HE FORGOT ABOUT SYRIA. The worst reaction to the GOP�s politicization of terrorist attacks is to whine about them politicizing it. Second worst is to merely suggest that the opposition needs to attack, rather than whine. Best of all is to actually attack, like Fred Kaplan, who notes that Bush has spent years pissing away opportunities for the sort of international intelligence-gathering operations that foiled the recent British airplane plots.

Let me add that while the administration isn't interested in getting Syria's help in rolling up al-Qaeda, it's important to recall that it does favor illegally detaining people to send them to illegal facilities, where they'll be illegally tortured until they cough up inaccurate information that can be used as the basis for the next round of shenanigans.

--Matthew Yglesias

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