I played a lot of soccer as a kid. I was actually pretty damn good at it, too. Sure, I couldn’t jump rope, dance, cheerlead (although I tried), do backbends, splits, or dress up very well. But I could play a mean game of soccer, softball, and basketball. Even though I usually played right wing in soccer, I was well aware we were nothing without a good defense.
Last night, after they announced New York City as the target of a possible terrorist attack, I couldn’t help but think that it seems every time Bush gives a speech about the war and terrorism the media and the government then attempts to scare the living piss out of the American public. What better way to take one’s mind off of something than to send a wave of paranoia over them thereby diverting their attention? I learned this tactic back in grade school.
I’m trying really hard to take the recent threat alert in New York City seriously. I really am. But I’m starting to wonder if this is a new experiment introduced by modern day Pavlov.
If this threat is indeed to be taken seriously this time. I am more than sorry for writing at all. But when Channel Four news and the New York Times and CNN all admit to having the knowledge of a possible attack on the New York Subway system two days PRIOR the actual announcement and it happens to fall on the same day Bush gives a speech on protecting American from Islamic Fundamentalists, I can’t help but put on my skepticals.
Say it’s nothing. Isn’t this dangerous? What if a credible lead does eventually come to light and they make an announcement. Won’t it be hard to take it seriously each and every time?
Bush announced yesterday that since 9/11 the administration has thwarted numerous terrorists plots. When? Where? Why haven’t I seen this? I saw a pretty severe, terrorist offense back in 2001. And I have seen Bush talk and talk about what he’s doing, using a lot of words to describe what the administration is doing to protect America, but I haven’t seen it firsthand. In fact, the news about our stopping terrorist plots (one, of which, was apparently to take down the Brooklyn Bridge) was something I hadn’t heard much about before yesterday. Now, I know I’m not reading every rag and newspaper published, but I would like to think I’d have at least got wind of said defense. Does having a good defense mean hiding said defense when dealing in politics?
I feel a little duped. I feel a little like I’m being fooled into buying into something I have no choice but to purchase. I feel insulted. I feel enraged. I don’t feel very protected. Most of all, I feel like I’m part of an experiment.
Show me your defense, President Bush. Because if you want me to buy into your offense over and over again, I need to believe you’ve got a good defense. Because I’m tired of being frightened by you.