Friday, August 11, 2006

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (8-11)

Your turn. Open thread Friday. Comment section is open. What's on your mind?


Blogger Marty said...

Clubbing baby seals with other baby seals.

August 11, 2006 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Cohen wrote a letter to the Star Tribune in response to this editorial:

Good police work foiled terror threat
Bush talks about "war," but it's more of a police action.

Experts characterize the terrorist threat foiled early Thursday in London as the "most serious" since Sept. 11, 2001. This was the real deal, about which details will become available as the investigation continues.
Candidate George W. Bush loved to lampoon the Clinton administration's emphasis on law enforcement and the legal system as tools against terrorism. They were too wimpy for him; a good, strong military action against a terror-sponsoring state was more his kind of action. And so military action we got. In Afghanistan it was essential, but in Iraq it was not. There it has increased manyfold the number of terrorists targeting the United States and worldwide animosity toward it.

Meanwhile, patient, meticulous police work in Britain and elsewhere identified and monitored this plot by a smallish, nonstate group of criminal terrorists until the need to take them down became urgent.

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Dan's letter:

Time magazine reports as follows: "Exclusive: U.S. picked up the suspects' chatter and shared it with British authorities..."
While readers of this page are well aware of your eagerness to avoid giving any credit whatsoever to the Bush administration for anything that goes right in the war against terror, sometimes it pays to wait a day or two before sticking it to the Bushies. Hence, your piece on the latest terrorist plot , which failed to mention the role that we played in foiling it, (oh, pardon me, you do state that it involved good police work in Britain and "elsewhere") paints a false picture of how the incident was uncovered, and calls into question the credibility of your editorial opinions.

Dan Cohen
Minneapolis, MN
Country: Elsewhere
Occupation: none

August 14, 2006 5:42 PM  

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