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If oil spill is Bush’s fault, is 9/11 Clinton’s fault?

Matt Yglesias does the inevitable and expected and blames the current oil spill on George Bush.  Here’s his reasoning:

By 2009, of course, Barack Obama was already in the White House. But it takes time to staff an administration and take charge of an agency. Current MMS director Liz Birnbaum didn’t take office until July 2009, months after the exclusion was granted. More to the point, the dysfunctional attitude of MMS managers reflected problems that were deeply ingrained under the previous administration.

So I guess one can infer, given the Yglesias logic,  that 9/11 was “Clinton’s disaster”.  After all, the necessary changes in the intelligence community made under the Bush administration were a result of its failure to prevent 9/11. They were found to  be “dysfunctional” in post 9/11 investigations.  And the fact that it “takes time to take charge of an agency”, we can conclude – based on the excuse making above – that 9/11 was all Clinton’s fault.

Right?

Glad we’ve finally settled that.

~McQ

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16 Responses to If oil spill is Bush’s fault, is 9/11 Clinton’s fault?

  • “Victory has a thousand Democrat fathers. Failure is caused by  George W. Bush.”
    Anon.
     

  • Bush’s problems are his fault.
    Clinton’s problems are Bush’s fault.
    Baracky’s problems are Bush’s fault.
    Carter’s Problems were Bush’s fault.

    That is all.

  • Actually in 1977 Frank Church and Jimmy Carter got together with the result of EO 12036 which brought to an end the Hunter-Killer anti-terrorist teams formed shortly after the 1972 Olympics and then the appointment of Stansfield Turner which gutted our HumInt capabilities. The military concluded that sending those teams after specific targets (those whose names we knew) fit the new definition of assassination and thus were no longer allowed. At that time I was an M-21 operator out of Bad Toltz and decided ot to re-enlist. I was not suprised when I walked out of a hastily canceled Zurich Insurance seminar in the Atlanta Marriott  to see the view of the burning twin towers on every TV screen in the  lobby and concourse. I drove home cursing the peanut farmer, the techno-admiral and that grandstanding fat fuck from Idaho.

  • The “Great Depression” is also Bush’s fault

  •     Obama realizes that at some point his administration will have to accept some of the blame.  When he said “That includes, by the way, the federal government. For too long now, for a decade or more, there has been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill.”
        Translation: Bush’s fault 80%, Obama appointees 19%, Obama 1%
    Obama later said: “I will not tolerate more finger pointing or irresponsibilty.”
         Translation: Case closed!——CONEY

  • Actually in 1977 Frank Church and Jimmy Carter got together with the result of EO 12036 which brought to an end the Hunter-Killer anti-terrorist teams formed shortly after the 1972 Olympics and then the appointment of Stansfield Turner which gutted our HumInt capabilities. The military concluded that sending those teams after specific targets (those whose names we knew) fit the new definition of assassination and thus were no longer allowed. At that time I was an M-21 operator out of Bad Toltz and decided ot to re-enlist. I was not suprised when I walked out of a hastily canceled Zurich Insurance seminar in the Atlanta Marriott  to see the view of the burning twin towers on every TV screen in the  lobby and concourse. I drove home cursing the peanut farmer, the techno-admiral and that grandstanding fat f*ck from Idaho.

  • You know, whether the Democrats do it or the Republicans, the idea that the President can be blamed for every bureaucratic decision made is absurd.  And the oil spill is a low probability event that could have happened at any time.  Low probability events happen all the time (without extremely low probability quantum events we’d have no sun), and humans make errors.   But the blame game attempts on both sides are just silly.

    • {smarm, smarm, smarm, smarm} You know {smarm, smarm}, whether the Democrats do it or the Republicans {smarm}, the idea that the President can be blamed for every bureaucratic decision made is absurd {smarm, smarm, smarm, smarm}. And the oil spill is a low probability event that could have happened at any time {smarm, smarm, smarm}. Low probability events happen all the time {smarm, smarm} (without extremely low probability quantum events we’d have no sun {extreme smarm, see how smart I am cuz I get quantum physics!}), and humans make errors {smarm, smarm}. But the blame game attempts on both sides are just silly {smarm, smarm, smarm, smarm}.

      (Regular Scerb commentary will return when the original source begins saying something that isn’t content-free, moral-equivalence mush. Which, unfortunately, might be a long time if his recent comments are any indication. Though I’ll be pounding that idiot for his pretense of understanding quantum physics for a long time – that’s a gold mine.)

    • (without extremely low probability quantum events we’d have no sun)
      Yeah, stars are rarities on a universal scale.  *eyeroll*

  • … the Deepwater Horizon’s record was exemplary, according to MMS officials, who said the rig was never on inspectors’ informal “watch list” for problem rigs. In fact, last year MMS awarded the rig an award for its safety history

    Guess the MMS being government employees, they were still giving out the awards from the previous year.

  • pedro is glad to see that rather than focusing on the core issue,  and how to fix it so it doesn’t happen again (this is one place where strict Government Regulations are needed,  we can rarely trust Big Business to do the right thing),  you want to whine about “lefties”.   your focus is truly inspiring.

    • Actually pedro, I’ve written a whole post on fixing the problem. This post was a sarcastic shot at those who try so hard (and with such convoluted “logic”) to blame everything on Bush – something that obviously got past you.