Things not going so well? Well, maybe we could reexamine our basic premises in fighting the war on terror, and deal more forthrightly and thoroughly with the role of Islam in inspiring jihad violence. Maybe we could reconfigure our global alliances and foreign aid distribution based on a pro-jihad/anti-jihad division. Maybe we could stop playing up to domestic terror supporters and their fellow travelers in order to win votes.
Naaaah — let’s just stop telling people that things aren’t going well. That’ll fix it. From “Bush administration eliminating 19-year-old international terrorism report,” a Knight Ridder report (thanks to Special Guest):
WASHINGTON – The State Department decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government’s top terrorism center concluded that there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.
Several U.S. officials defended the abrupt decision, saying the methodology the National Counterterrorism Center used to generate statistics for the report may have been faulty, such as the inclusion of incidents that may not have been terrorism.
Last year, the number of incidents in 2003 was undercounted, forcing a revision of the report, “Patterns of Global Terrorism.”
But other current and former officials charged that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s office ordered “Patterns of Global Terrorism” eliminated several weeks ago because the 2004 statistics raised disturbing questions about the Bush’s administration’s frequent claims of progress in the war against terrorism.
“Instead of dealing with the facts and dealing with them in an intelligent fashion, they try to hide their facts from the American public,” charged Larry C. Johnson, a former CIA analyst and State Department terrorism expert who first disclosed the decision to eliminate the report in The Counterterrorism Blog, an online journal.