist attack even though the city had been attacked [in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] just months before he took office in 1994.
Giuliani managed to convert that persona we all saw on 9/11 and appreciate [it] into a marketing device and turn himself into a legend as someone who understood the threat and really prepared the city. But, as our book shows, he seemed to have had no appreciation of the terror threat prior to 9/11. In fact, he took many steps backward in preparing the city.
Chief among those backward steps, the authors say, was Giuliani's decision, against the advice of consultants, to locate the city's emergency command center in the World Trade Center, never thinking, despite the fact that it had been the target of a terrorist attack in 1993 just before Giuliani took office, that it might be hit again.
And while Mr. Giuliani may be able to exculpate himself from some of the guilt by pointing out that nobody read him the salient parts of the presidential daily briefing that indicated al-Qaeda was planning to attack targets in the United States using airplanes as weapons (a report that, if memory serves, mentioned New York explicitly as one of the targets at least three separate times), that very admission does his assertion that Republicans are automatically better on terror than are Democrats, considering it was a Republican president and a Republican national security adviser that failed to give due weight to that PDB and took no action on it, despite having been pressured to pay attention to the al-Qaeda threat by their outgoing counterparts in President Clinton's administration just months previously.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, the pretzelnit is puffing himself up for a meaningless symbolic fight with the Democrats in Congress over the funding of his Great War on a Noun, most of the American people realized even before Harry Reid said so that the war in Iraq was already lost, and two-thirds of voters want to pull troops out of that gigantic pointless clusterfuck. That the war in Iraq is a bootless errand, a complete distraction from doing what the pretzelnit said he was going to do (and what Rudy now promises to do better in his stead), namely, bring those who planned and carried out that shameful attack on innocent people to justice. As of this writing, it is 2,046 days since Osama's bin Forgotten.
Your emperor is naked Mr. Giuliani. And if you're not careful, you're going to find yourself in the same state. So I wouldn't go picking out curtains for the Oval Office quite yet if I were you.