Remember all those news stories about how a secret report--still secret, I guess--said that we were now in as much danger of terrorist attack as we were prior to September 11? Well, that's not what the NIE says. It says the opposite, in a paragraph that I have yet to see quoted in a newspaper:We assess that greatly increased worldwide counterterrorism efforts over the past five years have constrained the ability of al-Qa’ida to attack the US Homeland again and have led terrorist groups to perceive the Homeland as a harder target to strike than on 9/11. These measures have helped disrupt known plots against the United States since 9/11.
This is a perfect example of what I hate most about the MSM and the left. As John shows, they deliberately picked ONLY the paragraphs in the report that would support their belief that Bush's actions have created more terrorists and put the US in more danger from them (this is, of course, when they are NOT arguing that there is no threat at all from terrorists and that the US is not in any danger from them).
You simply cannot trust MSM to present any kind of balance, fairness, or perspective. They have an agenda and the news they present to the American public must be carefully shaped to fit that agenda. I have discussed their postmodern, anti-American, socialist agenda many times on this blog.
Thus, I can only suggest that you take the time to read the current NIE yourself here and come to your own conclusions about what it actually says.
In my mind, the single most frightening reality that threatens our freedoms in this country is the virtual stranglehold the political left has on the dissemination of information in this country. It is the "root cause" if you will, of much of the nonsense, the faux scandals, and the ridiculous polls that we are bombarded with on a daily basis. While exhibiting a certain "selectivity" when it comes to what is reported and how, has always been a hallmark of a free press, this tendency to follow an ideological template has always been compensated for by the sheer variety and "diversity" of templates in the past. Never before has there been such a dedicated and persistent effort to ensure that only one template is used; and this is done under the cover of words like "fairness" and "truth".
But there is nothing "fair" about silencing dissent and debate which threatens your ideological agenda; and there is nothing "true" about presenting opinion as facts; or distorting reality by selectively focusing on one aspect of it and excluding anything that threatens your ideological fantasies.
The left and its cadre of neo-marxist fascists harbor the sublime fantasy of imposing their ideological agenda on everyone "for their own good". Make no mistake about it, for all their talk about the Bush Administration's imminent implementation of a theocratic, fascist state; they are the ones who represent the greatest threat to freedom in our society. Psychiatrists refer to the specific tactic of psychological denial used to deflect a hidden agenda by imputing one's own psychological motives to others, as "projection".
While they nibble away at freedom from within, the terrorists--who they insist are not a real threat-- carefully plot to destroy it from without.
I make no claim that the political right is always and at all times on the side of truth, or reason, or reality. Clearly, they are not any more perfect than anyone else. Nevertheless, today they are a beacon of clarity and a pillar of common sense compared with the idiocies promulgated by political left day in and day out. The sinister side of the political spectrum have clearly abandoned common sense and rational thought altogether in their puruit of power. And, along the path to their utopian paradise, they have also lost any sense of proportion, fairness and decency they once might have laid claim to.