Well, those days are over. The POTUS and GOP have had nothing to offer but fear for years now, and they are falling back on it in a big way.
By now you've probably heard that President Bush responded yesterday to press questions on Iraq by telling the reporters their children are in danger from Al Qaeda. First it was David Gregory from NBC and then it was the New York Times' Jim Rutenberg.
Dana Mibank writing in today's WaPo weighs in,
This last warning was perplexing, because Rutenberg has no children, only a brown chow chow named Little Bear. It was unclear whether Bush was referring to a specific and credible threat to Little Bear or merely indicating there was increased "chatter in the system" about chow chows in general.Everyone understands that the "if we don't fight them there, we will be fighting them here" thing is dumb beyond word, right?
The US military in Iraq is not fighting to prevent people from leaving Iraq. In fact, people are leaving Iraq in droves everyday as soon as they get the money to leave. Homeland Security and several other agencies, on the other hand, are working constantly to keep terrorist from entering the US, but this HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH OUR MILITARY IN IRAQ!
Al Qaeda is not going to swim across the ocean to invade the East coast and they don't have a navy,.....or an air force.....or missiles...or pilot-less drones! If you believe they do, or that they might, you are very, very dumb.