POLITICS AS USUAL….So Barack Obama tells Jake Tapper that we can fight terrorists and follow the constitution at the same time (“for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial”), and we get the standard talking point reaction from the McCain team. You know the drill: naive, September 10th mindset, etc. etc. All the usual dumb little campaign comments.
But wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a real conversation about this? We could compare, say, the amount of terrorism we’ve stopped via police work, intelligence, international cooperation, financial interdiction, and so forth, and compare it to the amount of terrorism created by our military intervention in Iraq. And then we could talk about how the real September 10th mindset is the one that says it doesn’t matter what other people think of us because, you know, we’ve got the biggest military in the world and we can squash ’em all like bugs anyway.
I say: bring ’em on. Let’s talk about who’s naive vs. who’s learned some lessons from 9/11. The sooner the better.