So, you're President of the U.S. and your poll numbers have been falling; the domestic situation isn't good and things don't look any better internationally. And Muslim fundamentalists are once again feelin' feisty and backing it up with deeds.
11 September rolls around. Are you worried some entity is going to try to strike directly at the United States -- or are you hoping for it?
Nothing gets the Gen. Pop. -- and Congress -- pulling together like simple, obvious adversity. If you're a Chief Executive with a hankering for an FDR moment, a chance to mark down a day that "lives in infamy" has got to be tempting.
If nothing happens today, the fuse keeps burning. If something starts to happen and is nipped in the bud, hooray for those who thwart it. But if -- heavens forfend! -- a strike gets through, there will always be that nagging little worry: did the barbarians make it happen, or did our guys let it happen?
There's always extra room on the grassy knoll.
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