May 13, 2006


Democrats See an Opening to Debate Security Issues (CARL HULSE, May 13, 2006, NY Times)

Senate Democrats intend to use next week's confirmation hearings for a new C.I.A. director to press the Bush administration on its broad surveillance programs, engaging Republicans on national security grounds that have proved politically treacherous for Democrats in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Poll: Most Americans Support NSA's Efforts (Richard Morin, May 12, 2006, Washington Post)
A majority of Americans initially support a controversial National Security Agency program to collect information on telephone calls made in the United States in an effort to identify and investigate potential terrorist threats, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The new survey found that 63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, including 44 percent who strongly endorsed the effort. Another 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it.

A slightly larger majority--66 percent--said they would not be bothered if NSA collected records of personal calls they had made, the poll found.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2006 9:47 AM

So now we know that the queers, schoolteachers and the rest of the B.D.S. gang threatening to start a new Civil War are against the program, and everybody else is for it. Sounds about right.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 13, 2006 12:34 PM

Lou, o/t and I know you hate that, but I'm not sure if you check out the Belmont Club everyday and I thought you'd like to know that Wretchard mentions our old friend, Julian Jaynes, in today's blog. I'm always so surprised when anyone in the younger generation has heard of him.

Posted by: erp at May 13, 2006 1:57 PM

Dear President Bush,

You are too secretive.

That is, you won't brag about your successes.

You take this too seriously and have too much class to do so. Had this his been your predecessor, President Footnote, we'd be hearing nothing but self-congratulations and media praise.

You can't say it so I will:

Thank you, Mr. President, for connecting the dots, even though critics now say you should connect the stripes, plaids and prints.

Thank you for preventing the murders of thousands if not millions of Americans.

Thank you for taking the fight to the enemy instead of cowering, hunkering down and trying to guard every overpass in America.

And thank you for doing the adult, difficult and necessary work of bringing real civil rights to a part of the world that has never known it.

I'm sorry that the Malcontent Xs of the bureaucracy have decided to divulge our sources and methods to the enemy in hopes of undermining your administration.

I'm sorry that thousands of journalists get up every day with the express purpose of lying about and distorting your every action.

And I'm sorry to say that they have even convinced some ungrateful Americans.

Ingratitude is an ugly, ugly failing in human beings. But this American, and millions of others, are grateful for your faithful and unstinting service.

Posted by: Noel at May 13, 2006 3:12 PM