(This is a repost from last Saturday.
Atrios gets it right. To defeat Bush on the issue of national defense, the issue must be reframed. No more talk about Bush's "strong leadership" post-9-11. There was none.
- Bush took power
- Bush ignored the threat of terrorism
- 9-11 occured
- Bush was indecisive in that kindergarten class
- Bush then hid out in Nebraska while his staff invented a "threat" to Air Force One to justify his absence
- Bush went to war against Afghanistan (so far okay)
- But instead of finishing the job, he let Bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and lots of Taliban and Al Qaeda to escape
- Why did they get away? Because they diverted intelligence and military assets to fight a non-threat in Iraq
- And how do we know Iraq was a non-threat? Because they invented evidence to justify the war and lied to Congress and the American people
- They botched the occupation of Iraq, and close to 700 allied and countless Iraqis have paid the ultimate price, and more continue to do so
- They botched the occupation of Afghanistan, as the US-backed government controls nothing more than Kabul, and the rest of the country is a haven for terrorists, religious fanatics, opium producers, and regional warlords
- And now, over two years after 9-11, the administration is finally training all of our intelligence and military resources toward capturing Osama Bin Laden
I wouldn't call that a successful run.