Frank Gaffney and Heather Robinson Discuss Attempted NYC Car Bomb and Baghdad Recount

Yesterday I appeared on Securefreedom radio, the Center for Security Policy’s radio show, discussing the attempted Times Square terror bombing and the Baghdad recount. Frank Gaffney, the show’s host, engaged me in some interesting back and forth about NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s off-the-cuff speculation regarding the likely identity and motivation of the would-be car bomber. To my on-air comments I would add that clearly our Mayor is a brilliant manager and businessman, but perhaps he should leave the counter-terrorism analysis to others. You can listen to the show here.

On the subject of the Baghdad recount, I quoted Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi, who first warned about fraud in the Iraqi elections months ago, immediately following the elections. As usual, he was way out in front of this story and enabled me to be as well. Alusi, whose two sons lost their lives in the struggle to build a democratic Iraq and who remains a fearless champion of Iraqi democracy, tells me that so far, the recount seems legitimate. Because it will take ten more days to two weeks to complete, however, he warns that there is time for corrupt elements to “play games” and he wishes there were more supervision – especially by the U.S., which seems to have abdicated its responsibility to closely monitor the recount.

I hear, however, from Struan Stevenson, president of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq, that international teams and monitors are present and that “we will not tolerate fraud during the recount.”

More on the Baghdad recount to come.

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