Civil liberties

Suddenly speedy

The unelected-president at the press conference yesterday:

BUSH: We used the process to monitor. But also, this is a different era, different war. It's a war where people are changing phone numbers and phone calls, and they're moving quick. And we've got to be able to detect and prevent. I keep saying that. But this is -- it requires quick action.

Now, I have to ask: what's with all the sudden urgency, Li'l George? I mean, where was all that urgency in August of 2001? You, Li'l George, you love to talk about September of 2001. You can't get your shoes shined without invoking September 2001. But turning the calendar back a month to August...remember that month? It's the month you got a PDB entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike Within US."

But back then, you weren't so good at "quick action," were you Li'l Mr. American-Getter? See, your FBI and your CIA guys had "detected" but you just, well, you didn't "prevent." And you didn't take "quick action."

Li'l George: you really blow chunks.