Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter to GOP: ‘Aren’t you helping the terrorists?’

Jonathan Alter on Countdown, moments ago:

I think they’re [Republicans] in a place now where they just want to hurt Obama. What they don’t get – and I wish they would look into their souls a little bit – if they convey, over and over again, that the President of the United States is weak, what does that do? It emboldens the terrorists. And I don’t say that lightly. Think of terrorists overseas, or at home, that might be plotting an attack – if they think that the President is weak, which he is not, he is manifestly not. He’s killed twice as many of them, not to put too fine a point on it, with Predators as his predecessor did. He is not weak. But if they continue to convey that he is weak, that gives serious help to the terrorists.

I think the pressure should now be on these Republicans, aren’t you helping the terrorists, by insisting, against all evidence – remember we have 100% conviction rate of terrorists in civilian courts in this country. 100%. It’s not like any of them are out walking the streets, as we’re told. The only detainees from Guantanamo who have been released and who have returned to terrorism in their home countries were released under President Bush. So far there has not been one case of that happening under President Obama. So, this line is a bunch of hooey, and they have to stop saying it, and the onus now has to be on them for why they’re not harming us by continuing to do so.

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