The Bush administration released another intelligence report today telling us that we should be terrified of another al-Queda attack on American soil. They are obviously trying to revive the fears that Americans had after the attacks of 9/11.
They want us to believe that Osama and his cohorts are once again growing stronger and targeting our country. But if you read a little deeper into the intelligence report, you'll see that it admits that no specific threat has been uncovered and there is no evidence of terrorist infiltration into the United States.
Personally, I'm more than a bit tired of Bush and his Republican cronies crying "wolf", but I understand why they're doing it. They're in a lot of trouble and they know it. The American people are mad. They're mad because the Republicans got us into a war for no good reason.
The people are overwhelmingly against the futile quagmire of the Iraq war. They understand that American soldiers are dying every day in that useless war, and absolutely nothing is being accomplished. The people are ready to take their anger out on Republicans in the coming election.
The Republicans are running scared. Even Republican districts that once were considered safe are now coming into play, and may actually be won by Democrats. Even the few Republicans that are trying to distance themselves from Bush are not doing themselves much good. They're still not willing to withdraw our troops from Iraq, and that is what the American people want.
This leaves the Republicans with only one tactic -- the scare tactic. They hope to scare the American public into voting for them. They want to once again portray themselves as brave warriors against the terrible terrorist menace. They hope that if they yell "9/11" loud enough and often enough they can be re-elected.
But I don't think the scare tactic will work this time. Americans are beginning to see through it, and they're beginning to ask some questions. If Republicans are such great protectors against terrorism then-
Why hasn't Osama been caught and brought to justice?
Why are al-Queda and the Taliban growing stronger?
Why did they make such a bloody mess of the invasion and occupation of Iraq?
What has the "war on terrorism" accomplished?
The Republicans can't answer these questions. That's why they are running scared. That's why they are going to lose big in 2008.