Do we need more lae enforcement to defeat terrorism or Superman clarke?

Wesley Pruden:

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"Only yesterday — no more than a fortnight ago — John Kerry and the Democratic acolytes in the dominant media were having a high old time making sport of the notion that terrorism is a grim threat to life as we have known it. Terrorists, if there really were any, could be dealt with as 'a law-enforcement problem.' Pretty soon the cops would relegate al Qaeda and the Ba'athists in Iraq, the train bombers in Madrid and Islamists everywhere else as merely fodder for another episode of 'Law & Order.' Carey Lowell, the dishiest of the succession of 'L&O' prosecutor babes, could have put Saddam Hussein in the jug all by herself. George W. was advised to please shut up about his terror-fighting credentials.

"But then along came Richard Clarke, who would have saved Western civ with very little muss and almost no fuss if only someone at the Bush White House had directed him to a telephone booth to change into his Superman duds. Overnight, with Mr. Clarke's smack on the president, the pundits and the correspondents discovered that those really were bad guys, and there were a lot of them and they were trying mightily to destroy us. That was George W. asleep at the wheel.

"A talent for recollection is not a characteristic of our present age, when the world is created anew with every fresh front page, so almost nobody remembers that on September 10 (in the way of a certain December 6), a president couldn't have led the nation into a war if evil men had sent an invitation engraved in American blood."

So if you are a Bush phobe you can take your choice of him being not tough enough or too tough. Most of the Bush phobes will fall into the too tough camp because they are pacifest at heart. But when you are phobic you are not going to reject any theory that attacks your bogeyman.

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