Black's comment may have been a bit too candid, but it illustrates one of the great strengths of the American political system: its BS quota is infinite!
No lie is too transparent to be repeated over and over until it becomes part of the national fabric, a web of officially sanctioned lies that grows larger and more toxic every day.
George W. Bush, having refused to protect us in any way in 2001, made mountains of political hay out of his alleged ability to protect us.
And now, according to Charlie Black, John McCain would benefit from another failure of the "national security" apparatus he has supported for all these years -- because it would turn the focus to his "strength".
If that's the case, the next move is obvious: somebody needs to turn off America's security alarm, the way they did it back in 2001, and make sure John McCain gets elected!
That'll keep us safe!
Juan Cole says:
We don't need any more of this politics of fear that Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and Bush gave to us.It doesn't matter what we need, of course. The only thing that counts is what they want us to have.
Juan Cole continues:
That McCain has such people around him is yet another indication that he is too close to Bush and Bushism to be allowed anywhere near the White House.But this is backwards as well.
Nobody can be allowed near the White House unless he has such people around him!
That Barack Obama is busy surrounding himself with shameless predators indicates that the race might be a close one after all.