I generally think “terrorism” is an American issue and not a Republican or Democrat debate — politicians of both parties want to keep America safe. They may have different ideas on how to achieve this, but I fundamentally take issue with anyone saying one party is “tough” and the other is “weak”. It’s just political grandstanding — something Pete Hoekstra has built his career on, and is now trying to parley into duping Michigan residents that he’s qualified to become the state’s Chief Executive.
Within a few hours of White House Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan’s appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this morning, Hoekstra issued a statement criticizing President Obama for his “failures” in response to the terrorist attack at Fort Hood and after the attempted attack on the plane headed for Detroit.
What exactly does Hoekstra hope to achieve with his questioning the Obama Administration’s toughness on terrorrism? Does he think this is an effective way to communicate and make the situation better? I, for one, do not. I think he’s simply attempting to generate personal gain from a crisis, just as he tried to raise money in December after the failed plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane.
Furthermore, Hoekstra’s message, as well as his tone, do not help strengthen any argument that he’s the right guy to jump-start Michigan’s economy and help create jobs for the state. His-sharped tongued comments against Obama and officials at the CIA, FBI and Department of Homeland Security make him part of the problem, not part of any positive solution.
Ultimately, I question Congressman Hoekstra’s motives.
I question Congressman Hoekstra’s judgment.
And I question Congressman Hoekstra’s ability to take the State of Michigan in the direction it needs to go.
I hope you do, too!