Open thread for night owls: ‘Thank God the President was playing golf’ during false missile alert

Open thread for night owls: ‘Thank God the President was playing golf’ during false missile alert

The CommonDreams staff writes—OOOOPS! ‘Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound to Hawaii…This is Not a Drill’:

Full-blown panic, chaos and rage are being reported after all Hawaiians received emergency alerts on their cell phones, televisions and radios Saturday morning warning that a ballistic missile attack was imminent.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that it was a false alarm.

President Trump was golfing at his Trump National Golf Club in Florida near his Mar-a-Lago estate when the alert was sent.

Congresswoman Gabbard told MSNBC: “Our leaders have failed us. Donald Trump is taking too long. He’s not taking this threat seriously … This is literally life and death that is at stake.”

“The people of Hawaii just got a taste of the stark reality of what we face here of a potential nuclear strike on Hawaii,” Gabbard said during a phone interview on CNN minutes after the alert was broadcast across the islands. “This is a real threat facing Hawaii,” she said.

There was no follow-up text saying it was a false alarm until 38 minutes after the original alert.

Hawaiian Governor David Ige told CNN that someone had “pressed the wrong button” during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Patrick Granfield, a former strategic communications director at the Pentagon under President Obama tweeted “thank God the President was playing golf.” Granfield posted the tweet after Hawaii officials declared the emergency alert was a false alarm.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

On this date at Daily Kos in 2010—Palin’s defense: I’m a moron:

One of the many claims in Halperin and Heileman’s new book Game Change is that during a briefing session, Sarah Palin said several times that Iraq and Saddam Hussein were behind the 9/11 attacks. Although this particularly story is new, we’ve already known for quite some time that Palin believed Iraq was behind 9/11.

As you’ll see in this video, even though Palin now denies ever having made the connection, she made at on at least two occasions during the 2008 campaign, first on September 11 when she said Iraq was home to “the enemies who planned and carried out” 9/11 and again on September 25 when, standing at Ground Zero, she said we were fighting in Iraq “to not let them attempt again what they accomplished here, and that was some destruction, terrible destruction on that day”.

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