Sunday, August 08, 2004
Political Timing of Terror Alerts
JuliusBlog has a snapshot overview chart and detailed timeline looking at the timing of terror alerts.

The work is far from scientific--though the chart clearly shows that Bush's popularity spiked three times: just after 9/11, just after the invasion of Iraq, and just after Saddam Hussein was captured.

The relationship of terror alerts is murkier, though their increased frequency is clear. The timeline does show that terror alerts frequently appear soon after some really bad news for the Bush Administration. But there's been a lot of bad news for the Bush Administration for the last year and a half. Still, seeing all the events placed in a timeline context gives a very clear sense of how terror alerts have regularly distracted attention when the Bush Administration was feeling some heat. It also highlights how often the alerts have been issued on dubious grounds.

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