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Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tonight's Special Comment: Michael Chertoff's Gut
And now as promised, a Special Comment — on Michael Chertoff’s gut.
You have by now heard the remark — instantly added to our through-the-looking glass lexicon of the 21st Century, a time when we suddenly started referring to this country as “the homeland” as if anybody here has used that term since Charles Lindbergh or the German-American Bund in 1940.
Michael Chertoff’s “gut feeling.”
Which, he took pains to emphasize, was based on no specific nor even vague intelligence — that we are entering a period of increased risk of terrorism here.
He got as specific as saying that Al-Qaeda seems to like the summer, but as to the rest of it, he is perfectly content to let us sit and wait and worry - and to contemplate his gut.