I first suggested that AIG’s masters of the universe had strapped themselves in semtex-lined vests in this post. I then noted that they had issued further threats on the pages of the WaPo.

Apparently, Obama has noticed the semtex-lined vests, too.

But today, President Obama took that rhetoric in a different direction. He actually upped the ante explaining that AIG is like a suicide bomber.

“We had to step in, it was the right thing to do, even though it is infuriating,” Obama said, explaining why the government needed to bail out the troubled banks.

“The same is true with AIG,” he said. “It was the right thing to do to step in. Here’s the problem. It’s almost like they’ve got — they’ve got a bomb strapped to them and they’ve got their hand on the trigger. You don’t want them to blow up. But you’ve got to kind of talk them, ease that finger off the trigger.”

Thing is, I’m not really sure we’re making any progress at talking them out of their terrorist attack, and I’m not convinced the terrorists have full control over whether or not their vests go off. 



Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel is an American journalist whose reporting specializes in security and civil liberties.