Fear-Based Governance

Listening to Bush/Cheney ramp up the Al Qaeda’s-gonna-git-you malarkey every time they need a political boost has become so business-per-ususal that one is tempted to just shrug it off. But watching just two minutes of Fran Townsend, the White House homeland security adviser, recite the ever-more frightening talking points on Iraq = Al Qaeda was an ugly kill-your-television moment.

In the end, what we understand is, putting pressure on the enemy, staying on offense in the away game helps us prevent attacks here at home, and it underscores the importance of the fight in Iraq. Clearly we know from bin Laden’s statements … that if we don’t keep pressure on them, their intention is to use it as a safe haven to plan attacks, not only inside Iraq, but outside Iraq and here in the homeland.

Clearly, we know no such thing. Clearly, quite the opposite is the case: our brutal offensive in the “away game” is only adding to the danger at home.

Was there a link before the war between Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist leader in Iraq? Ms. Townsend refused to answer. “This is ground long covered,” she snapped.

Indeed it is. The answer is, “No.” In fact, Mr. Bush’s bungled invasion spawned a new terrorist army and gave it a home base. Now, the report said, those terrorists are the only ones affiliated with Al Qaeda that are “known to have expressed a desire to attack the” United States.

Clearly, we have nothing to fear but Bush-Cheney itself….

Michael Sky