Finally, Bad News That Even Bush Can't Spin
By Margaret Carlson
July 19 (Bloomberg) -- If I were running for U.S. president, in every debate I'd crib a question from the Ronald Reagan playbook: Are you safer today than you were six years ago?
About 80 percent of Republicans would answer yes. But this week, the nation heard otherwise and from a source that might make even President George W. Bush's base sit up and take notice.
It didn't come from those "defeatist" Democrats living in their "pre-9/11 world." This time, it was Bush's own administration undercutting what has long been his most politically potent rationale for waging war in Iraq -- that we have to fight al-Qaeda over there to keep from having to fight them here; that we've put the "enemy on the run" and "decimated their leadership."
Not so fast. The latest National Intelligence Estimate concludes that al-Qaeda and its leader have only grown stronger since the inception of Bush's war.
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Some people just don't get it. The Right accuses the Left of not wanting to "fight terrorism" when, more accurately put, the Left would like to fight terrorism more effectively than its being fought now. It's a cheap tactic and just another example of a delusional belief in things that simply aren't true.