I’m hearted to see more articles pointing out the Emporer’s new clothes in relation to Bush’s campaign strategies, and I’m hoping that more mainstream press than even salon will make a point of reminding us that Bush has been most successful at making us all fear the consequences of not going along with his plans, as opposed to actually doing anything positive in reducing the threat of terrorism, but I particularly enjoyed this little bit today:
Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA analyst and deputy director of the State Department’s Office of Counterterrorism, is more blunt: “I call the color-coded system the ‘terrorism mood ring,'” he says. “Security isn’t green, yellow and purple. This is a public relations ploy, run by people who are making decisions on security who don’t really know what they’re doing. They make statements that aren’t backed up by any real data or empirical evidence. It’s faith-based security.”
I think he’s right on the mark. And it comes a little close to bringing up the questions that have been dogging me for the last few years about how much of Bush’s answer to fanatical Islamic jihad is a good old-fashioned Christian crusade.