Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Terrorist is Dead, But Will He Still Win Thanks to the Republi-CONs?

UPDATE III: "Ten years after the terrorist attacks downriver made security checks commonplace, a tea party of sorts is brewing on the Hudson, as boaters and marine businesses complain bitterly about being stopped too often and questioned too closely by officers wearing flak jackets and holstered pistols — many of them on the lookout for terrorists." Read The New York Times, Security Checks on Boaters Disrupt Idyllic Life on the Hudson, which reports on the experience of one boater who said "One time I got stopped four times in one day. It feels like every agency and municipality on the Hudson has a boat, and they’re all out there trying to justify themselves by finding someone doing something wrong. It’s just gotten out of control."

UPDATE II: "Bin Laden really did a number on all of us. . . the Arab states, America and Israel — all of whom have deeper holes than ever to dig out of thanks to the Bin Laden decade, 2001 to 2011, and all of whom have less political authority than ever to make the hard decisions needed to get out of the holes." Read The New York Times, The Bin Laden Decade

UPDATE: Republi-cons continue the big lie theory regarding the usefulness of torture, but don't believe it. Read the Washington Post, John McCain to Bush apologists: Stop lying about Bin Laden and torture.

OBL "had a strategy that we never bothered to understand, and thus that we never bothered to defend against. What he really wanted to do — and, more to the point, what he thought he could do — was bankrupt the United States." Read the Washington Post, Bin Laden’s war against the U.S. economy.

And all because Republi-cons exaggerated the threat posed by OBL. Read the Washington Post, How we get risk wrong.