John Ashcroft made big news with his terror threat warnings earlier this week. The press conference left Americans with several key questions: Why were we being warned when local and state law enforcement officials indicated that they received no updated intelligence or calls to action? Why were Mueller and Ashcroft warning us of something dramatic while Ridge was downplaying the news and while the administration was making it clear that there would be no change in the terror alert status?
And then there was another equally vexing question. Why was Ashcroft making the announcement in the first place? Isn’t that now the job of Ridge and the Dept of Homeland Security?
Update: At first I was tempted to echo many others and suggest this may have just been an election season move. But according the latest reports, it could have be worse than that.