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    Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level
    By Mimi Hall, USA TODAY


    WASHINGTON — Former Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge, speaking for the first time about accusations made in his new book, says he did not mean to suggest that other top Bush administration officials were playing politics with the nation's security before the 2004 presidential election.

    "I'm not second-guessing my colleagues," Ridge said in an interview about The Test of Our Times, which comes out Tuesday and recounts his experiences as head of the nation's homeland security efforts in the first several years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


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    I knew this was just another case of "Wishful thinking" by the hate-driven left. They latch on and twist anything they can, to feed that hatred that has so dominated them over the last 8 years. Just like the dozens and dozens of other attempts they've orchestrated to destroy Bush, predictably, this one fails miserably.

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    Re: Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    Gee... I hate to say "I told you so", but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    Ridge did NOT accuse the Bush White House of political use of terror alert system

    The quote from Ridge's book that has the left celebrating stated:

    “There was absolutely no support for that position within our department. None.” He then says, “I wondered, ‘Is this about security or politics?’ "

    Notice he doesn't point any fingers, reference any incidents or conversations, nor does he offer evidence of any kind to back up that claim.

    There's a reason for this... It's because it was just a passing thought based on the fact that he didn't feel the threat level needed to be raised. It wasn't an accusation.

    The reason I know it wasn't an accusation, is because Ridge stated very definitively earlier in the book, when addressing allegations that political pressure had been applied to raise threat levels, said:

    "Let me make it very clear. I was never directed to do so no matter how many analysts, pundits or critics say so."

    So there you have it...

    All this false hype is designed to appeal to Bush haters on the left, to sell a few books.

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    Re: Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    Ridge in this radio interview, backs up the fact that he isn't accusing the administration of trying to politicize the terror alert system.

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    Re: Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    This may very likely end up killing the "terror alert was politicized" story as much as Dan Rather screwing the pooch killed the "Bush was AWOL" story. However, it should be understood that just because both news stories were botched doesn't mean that the stories themselves don't have at least a grain of truth to them. Anyone who doubts that that the sons of rich and powerful people very, very frequently got a free card out of serving in Viet Nam, or that tools of fear such as the terror alert system can be politicized are pretty naive.

    And prerequisite header: Democrats do it too yadda yadda yadda, wacka wacka wacka.

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    Re: Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    Gee... I hate to say "I told you so", but...
    I like you Grim, but I must remind you that it's a sin to tell a lie.


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    Re: Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    The dude wrote it in his book. Give me a break. He's now backpedaling because someone probably called and cussed him out. You don't write something in a book and then go... oops, just kidding. It's a purposeful move.
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    Re: Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    I think he must have gotten a call from the leader of the (R) party, Rush.

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    Re: Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    The dude wrote it in his book. Give me a break.
    No he didn't. That's the point I made last week.

    Those of you on the left just see what you want to see.

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    Re: Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    No he didn't. That's the point I made last week.

    Those of you on the left just see what you want to see.

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    And you don't think the right does that too? Seriously?
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    Re: Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    And you don't think the right does that too? Seriously?
    The topic here is the Ridge book.

    I realize that many people fall for this tactic of changing the subject, that the left so often uses when their backed into a corner, to but I'm not one of them.

    Address this topic please.

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