This is the way our government has worked since 2001. If the citizenry begins to get too restless, begins to show signs that is might not tolerate the way it is being treated, the government trots out the discovery of an Islamic terrorist plot with which to freak out the public and distract people from things that the government does not really want voters to be talking about. If anyone thought that a Democratic-controlled government was going to do anything differently with respect to the Global War On Terror than the Republican one did, this should put that little illusion to rest.
This one was nicely crafted, too, because the “inside guy” who gave the plot away was captured in Afghanistan, no less, and to make things even more lurid CNN reports that "al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden himself signed off on the latest plan," and it seems that the plotters have been attending the same mosque in Germany that was attended by the 9/11 hijackers.
What’s interesting is that this time the standard plan is not working very well. NBC Evening News seems to have made a rather big deal out of this, and all three networks played the government-released clip of a explosion showing what the Times Square bomber “was trying to achieve,” but other than that the media is still talking about unemployment and the failure of Congress to pass tax cut legislation.
Perhaps the “boy has cried wolf” once too often?