Each American city adopted its own visions of trauma. There were new categories of vulnerable public spaces. Our worst terrorism nightmares were projected onto local landmarks: Rodeo Drive, the Sears Tower, the French Quarter, River Walk, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle. Suddenly, living in rural, outlying areas seemed like a sensible lifestyle choice.
We all waited for terrorism's second shoe to drop, and, seven years later . . . nothing has happened.
And, of course, this had absolutely nothing to do with the President at that time or this. "Nothing has happened" in America, at least. In other important world cities the shoe has dropped often and severely. In delightful irony, Rosenbaum (who himself didn't vote for Bush, so the op-ed is even more impressive) continues:
...Here in America, however, the focus moved from concerns over counterterrorism measures and the abuse of presidential authority to the war in Iraq, the subprime mortgage crisis, the failing economy, the public meltdown of Britney Spears, and now, the presidential elections.
All this time Americans have been safe from suicide bombers, biological warfare and collapsing skyscrapers, while the rest of the world has been on red alert. And yet President Bush is regarded as the worst president in American history? Sorry, I must be missing something here.
Many people are missing something. Don't be one of them.