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Friday, December 22, 2006

Bush's pre-911 minset is so pre-911, it's 1943

Bush isn't just pre-911. He's sixty years pre-911.

Bush should have understood global terrorism before we were attacked by bin Laden but it is inexcusable that five years after he still clearly doesn't get-it.

Consider his two often-used slogans:

* We fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here.
* Iraq is the front line in the war on terror.

Neither of these statements make a lick of sense in a "post 911 world".

"We fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here."

With global terrorism, how could this even work? It's global for pete's sake!

1) How could raiding houses in Fallujah stop a terrorist cell in Chicago?
2) How could shooting an Iraqi insurgent in Baghdad prevent an Indian radical from hijacked a Delhi to New York flight? This makes no sense.

"Iraq is the front line in the war on terror."

There are no "fronts" in global terrorism. There are ideological centers like Saudi Arabia, London, Palestine and Iran and there are places they attack us but there are no "fronts."

If you're not paying attention, perhaps Iraq seems like a front but that's only because Bush gave them a close-up bead on Americans there. It would have been the same in any Muslim country we might have invaded.

In a "post 911 world" we need a president who understands global terrorism. Clearly Bush is not that guy.

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