Bush turns up the fear factor:
From his speech
at the Coast Guard Academy:
Hear the words of Osama bin Laden?
- "In the minds of al-Qaida leaders, 9/11 was just a down payment on violence yet to come."
- "Here in America, we are living in the eye of a storm. All around us, dangerous winds are swirling and these winds could reach our shores at any moment."
- "Among the potential targets our intelligence community believes [an] al Qaeda operative discussed with KSM were water reservoirs, the New York Stock Exchange, and United States military academies such as this one."
- "Hear the words of Osama bin Laden: He calls the struggle in Iraq a `war of destiny. He proclaimed `The war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever.'"
In late September 2001 (when the attackers were identified) could anybody expect that Bush would be quoting an uncaptured
bin Laden five years later
to rally support for his policies?
Isn't it time for another Terror Alert?
It's always risky to predict things, but Bush's rhetoric is getting so bizarre, it makes you wonder if it won't turn on him in a big way in the near future. How can Bush get all worked up with bin Laden when he's on record
saying he didn't give a rat's ass about the guy:
"I am truly not that concerned about him." 3/13/2002