Like all those who somehow never expect the Spanish Inquisition (though clearly Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam are all suited up in their Cardinal's berrettas and gowns, ready to rush in, crucifixes a-blazing), Bush never seems to expect the trifecta, does he?
You know, I remember campaigning in Chicago and somebody said, would you ever spend a deficit? And I said, only if we're at war or we had a recession or there was a national emergency. Little did I realize we'd get the trifecta. (Laughter.)" -- 3/1/02 -- The Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa
He didn't expect planes to be flown into buildings.
He didn't expect Katrina.
Can we expect the Decider-er to be waking up from his unexpecting slumber anytime soon?
Let's just talk about Bubble Boy's wars.
Iraq is a mess. Afghanistan's a mess.
Now experts admit that Bubble Boy is losing the war on terrorism, too.
What percentage of experts on terrorism say so?
US LOSING WAR ON TERROR, EXPERTS SAY
WASHINGTON - The United States is losing its fight against terrorism and the Iraq war is the biggest reason why, more than eight of 10 American terrorism and national security experts concluded in a poll released yesterday.
One participant, a former CIA official who described himself as a conservative Republican, said the war in Iraq has provided global terrorist groups with a recruiting bonanza, a valuable training ground and a strategic beachhead at the crossroads of the oil-rich Persian Gulf and Turkey.
"The war in Iraq broke our back in the war on terror," said the former official, Michael Scheuer, author of Imperial Hubris, a popular book highly critical of the Bush administration's anti-terrorism efforts. "It has made everything more difficult and the threat more existential."
Scheuer is one of more than 100 national security and terrorism analysts surveyed by Foreign Policy magazine and the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.
Asked whether the United States is "winning the war on terror," 84 percent said no and 13 percent answered yes. Asked whether the war in Iraq is helping or hurting the global anti-terrorism campaign, 87 percent said hurting. Eighty-six percent said the world is becoming "more dangerous for the United States and the American people.
More here. Link to Foreign Policy re: the Terrorism Index, here.
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