Is McCaul re-importing possible terrorists into the U.S.?

Yep, that headline is misleading. And I’m mighty darn proud of it, now that I’ve finally learned a lesson from Fox News Network, which is that if you put an outrageous statement in the form of a question, you need not take any responsibility for it.

There have also been more than few outrageous statements thrown around lately by Congressman Mike McCaul and his team. So I’ve learned a lesson from McCaul too: when CNN debunks the claims you make in Plan A, move to Plan B. Which, incidentally, conflicts with Plan A.

Let’s back up.

Lately, McCaul has been agressively patting himself on the back, through news releases, broadcast news interviews, music, poetry, and interpretive dance, for “rescuing” two American children from an overseas school. Except that the children themselves say they didn’t need rescuing, and the children’s own father in Atlanta agrees, explaining that McCaul never contacted him to see if anybody needed rescuing.

Sunday night, CNN upped the ante. In a news story debunking virtually all of McCaul’s claims, it was discovered that McCaul’s own U.S. Department of State says there’s nothing wrong with the school these children were attending, and that there was no evidence that anybody was being held against their will. The documentary film maker, whose work McCaul has been propping himself up with, even told CNN that he’s going back to correct the inaccuracies in his own work. Turns out claims made both in the documentary and repeated by McCaul, that Bin Laden spoke at the school, are wrong. They got the wrong school. Following the CNN story, newspapers in the district are revisting the issue as well.

So yesterday McCaul’s crack team (and by that I mean “team on crack”) jumped into action, and sharpened their already-existing message implying that schools such as the one the two American kids were attending are training children to be terrorists.

Then, unbelievably, they said it’s not really about the kids anyway. Let me just paraphrase what they would now have us believe:

“you know those kids I’ve been bragging about for weeks that I rescued? The ones I saved? The ones I want you, the anything-believing public, to believe are so important that I flew halfway around the world to advocate for? Yeah, them. Well, now that those kids, their father, CNN, and the U.S. Department of State all say I’m wrong about them, let me just freshly share my new opinion that it’s not really about them anyway.”

Sheesh. McCaul must have whiplash from that abrupt about-face.

So, just to review: McCaul says American kids are being held against their will. McCaul implies they might be training the kids to be terrorists. McCaul then takes credit for getting the kids back into the United States. Thus the question in the headline, did McCaul re-import possible terrorists into the United States?

Yes, those are ridiculous conclusions, which follow from inaccurate claims. McCaul should stop making them.



3 Responses to Is McCaul re-importing possible terrorists into the U.S.?

  1. Don't Mess w/ Pink O'Reilly July 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    I don’t think that headline is out of bounds at all.

  2. Anonymous July 30, 2008 at 4:09 am #

    How can anyone with no expertise in counter-terrorism issues try and call out a Congressman whom has extensive knowledge in this field? During the July 4th holiday, as we spent time with our families my Congressman Michael McCaul spent his time with our troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan and even met with Pakistan’s President Musharraf to discuss military acces to tribal areas that have become a safe haven for terrorists. Congressman McCaul had the knowledge of the two American boys in a madrassa and raised the issue with President Musharraf, and days later the boys were sent back to America. Not only does the Department of Homeland Security call the madrassa where the boys were enrolled “radical”, but Pakistan law forbids enrollment of foreign students in madrassas. This leads to a bigger concern for the American people, and Congressman Michael McCaul who has good reason to believe that there are at least 80 and perhaps hundreds of Americans enrolled in madrassas. I am glad Congressman McCaul is taking action because the Taliban recruits from this and other madrassas and trains its recruits as terrorists…these American “recruits” have unfettered access to the U.S. and they pose a potential Homeland Security risk if they are trained as terrorists.

    Thank you for fighting for America Congressman McCaul…and we WILL take you back to Washington in November!

  3. FUBAR July 30, 2008 at 4:12 am #

    Welcome back to Letters From Texas, Congressman McCaul!

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