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.

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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?