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Running Against Straw

By Matthew Yglesias

"Running Against Straw"

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Hillary Clinton: “Some people may be running who may tell you that we don’t face a real threat from terrorism. I am not one of those.” That comes to us via Matt Stoller who, quite rightly, would like to hear Clinton explain who she means.

Meanwhile, I’d also like to hear someone in the press corps ask George W. Bush when, exactly, he made the determination that Iran is a more serious threat to American interests than is al-Qaeda and why he did so. This is the sort of issue we ought to have out in the open.

UPDATE: A colleague notes that John Kerry has said terrorism isn’t as big a threat as many people think, and (ironically) Bill Clinton has said global warming is worse than terrorism. The difference between “the threat of X has been overblown” and “the threat of X is not real” will be left as an exercize for the reader.

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