Organizing the hijacking of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon took significant sums of money. The cost of these plots suggests that putting Osama bin Laden and other international terrorists out of business will require more than diplomatic coalitions and military action. Washington and its allies must also disable the financial networks used by terrorists.
The Bush administration is preparing new laws to help track terrorists through their money-laundering activity and is readying an executive order freezing the assets of known terrorists. Much more is needed, including stricter regulations, the recruitment of specialized investigators and greater cooperation with foreign banking authorities. There must also must be closer coordination among America’s law enforcement, national security and financial regulatory agencies.
Guess where that aftermath-of-9/11 op-ed came from. Go on, I dare you. Just guess.
“Must disable the financial networks used by terrorists.” But somehow they fail to mention that as soon as it looks like it’s, y’know, working, they themselves are going to burn the whole program down – can’t have Shrubco getting too much credit for any WoT successes, y’know. And the last line is priceless: “If America is going to wage a new kind of war against terrorism, it must act on all fronts, including the financial one.” Guess things looked a lot different to them when there were still fires burning and smoke rising no more than a couple of miles away, huh?
Jesus H. Christ on a crutch, what a bunch of ankle-biting liberal assholes. “Hypocritical” doesn’t even begin to cover it. I’d scarcely even be able to believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.
(Via Sweetness & Light)