It’s good to see Bush back in fine form again. He’s taken a more agressive and more open approach to recent events. He’s got his sense of humor back, seems more relaxed and focused. It’s nice to see him defending his position instead of reacting days or weeks after the fact. And it’s done wonders for his approval ratings too.
If you haven’t already, you should watch his press conference from the other day. It’s always enlightening to watch the whole thing instead of reading the itty bitty fragments of quotes chosen by reporters. AnkleBitingPundits has his liveblogged reaction, too. I agree with his disdain for the reporter’s generally dumb and pompous questions. For heaven’s sake, how many times and in how many ways does the President have to explain that the NSA intercepts were approved by Congress before they stop asking why he didn’t tell Congress? How many times does he need to explain the difference between a quick intercept on a throwaway mobile phone and the slower FISA monitoring process?
I don’t have a lot to say about that subject, or about the Patriot Act renewal. I’ve been a fan of the NSA for a long time. They do their work in silence and generally without much fuss or attention. The reason they exist is to intercept and analyze communications going into and out of the United States, within the bounds of the law. We’re at war now, and they’ve been doing their job.
People want to kill us. That indesputable fact trumps the vague fear that intelligence might possibly be abused by our own law enforcement agencies. Frankly, I trust our own elected officials and sworn law enforcement personel more than I trust bin Laden and his terrorist friends. People who refuse to recognize such a choice must be made in time of war cannot be taken seriously.