Terrorism and opportunism

Kevin Drum on taking terrorism seriously: “The American public can hardly be expected to take terrorism seriously if it’s obvious that the Bush administration itself views al-Qaeda as primarily a political opportunity rather than a real problem. Sooner or later, we’re going to pay the price for this feckless and irresponsible approach.”

I think America’s paying it already.


See Dahlia Lithwick’s piece on Jose Padilla at Slate. On the Padilla case, also see Intel Dump, The Liberal Avenger, and The Mahablog.

Laura Rozen at War and Piece: “It is kind of staggering to realize the extent to which we may have been sold a fiction the past four years. Orwellian. All the more staggering because it’s propaganda in the service of exaggerating a threat that needs no exaggeration.”

There’s the Bush Administration for you. Now what was that about Cheney again?