Remember a while back when Bill Clinton advised Democratic presidential contenders to quit the intramural bickering and focus on their real opponent, President Bush? Apparently Clinton still carries some weight because his boys came out swinging recently.
As if attached to the former president's dangling, legacy-craving puppet strings, the boys set their sights on Bush and began firing, albeit with shoddy ammunition. Clinton probably should have told the boys at least to have something to say -- even if you have to make things up, like "this is the worst economy in 50 years" -- before opening their mouths and just talking to hear their heads rattle. They're shooting blanks and looking pretty impotent (and often ridiculous) in the process. It's all so artificial. They're expected to say something negative, and so they do, no matter how silly and off base.
Senator John Kerry had the temerity to blame the administration for last week's terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia. "It's insufficient for this administration to say, 'We notified them, but they didn't do anything,'" said Kerry. "It's the obligation of this administration to make sure that they are doing something, and you don't do it by passing on a communication and then sitting there. You have to be engaged." For outrageousness, that one ranks right up there with Kerry's earlier statement, "We need a regime change in the United States." But there's a method to Kerry's groundless insults.
His next statement holds the key. "The administration," said Kerry, "got overly focused on Iraq" and is in "complete disarray," as opposed to al Qaeda, which "never went out of business." Aha, they've finally got that concrete evidence they've been impatiently waiting for that the United States, and more particularly, the Bush administration, can't walk and chew gum at the same time.
Going after nation-state sponsors of terrorism is mutually exclusive with going after terrorists themselves, and this attack proves it. Never mind that this is offensive hogwash -- this nation's security forces have done an incredible job foiling the terrorist network since 9-11. What's important is that this gives the boys a backdoor approach to attack the war against Iraq, since none of their front door approaches has gained them entry.