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Security politics I: the anniversary

Bloomberg looks at how the glancing attention paid by Americans to national security issues in the years prior to September 11 changed that day. "Sept. 11 compelled Republicans and Democrats to develop strategies for taking the anti-terror battle to distant outposts and for protecting the homeland. It also polarized an already hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington as the parties dueled over competing visions of foreign policy... [F]or the foreseeable future candidates for national office will run as they did during the Cold War, when credibility on national security was a threshold concern."

In his hour-long interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Vice President Cheney disputed suggestions that US involvement in Iraq has created more terrorists, that Osama bin Laden's trail has grown "stone cold" (as the Washington Post put it), that Iraq has been a distraction in the war on terror (especially regarding Afghanistan), and that Iraq had no ties to al Qaeda. However, Cheney did admit that the Administration didn't "anticipate an insurgency that would last this long" in Iraq. In addition, he said that victory in Iraq would mean 1) that it has a viable government; 2) that it would pose no threats to the United States; and 3) that al Qaeda would be eliminated there. Click here for the Meet the Press netcast.

Former President Clinton and current and past aides continue to object to ABC's "Path to 9/11." Clinton spokesperson Jay Carson said of part one, which aired last night, "Despite admonitions from members of the 9/11 Commission, 9/11 family members, and public officials from across the political spectrum, ABC/Disney chose fiction over fact and entertainment over education in airing their tv show." The AP says, "ABC's editing of the five-hour movie… was evident from the very beginning. Twice, the network de-emphasized the role of the 9/11 commission's final report as source material for the film."