Let me say from the outset that I think the concept of terrorism as it has been deployed since 9/11 is hyperbolic and aimed less at the everyday security of Americans and more at causing fear and paranoia. That’s not to say that the U.S. doesn’t have legitimate security concerns–largley, I think, because of our flawed foriegn policy, but that is a subject for another post.
In any case, the National Security/Terrorism debate returned to the forefront in the wake of an attempted attack Christmas Day. Since then, several wing-nuts have come out against President Obama, claiming that he is failing to protect us from Domestic Terrorism.
In one particularly noteworthy interview, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed that, “We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.” Excuse me? Of course, the guy that was Mayor of New York City wouldn’t forget about the attack on the World Trade Center, would he? Clearly he misspoke. But as the *awesome* fact-checking website, Politifact.org pointed out, even if he meant to say that there wern’t any attacks under Bush since 9/11, he would still be wrong.