The 'No Attacks Mythology'

On Morning Joe the big topic is terrorism and how we “haven’t been attacked since 9/11.” This is a bogus argument, and I wrote a whole chapter about it in my forthcoming book.

1) We weren’t attacked for eight years between the first WTC bombing and 9/11 — without invading and occupying Iraq; without torture; without suspending habeas; and all the rest of it. And we ended the Clinton years with a budget surplus.

2) We HAVE been attacked both on American soil and off. The anthrax attacks and DC Snipers are considered Islamic terror attacks (do the Americans who were killed in these attacks not count?). Elsewhere, there have been tens of thousands of attacks against Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan alone.

The Bush administration is as incompetent with the war on terror as it has been with everything else.

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