Vice President Cheney and his team are masters at exploiting the dynamics of fear to try and move American political sympathies.
Already, Cheney and others in the White House are exploiting the foiled London terror plot to shake up U.S. citizens and to make them think that Democrats would concede to terrorism while Bush & Co. are there fighting every day on the front lines.
John Aravosis has laid out the cynical commentary from the White House quite nicely here. But here’s the zinger from an AFP piece:
“Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big,” said another White House official, who also spoke on condition of not being named, adding that some Democratic candidates won’t “look as appealing” under the circumstances.
— AFP, August 11, 2006
I’m about to spend an hour discussing political exploitation of terrorist activities with Christopher Lydon on his National Public Radio show, “Open Source“.
Feel free to listen over the internet. The show starts at 7 p.m. Eastern.
— Steve Clemons