It's important to recognize that the liberal media polls often tilt their questions -- and their timing of questions -- with a political mission in mind. The last time these pollsters asked about the adequacy of our terrorism preparedness was in the wake of their overwrought hurricane Katrina coverage. They argued that since we weren't prepared for the hurricane, we weren't prepared for terrorists, either, and then touted their own poll results to remake the point. One week into the New Orleans festival of Bush-bashing, the NBC poll asked if America was prepared for a nuclear, chemical or biological attack, and found 19 percent said yes, 75 percent said no.
Conservatives need to focus the public's attention on what the liberal media fail to explore. Did the Clinton administration cripple Al Qaeda? No. They bombed a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan. They indicted Osama bin Laden in Manhattan. But Clinton's softness on terror goes unexplored. How well did the Carter administration do in fighting Iranian terrorists? He let American hostages rot in captivity for more than a year, and his military effort was no better than crashing helicopters in the desert. How in the world can the media offer these men platforms to give lectures on military leadership to President Bush?
Does anyone honestly believe that we would be much better off today if President Gore or President Kerry or President Dean was fighting the war on terror? The better question is whether there would have been anything much beyond the lip service and Manhattan indictments that Bill Clinton offered.
The best question remains: Should we approve of the national media's handling of the war on terror? Are they conducting one? Or are they undermining one? Are they making the country safer? Or are they still stuck on the Carter/Clinton model, that it's less important to defeat terrorists than it is to impress "world opinion"?