The right would be howling for Obama's head if the two attacks in Canada this week had taken place here, and not just for the general reason that the right is always howling for Obama's head.
This is the reason:
Federal sources have identified the suspected [Parliament] shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a man in his early 30s who was known to Canadian authorities.More:
Sources told The Globe and Mail that he was recently designated a "high-risk traveller" by the Canadian government and was unable to secure the appropriate travel documentation, thus blocking his attempt to travel abroad. The circumstances are similar to that surrounding the case of Martin Rouleau-Couture, the Quebecker who was shot Monday after running down two Canadian Forces soldiers with his car.
... on Oct. 8, Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that they were investigating 63 national security cases linked to terrorism and involving 90 individuals -- that was the day after the Canadian parliament voted to join anti-ISIS air strikes in Iraq.That's why there'd be calls for Obama's impeachment if this happened here: because the authorities had both assailants on a watch list, and the two were still able to carry out attacks.
The attack in the capital on Wednesday is the second of its kind since that vote.
The authorities (as Rachel Maddow explained last night) were already on alert for the possibility of what an NBC report said were possible "knife and gun" attacks, specifically on soldiers, whose faces the government didn't want photographed by the media. In spite of this, the government was unable to prevent a car-ramming attack on two soldiers (by a man who was later reportedly seen holding a knife after a high-speed chase), and then didn't prevent a gun attack on a soldier yesterday, followed by a shooting attack on Parliament.
The perpetrators had been monitored, but they were able to kill anyway. Can you imagine the response from the right in America if that had happened here?
By contrast, this is at Fox Nation right now:
But Harper's a conservative, of course, so letting two assassins of soldiers slip through a dragnet in one week is totally cool.
UPDATE: News Hounds notes that Sean Hannity is using Harper as a stick to beat Obama with because Harper has used the magic "t" word:
But to Sean Hannity, the fact that Canada had nonetheless not stopped the shooter before he killed was of no significance next to the fact that Harper used the word "terror." And Hannity was ready to use that against President Obama who is more circumspect with that terminology....If there's an attack like these attacks on U.S. soil, and President Obama immediately defines them as terrorist attacks, you think Hannity will praise him?
Compare and contrast for us if you can, the Canadian prime minister -- no hesitation, immediately identified this as likely terror and our own president once again is reluctant and resistant. Why?