Monday, December 22, 2003

Thanks For Clearing That Up

Last week everybody and their dog (with the notable exception of former Senator John Glenn) jumped Howard Dean’s case because he said he didn’t think America was safer now that Saddam Hussein is in custody. We heard from the Administration and several Democratic candidates, “Of course we’re safer! A terrible dictator is no longer threatening our country! Dean has no understanding of foreign policy!”

But today we get this:

Administration Raises Level of Terrorism Alert to Orange

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 — The Bush administration raised the nation’s antiterrorism alert status a notch on Sunday, indicating a newly heightened concern about the possibility of an attack in coming days.

Announcing the change at a news conference in Washington, Tom Ridge, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said the danger of an attack in the “near term,” possibly in the United States, was “perhaps greater now than at any point since Sept. 11, 2001.”

Well, maybe Iraq is safer now that Saddam Hussein is no longer in power, but Tom Ridge evidently thinks things have gotten worse. So, which is it?