Fareed Zakaria reminds us, "The purpose of terrorism is to provoke an overreaction." This weekend's continuing coverage of the failed underpants bombing saw several prominent conservatives sink to an unprecedented depth of hysteria and nonsense.
Today President Obama spoke at the National Archives where, surrounded by the documents that contain the principles that founded America, he confirmed the need for America to return to these principles and values by closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Six years ago President Bush launched the invasion of Iraq. Thankfully, we finally have a clear exit strategy that will redeploy all American forces out of Iraq by the end of 2011. Today, the National Security Network is releasing a comprehensive analysis of the legacy of the Iraq war and tomorrow we will be analyzing the changes that Barack Obama and progressives have managed to push through in the last year.
Today Congress begins consideration of the nomination of Leon Panetta to be the new head of the CIA – a man who knows as well as anyone how intelligence becomes policy and how intelligence resources are allocated, to join an Administration that has made explicit commitments to better-manage intelligence gathering and ensure that it is embedded within our constitutional values.
This evening President Bush will give a farewell address to the nation in which he will undoubtedly claim that thanks to his national security policies America has not been hit by a terrorist attack since 9/11. But while our law enforcement agencies and military work to protect Americans from attack, President Bush leaves behind a legacy of failure. The Bush Administration has succeeded in overinflating the terrorist threat at home and utterly discrediting it abroad.