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What Do You Think?

August 27, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Friday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Do you believe accusations in a book by former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge that two top Bush officials pressured him to raise the terror alert level before the 2004 election?

o "I can't believe that Ridge had that much authority and if he did, why? Sounds like hype to sell his book. I'm not a Bush fan, but I don't see that he is directly implicated in this. Who were these officials?"

o "The liberal media would not promote Ridge's book without bashing the Bush administration. Regardless, there were threats from Osama Bin Laden leading up to this election, so it was only reasonable there would be a higher alert level. Nobody really cares about this, let's move on to the next subject."

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o "The really sad thing is not the possibility of deceit on Bush's part, but the fact that so many Americans have forgotten about 9/11 and the real threat of terrorism. Whether or not Bush exaggerated for political purposes, the threat is real. To think otherwise is being completely naive. If FDR believed that fear was our only problem, then why all of the New Deal programs? He could have simply told America to stop worrying and be happy."

o "It's probably true, however it's probably also a cheap trick to sell books as well to millions of foaming-at-the-mouth Bush haters. What amazes me is that those who are still ranting about Bush on and on and saying how everyone "ignored what he did" are completely blind and ignoring what Obama is doing. How is that not hypocritical?"

o "What difference does it make if he was pressured or not? The 2004 election is over. Nobody is going to put Bush and Cheney on trial."

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