The Bushies are rushing in to capitalize on the UK’s discovery of an alleged al Quaida plot to blow up British and American airliners, and I’m left scratching my head…

Is this a victory in the so-called War on Terror, or is it one more stark reminder that while al Quaida plotted and planned to attack us, Mr. Bush had us irretrievably bogged down in the Iraqi quagmire?

Five years after September 11th bin Laden remains at large. While the neocon press and pundits say, “no worries”, it can’t be doubted that his continued liberty is an enormous symbolic victory for the “terrorissss” and a rallying point for “those who would do us harm”.

As recently as last night , RNC Chair, Ken Mehlman, was describing Iraq as, “the central front in the war on terror.”

This is the type of logic that you have to adopt to be a “good Republican” these days:

  • It’s no problem at all that Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of September 11th and the motivating force behind today’s events remains at large.
  • Iraq (a nation that never attacked us and had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11) is “the central front in the war on terror”.

You know, even if Iraq were the central front in the War on Terror (TM), it’s not as if the administration were doing a bang-up job there either!

It makes my head hurt… A lot…