It's probably true, the bomb plot that was uncovered in Britain this morning. Terrorists were planning to bring down multiple commercial airplanes that would result in a tremendous loss of life. It reeks of al Qaeda and their wicked colleagues. Even now, we are told, there is not absolute certainty that all tentacles of this latest monster plot have been accounted for. U.S. security level has risen to red'"the highest alert level, while Britain's comparable "critical level" is in effect. Yes, it's probably true.
What is almost as chilling as this breaking story is to question its validity, even for a heartbeat. The truth is that I rolled my eyes when I read the headline, and thought, "Okay, here's the pre-election security scare we've all been expecting." Mighty cynical, Barbara. How did I get that way, I wonder? Is it a flaw in my makeup, or is it a product of living in this down-the-rabbit-hole world for the past five years?
As I read further and expanded to different sources about the plot, it became apparent that it's probably the real deal. There's that troubling word again. Can't seem to get beyond it.
Here's the thing. The Republicans have trumpeted incessantly that U.S. aggression (i.e., unprovoked attack of Iraq and creation of a Taliban cesspool in Afghanistan) has kept this country safe. That hardball "diplomacy" and hairy-chest-thumping promote security. That wholesale slaughter of Iraqi civilians is essential to our own safety. That trading the lives of U.S. military personnel for oil is in our best interest. We let Bush family revenge and Republican greed dictate U.S. policy. Our Congress is complicit.
Meanwhile, because we took our eye off the screwball to wage a phony war, Osama and his ilk continue to slither around the landscape plotting against the infidels. By all accounts, their numbers have grown immensely during the Bush administration's reign. This is hardly a surprise. Nations have been totally destabilized as we have attempted to enforce democracy. Our thumb-in-the-eye foreign policy is the terrorists' recruiting tool.
Six years ago, the United States enjoyed widespread respect, however grudging in some quarters. This administration has squandered our standing in the world. And it is costing us dearly. Will continue to cost us dearly, witness the probable bomb plot that surfaced today.
Probable. It's a word that people use when they're skeptical. When they've been lied to so many times about things great and small, it is no longer possible to be sure about anything. When a revelation about a widespread terrorist plot immediately evokes a shadowy image of the emperor's Rasputin, Karl Rove, something is wrong.
So, does Rove have anything to do with any of this? Oh, probably not.