Deliberate Forgetting: Liberal Bliss

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    Amnesiac America
    By Paul Greenberg, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    Feb. 6, 2006

    It was ages ago — namely, September of 2001 — when the president of the United States went before Congress and a nation still in shock to ask for the full panoply of wartime powers. Remember?

    "We will direct every resource at our command," the president vowed, "every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every weapon of war — to the destruction and to the defeat of the global terror network."

    Every tool of intelligence.

    That phrase tends to be forgotten in the current hubbub over whether the president has violated the privacy of suspected terrorists who may be making calls to and from this country. That seems to be the burden of the latest accusation against this president.

    But back then, it was clear the president — and the country — intended to take the terrorist threat seriously. And so did Congress — back then. It may have been September of 2001, but it felt like December of 1941. Congress moved swiftly to approve the Authorization for Use of Military Force, the functional equivalent of a declaration of war.

    Not that the president and commander-in-chief needed congressional permission to defend the country, thanks to the foresight of those who wrote the Constitution. But in a joint resolution passed three days after the September 11th attacks, Congress made the point explicitly, recognizing that "the President has authority under the Constitution to take action to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States."

    Remember all that?

    Well, forget it. Because we've avoided another disastrous attack on American soil for so long — more than four whole years — that now we can relax and turn on each other instead of the enemy.

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