December 31, 2009

It seems that the Fox talkers who have been attacking President Obama this week for allegedly being "soft on terror" -- particularly Wayne Simmons, who sneeringly referred to Obama as 'the boy king' earlier this week -- are especially upset that two of the key leaders of Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula, the organization claiming credit for the attempt attack on Flight 253, are men who were released from Guantanamo Bay and sent back to Yemen.

Simmons was on Fox's Your World yesterday with David Asman, and they both were appalled that these men had been freed.

Asman: You stay in touch with all your exes in the military and intelligence community. What's the morale like there, where people see prime targets being released back where they can do damage?

Simmons: It's pathetic. It's low. It's horrible. It's frustrating. It's every adjective you can think of to describe the work that these outstanding men and women in the intelligence community and in the military put into tracking these guys down and killing them or capturing them. And then end up now like maybe the SEALs do. So, a lot of men and women are questioning, just where is the leadership? Or why is there a lack of leadership? They are putting their lives on the line, grabbing these guys, only to have them turned loose again. It's pathetic.

But there was one little fact missing from the entire discussion: These two men were released by the Bush administration and returned to Yemen to participate in "art therapy."

In fact, it was none other than Dick Cheney himself -- who only the day before was similarly attacking Obama -- who secretly released the men. As Eric Massa pointed out:

"I would remind the American public that the apparent leaders of the al Qaeda cell in Yemen were 2 terrorists who were released by Vice President Cheney in secret. I think there's a level of accountability that has to be levied personally on the vice president," Massa said in an interview. "He is personally responsible for that."

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