WAR ON TERROR NEAR AN END!….Via Eric Muller, here is congressman Howard Coble on the Brad & Britt Show on Greensboro’s WZTK-FM. They’re talking about the NSA program and the general deterioration of civil liberties under the Bush administration, which Coble says he’s “not troubled by”:
Britt: But this is the difficult part, Congressman, is that we don’t know when this war is going to be over….So indeed, if we give up some of these liberties, are flexible about some of these liberties until the War on Terror is over, when are we going to know when the war’s over?
Coble: Well, I’m the eternal optimist, Britt, who always sees the glass half-filled, and I think this war will ultimately be over, and I don’t think it’s going to be an eternity, uh, it may not be tomorrow, but I hope it will certainly be within the next few months, to certainly no more than…well, I won’t put a timetable because I really don’t know. But once they can get a government together over there, given that you have four or five sects that don’t like each other, and who don’t like us, it’s going to be a difficult case to make, but I believe it can be done.
So does Coble, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, think the war on terror will be over in a few months? Or the war in Iraq? Or does he just think they’re the same thing?
And a followup question: is he willing to put money on either of those propositions? His own money, that is, not the federal government’s credit card.