bartleby the scrivener | So the DFH "Lie-berals" were right all along, were we? In fact, the Bush administration did use fear of terrorism to terrorize our gullible public into believing we needed Bush to keep us safe.
But that ain't all.
“There was absolutely no support for that position within our department. None,” he writes. “I wondered, ‘Is this about security or politics?’ Post-election analysis demonstrated a significant increase in the president’s approval rating in the days after the raising of the threat level.”
And that ain't all.
"I believe our strong interventions had pulled the 'go-up' advocates back from the brink," Ridge writes. "But I consider the episode to be not only a dramatic moment in Washington's recent history, but another illustration of the intersection of politics, fear, credibility and security."
"After that episode, I knew I had to follow through with my plans to leave the federal government for the private sector," Ridge, who resigned soon after the election where Bush defeated Democrat John F. Kerry, writes in "The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege ... And How We Can Be Safe Again." (Boston Globe)
So the critics of our useless corporatist press were right, were they? Juan Cole:
It isn't enough that the corporate media lied to us for Bush for 8 years, they are continuing to do it.
Jill at Brilliant at Breakfast notes that progressive bloggers who called out the administration deserve an apology that will never come.
But never mind! Here comes Marc Ambinder to divide the baby in half and to explain why progressives were wrong even when we right.
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