Thursday, September 11, 2008
Ann Coulter brings us a reminder in her column this week: Bush 7, Terrorists 0.
There is no media coverage when another 9/11 doesn't happen. We can thank God that President George Bush didn't care about doing the safe thing for himself; he cared about keeping Americans safe. And he has, for seven years.
A year after the 9/11 attack, the New York Times' Frank Rich was carping about Bush's national security plans, saying we could judge Bush's war on terror by whether there was a major al-Qaida attack in 2003, which – according to Rich – would have been on al-Qaida's normal schedule.
Rich wrote: "Since major al-Qaida attacks are planned well in advance and have historically been separated by intervals of 12 to 24 months, we will find out how much we've been distracted soon enough." ("Never Forget What?" New York Times, Sept. 14, 2002.)
There wasn't a major al-Qaida attack in 2003. Nor in 2004, 2005, 2006 or 2007. Manifestly, liberals thought there would be: They announced a standard of success that they expected Bush to fail.
As Bush has said, we have to be right 100 percent of the time; the terrorists only have to be right one time. Bush has been right 100 percent of the time for seven years – so much so that Americans have completely forgotten about the threat of Islamic terrorism.
Let us not forget. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.