Thursday, July 13, 2006


Old News

Joshua Micah Marshall has written a Web Exclusive column for Time magazine, detailing how terror alerts and arrests of alleged terrorists correlate with Bush's and the GOP's political fortunes.

In these perilous days, we must be ready to think the unthinkable. No, I don't mean the possibility of a catastrophic terrorist attack. After 9/11, that's all too easy to imagine. No, I'm talking about a thought that even now seldom forces its way into respectable conversation: the quite reasonable suspicion that the Bush Administration orchestrates its terror alerts and arrests to goose the GOP's poll numbers.
It's not unthinkable at all. Julius Civitatus of JuliusBlog pointed it out two years ago, complete with a graph showing how news about terrorism coincides with changes in Bush's approval rating. If it's finally time for the MSM to call attention to that correlation, then it's time for Julius to get credit for pointing it out first.
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