Monday, 07 July 2008

Gingrich Issues Curious Comments About Terror Attacks

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Newt GingrichOn tour promoting Days of Infamy, a new novel about World War II he coauthored with history professor William Forstchen, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich responded during a Q&A session at a New York bookstore with an unusual, even provocative, perspective about why the United States hasn’t been hit with more terrorist attacks. “I honestly don’t know,” he told a questioner, “I would have expected another attack.” Not leaving it at that, the ever-loquacious ex-congressman, who once taught history himself, called the absence of additional terrorism “one of the great tragedies of the Bush administration.”

Continuing, he stated, “The more successful they’ve been at intercepting and stopping bad guys, the less proof there is that we’re in danger.” Suggesting that the American public may have been lulled into a false sense of security because no more terrorism has occurred, he concluded, “And it’s almost like they [the administration] should every once in a while have allowed an attack to get through just to remind us.”

Not content with such a controversial attitude, the Georgia native then recommended dividing the FBI into two separate units. One would operate against the customary domestic crime and would honor American civil liberties, he proposed, but the other would be a “small but very aggressive anti-terrorism agency with extraordinary ability to eavesdrop.” He ended his response to his questioner by expressing fear of some “kind of attack that would lead us to favor a dictatorship for security.”

In GOP nominee John McCain’s search for a running mate, the name of Newt Gingrich will likely be considered. Perhaps his suggestion that it would be good for the nation to endure a reminder terrorist attack will disqualify the ex-Speaker for consideration.