Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Cry wolf, please

Babble on.

When you're a hammer, every problem is a nail. When you're a left-leaning political strategist, every U.S. terror alert is a cynical ploy by the Bush administration to steal momentum from the Kerry campaign.

Warren would have done better to trust the professionals on this one. From the same AP article he's cited:

Retired general Merrill McPeak, a Kerry supporter who was air force chief of staff during the first Persian Gulf War, said he did not think the administration raised the terrorism alert for political reasons. (my emphasis)

Soldiers understand the concept of 'threat' far better than most. They also understand that when you see a shadow in the woods, it's better to cry wolf than to stay quiet. In fact, if the shadow is nothing more than leaves in the moonlight ninety-nine times out of a hundred, and people berate you for waking them up in the middle of the night for false alarm after false alarm, it's still better to cry wolf.

It's better, because the 100th time, the time you give in to those who call you a fear-monger and keep your mouth shut, you get fireballs in the Manhattan skies. And then everyone who's still alive points their finger and asks, 'you were supposed to be guarding me - why didn't you cry wolf?'

Babble off.

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