I posted on this in the other “terror alert” thread. It seems to me that unless there is some basis to think that AlQaida is going to blow up the New York Stock Exchange within the next 36 hours (in which case telling people to go to work as if there was nothing wrong seems more than a little imprudent) the public announcement seems like telling Nazi Germany that the Allies had broken the Enigma code in the middle of the Battle of the Atlantic.
Beyond that, doesn’t it look as if the announcement is an admission of impotence – that we can’t do anything about a terror plot except block traffic and search purses? How can we regard ourselves as safer because of the efforts of the present Administration when the Administrations response to the possibility of a plot is to double the guard and raise the draw bridge rather than to go get the guys who are hatching and carrying out the plot?
This thing continues to make no sense except as a political ploy to keep up the scare. We have more dead in Iraq and a steady if not increasing level of disorder in that God forsaken country. The effort in Pakistan and Afghanistan has been to the greatest extent surrendered to local authorities of questionable competence and zeal, consumer spending is down, oil prices have reached a new high. What does the Reelection campaign have left except harping about sodomy and abortion, bad mouthing Mrs. Kerry and trying to keep us in a state of generalized terror?
It is begining to look as if the suspitions of not a few people, myself included, that the Administration is screaming 'Wolf" will shortly be confirmed.