Tidbits for Political Junkies with Short Attention Spans & Hearty Appetites


Saturday, June 19, 2004


Another one for your reading list...

From the Guardian:
Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, due out next month, dismisses two of the most frequent boasts of the Bush administration: that Bin Laden and al-Qaida are "on the run" and that the Iraq invasion has made America safer.


Imperial Hubris is the latest in a relentless stream of books attacking the administration in election year. Most of the earlier ones, however, were written by embittered former officials. This one is unprecedented in being the work of a serving official with nearly 20 years experience in counter-terrorism who is still part of the intelligence establishment.


Anonymous, who published an analysis of al-Qaida last year called Through Our Enemies' Eyes, thinks it quite possible that another devastating strike against the US could come during the election campaign, not with the intention of changing the administration, as was the case in the Madrid bombing, but of keeping the same one in place.

The Bush Administration will likely respond by: (a) leaking the identity of the anonymous author; (b) issuing a series of vigorous but unsupported assertions in denial of its claims; or (c) all of the above.

If for some reason they are unable to identify the anonymous author, this will simply be treated as an opportunity for even wider-than-usual creative latitude for their customary barrage of ad hominen attacks.

Just watch...


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