Sunday, November 13, 2005

Brace yourselves, kids...

Ready for another Sept. 11?


GOP memo touts new terror attack as way to reverse party's decline

Capitol Hill Blue | November 10, 2005

A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."

The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could “validate” the President’s war on terror and allow Bush to “unite the country” in a “time of national shock and sorrow.”

The memo says such a reversal in the President's fortunes could keep the party from losing control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections.

GOP insiders who have seen the memo admit it’s a risky strategy and point out that such scenarios are “blue sky thinking” that often occurs in political planning sessions.

“The President’s popularity was at an all-time high following the 9/11 attacks,” admits one aide. “Americans band together at a time of crisis.”

I'm not sure Bush would do anything now--there are enough suspicions that the 9/11 attacks were, if not perpetrated by, then allowed by the Bush administration. I think another staged "terror" attack would have more negative than positive consequences.

Time will tell.