Glenn Greenwald writing at Salon (click through the ad…) Politicizing the terrorist plot,
Roughly 12 hours have elapsed since it was disclosed that the British police thwarted an attempt to blow up transcontinental airplanes. Few facts are known about how the plot was uncovered and exactly who was behind it. Nonetheless, supporters of President Bush have wasted no time attempting to exploit this event to make what they evidently perceive are powerful political points in defense of the president and his most controversial policies.
Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds excitedly points to this terrorist plot and then claims that “some people” — he does not, of course, say who these “some people” are — “have decided that the war on terror is passe. But although you may not be interested in terrorism, terrorism is still interested in you.” Michael Ledeen in National Review attempts to use this incident to argue that we should confront Iran: “But here was a secret plot we found out about, and we acted. Iran announces its intentions openly, however we don’t act.”
Much more, go read and to click through links.
Update – AmericaBlog has a French press story about White House officials overjoyed that this is happening.
Yes, overjoyed over a story about people wanting to commit mass-murder. THAT is who runs our country.
Snow said Bush first learned in detail about the plot on Friday, and received two detailed briefings on it on Saturday and Sunday, as well as had two conversations about it with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
But a senior White House official said that the British government had not launched its raid until well after Cheney held a highly unusual conference call with reporters to attack the Democrats as weak against terrorism….
… But Bush’s Republicans hoped the raid would yield political gains…
“Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big,” said another White House official, who also spoke on condition of not being named, adding that some Democratic candidates won’t “look as appealing” under the circumstances.