Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

"Who can refute a sneer?" wrote William Paley in his book Moral Philosophy. Such is the dilemma now facing President George W. Bush and political leaders of both parties who are being asked to defend against charges they ignored pre-Sept. 11 warnings. Or worse, that if they weren't incompetent they could have prevented the infamy of that day.

Suffice it to say, there was a breathtaking intelligence breakdown and the murdering hijackers were damned well-prepared. Ongoing probes will deduce more and possibly lead U.S. security and intelligence agencies to still other terrorists trying to prepare far worse carnage.

The press rightly has seized on lapses, as have members of Congress, and reforms clearly are needed. There still are too many Keystone Kops at airports and federal buildings and in security and intelligence analysis. But there also have been unreported intelligence successes since 9/11. Not everything is broken.

The press has failed in these dramatic times to put the news into context. …

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