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Some people in politics seem unable to accept good news. Take, for example, how House Minority Leader
It's certainly true that it was good fortune that the accused man stupidly left one of two vehicle identification numbers readable on the SUV he bought with cash, along with his house key for the clue-laden house he had abandoned in
But it took swift and effective police work by local and federal agencies after an alert street vendor in the
As frightening as such episodes are in a nation that still must function under the terrorist threat nearly nine years after the 9/11 attacks, they are themselves a recognition of the general American success in fighting it since then.
These simpler attempts strongly indicate that the ability of al-Qaida, has been significantly degraded by the military and counterintelligence efforts carried out through the Bush administration and continued under President Obama.
So far at least, terrorism against
In declaring himself a "wartime president,"
This policy -- of repeatedly declaring the nation to be at war while asking little sacrifice from the American public except for members of the military serving in
By 2006, however, the political magic of the "wartime presidency" began to wear off, contributing to the Republican loss of
All this is not to say that the fight against terrorism is no longer of concern to Americans at home. It clearly remains a cause for continuing worry, with remembrance of the crumbling twin towers of the
But as the "war on terror" has segued from the mass attack of 9/11 masterminded and carried out by al-Qaida to individually launched or perpetrated episodes, it now requires more of the police response seen in the
While such efforts obviously have the potential to do major damage to American life and property, so far at least they appear to have conditioned Americans to recognize them as part of living in the age of politics by terror and threat of terror.
Boehner's dismissal of the arrest of the suspected