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Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Temporal Politics

By Steven Taylor @ 5:50 pm

I think what annoys me the most about this kind of headline: Ridge Defends ‘Three-Year-Old’ U.S. Terror Alert is that it sounds like Ridge had the info on the five buildings in question for three years and just now decided to pull it out and use it.

1) It is new to the administration, having just gotten it quite recently.

2) I ask again: what’s the expiration date for terrorist plans?

3) What kind of response would there be if the Bush administration decided that this was “old” information, did nothing, and then one of these building was attacked?

And Mr. Dean needs his meds:

But former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean accused Bush of releasing the information now to dampen the rise in opinion polls, or “bounce,” Kerry might have expected after his nominating convention in Boston last week.

“Isn’t it unusual they might choose two days after the Democratic National Convention when John Kerry was in the middle of his bounce,” Dean, who ran against Kerry for the presidential nomination, said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” The alert, he said, could have been issued weeks ago.

Given that the post-convention “bounce” is either anemic or in Bush’s favor, this theory is rather lacking-and the asbence of a bounce was known before the terror alert announcement.

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  1. I noted in one of the British papers (Guardian Unlimited?) the assumption that the American press was so skeptical about the information leading to the alert because they had just finished apologizing for reporting WMD in Iraq?

    A healthy skepticism is desireable from a news medium, but it has its place. We are at war, and the press is questioning warnings about possible enemy attacks.

    I don’t want to push the traditional war analogy too far, but in this case, the Times is acting contrary to our national security.

    Comment by Mark Kilmer — Tuesday, August 3, 2004 @ 6:29 pm

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