Be afraid! Be very afraid!
Dissident Noam Chomsky put it nicely at the time. "It is a frightened country and it is easy to conjure up an imminent threat."
Well, it now appears Bush was right all along. We should have been afraid. Al-Qaeda is more powerful now than when it attacked us in 2001. And this begs one very important question - why the hell has Bush been so focused on Iraq when all the evidence shows bin Laden and his minions are based in northwestern Pakistan?
Philly Inquirer columnist Dick Polman tells us that if we Democrats were not such wimps, we could play that fear card ourselves. He proposes running ads like this:
Grainy slow-motion footage of Osama bin Laden and activity at his training camps. Cue ominous music.
"Six years after Sept. 11, this man still roams free - thanks to George W. Bush and his Republican allies. They promised they would be tough. They promised to protect us here at home. But instead they took their eye off the ball, spending $2 billion a week in a futile war half a world away from our real enemy, imperiling our brave servicemen and women, and emboldening those who would come here to kill us. America can no longer afford the party of weakness. Vote Democratic, as if your life depended on it."
Pretty scary, huh?
Know what's even more scary? This is no spin. It's all too true.