RUDY FEELS RELEVANT AGAIN…. A terrorist tried to blow up an airplane, and as a result, the media gives Rudy Giuliani an opportunity to pretend he knows what he’s talking about.

Speaking on CNN’s Larry King Live, Giuliani said the time it took the president to react to the attempted attack may “convince our enemies we are not ready.” […]

“All this is ten days too late,” Giuliani said. “This something you react to immediately. Not after your vacation. The president of the United States, when there is a potential massive attack on the country, should have been on top of it immediately.”

The inanity is simply breathtaking. That Giuliani actually seemed to believe his own nonsense only makes it more offensive.

The federal response to the attempted attack was immediate. President Obama waited because of a deliberate strategy to deny terrorists a public-relations victory. Why on earth would an adult think this approach might “convince our enemies we are not ready”? What does that even mean?

For that matter, after a nearly identical terrorist plot eight years ago, George W. Bush waited six days before he said a word. He didn’t “react immediately.” He didn’t interrupt his vacation. Giuliani didn’t criticize Bush at the time, because this isn’t about counter-terrorism; this is about a fairly transparent hack trying to undermine the president, mislead the country, and score cheap points.

“All this is ten days too late”? What does that even mean? There was an attempted terrorist attack, the president immediately demanded a review, and now the information is becoming available. How and why is that “too late”?

Rudy Giuliani has never demonstrated even the most basic understanding of national security policy at any level. Not once. Larry King’s bookers invited him on, knowing exactly what he’d say, and giving him a platform to spew blatant falsehoods. The host didn’t fact-check the guest, and casual viewers tuning in would have been misled.


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