August 12, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Nicholas Kristoff Doesn't Understand Why Bush Isn't Preventing a Times Square Hiroshima

Timesman Nicholas Kristoff doesn't understand how Bush is fighting the threat of An American Hiroshima:
That is what I find baffling: an utter failure of the political process.

The Bush administration responded aggressively on military fronts after 9/11, and in November 2003, Mr. Bush observed, "The greatest threat of our age is nuclear, chemical or biological weapons in the hands of terrorists, and the dictators who aid them."

But the White House has insisted on tackling the most peripheral elements of the W.M.D. threat, like Iraq, while largely ignoring the central threat, nuclear proliferation.

The upshot is that the risk that a nuclear explosion will devastate an American city is greater now than it was during the cold war, and it's growing.

Kristoff, who since his office is at Times Square takes threats of a suitcase nuclear bomb personally, is too busy worrying about his own survival odds (he guesses only a 20% chance of being nuked in the next decade) to keep his eye on the Big Picture.

And the Big Picture of the Bush White House -- as every chronicle by a defector has agreed -- is electoral votes.

So I ask you Mr. Kristoff: If, God forbid, a nuke would go off in New York City, or Los Angeles Harbor, or Philadelphia -- how do you think that would impact on the Blue State / Red State calculation?

With, say, half a million fewer downstate voters, don't you think New York would be in play again? TrackBack