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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

One Slip In Security and We Empty Our Nuke Inventory

Keeping with TCS Daily, Arnold Kling discusses the "popular mood" regarding terrorists and how it deviates from the elitist views. He cites the recent mutiny of the British travelers when they refused to board the plane until the Arabs were removed.

Kling says that the bromides against profiling espoused by the elites are not persuasive anymore. Even what is "victory" is not aligned with the populist notion of the term. he writes:

A populist definition of victory would mean that governments that fund terror groups or use them as instruments of their foreign policy are brought down. A populist definition of victory might mean that Muslim clerics who urge young men to join the jihad are given the opportunity to experience the ecstasy of martyrdom themselves.

Elitists see we need to live with the terror and additional hardships of travel etc. He also makes the following observation:

President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert are both guilty of exaggerating the success of military operations.

Excess partisanship in a time of war is very frustrating to the public. How can it be that essentially all Republican officials agree with the Bush Administration policies and procedures for monitoring phone conversations and essentially all Democrats disagree? Would a Democratic President really be following policies that are very different?


My answer to the final question is "No". And that is unacceptable.

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