If Tony Blair, already hip-deep and sinking over his backing for the neocon's latest adventure in Lebanon, was aware of the upcoming plot to blow up airliners with liquid explosives (and news reports say he was kept fully briefed) then...
WTF is he doing in Barbados on holiday instead of in No10 doing his job?
Update Steve Soto is really suspicious about the timing.
*Bush knew the details about this plot since last Friday, and talked twice with the Poodle about this over the weekend.
*Cheney launched his attack against Democrats yesterday for being weak on terror by tossing out Joe Lieberman.
*A day after that, Scotland Yard pulls the string and rounds up the plotters after months of tracking, leaving five of them still at large.
Almost immediately after the arrests, Bush and the White House jump to tell the public that there are Islamic fascists out there ready to repeat 9/11 and that Democrats wanted to raise the white flag on terror.
And the Hill GOP is only too happy for this to happen now:"I'd rather be talking about this than all of the other things that Congress hasn't done well," one Republican congressional aide told AFP on condition of anonymity because of possible reprisals.It’s all a little too convenient. Wouldn't Scotland Yard had wanted to catch all of them instead of having five still at large? This isn't the first time that the White House has blown a British surveillance of Pakistani-connected Al Qaeda operatives for political purposes.
"Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big," said another White House official, who also spoke on condition of not being named, adding that some Democratic candidates won't "look as appealing" under the circumstances.
Here's the most detailled version of the official story so far, from Time magazine.
At the moment I am remembering the fabled "chemical bomb of London" that led to one suspect being shot while police carried out arrests and much scaremongering from the usual suspects. Despite government assurances at the time that they were "110% sure" of the plot, those arrested were released and officials eventually admitted it was all a mistake.
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