REALITY CHECK….A quick note to all my Bush-hating homies out there: it’s quite possible that (a) al-Qaeda really is planning an attack in the United States sometime soon and (b) that the Bush administration has cynically hyped this to the skies for the basest political reasons.

Both of these things might be true. My guess is that both are true.

So: feel free to beat up on the Bushies for their casual and unserious use of intelligence as little more than a partisan political club. I certainly do. On the other hand, don’t assume that just because the Bushies are irresponsible there isn’t any actual threat. There probably is. OK?

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