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July 12, 2004

Operation Covered Backside

Anxious? Good. Scared? Even better.

The Bush administration seems intent on keeping the nation on full boogeyman alert for the foreseeable future. Periodically a senior official is dispatched to fidget about terrorism, offering no details about the threat, advice on how to behave or scant reassurance. In May it was Attorney General John Ashcroft. This month it was Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's turn to stir the pot.

After all the evidence the administration was not thinking about terrorism before Sept. 11, the new standard might be code named Operation Covered Backside. Issue random warnings so if something does happen, God forbid, everyone can say they were onto it, however unsuccessfully. The latest jab at the nation's psyche is to hint at contingency plans to delay the November elections.

Oh, and go about your business with a yellow alert throbbing in the background. None of us may be any safer, but the White House is covered.

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Posted by Lance Dickie at July 12, 2004 03:42 PM



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