quot;What we're talking about here is a very serious matter based upon sound
intelligence.We are a nation in danger."
George W. Bush, August 2
The official American political season has opened in a war frenzy.
First, the Democrat's team "reported for duty" in Boston--wrapped
in flags, surrounded by vets and generals--and promising to build up more
military strength and launch aggressive new actions.
Then, the Republican government roared back with their own bid to orchestrate
fear and war fever: Quickly after the Democratic convention closed, on August 1,
the current administration announced a major terror alert--complete with claims
of immediate threat, new "intelligence streams," capture of key
plotters, supposed targeting of the New York Stock Exchange and the Citicorp
Center in Manhattan, the Prudential Financial building in Newark, and the World
Bank and International Monetary Fund buildings in Washington, DC.