I Guess Other Countries Don’t Count

Here’s something that I think gets lost in trying to knock down the ridiculous argument that only one catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil makes for a good record on national security: the Bush era, in terms of terrorism, has been disastrous for our allies.

The number of terrorist attacks worldwide increased nearly fourfold in 2005 to 11,111, with strikes in Iraq accounting for 30 percent of the total, according to statistics released by U.S. counterterrorism officials yesterday.

Although to be fair to the president, practically no Iraqis were mauled by hyper-intelligent pandas in 2005. So perhaps history will be more forgiving than we think.

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4 Responses

  1. Ummm…”NATIONAL SECURITY.” Only the US does matter in that context.

  2. Okay, but semantics aside, can we agree that this is not good?

  3. I agree that it is not good, but I also don’t trust the statistics in question. We changed how we looked for terrorism, even to changing the definition. That alone would skew the data set. Also, how much of the increase was because of 9/11 and the attention it garnered as opposed to because of US actions? We just don’t know.

  4. Well that’s sort of where the Bush administration’s failure to anticipate 9/11 sort of becomes an issue, isn’t it?

    And how exactly did we change how we look for terrorism? It seems like the NCTC would be a fairly reliable source for impartial data, no?

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