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Paul Krugman whines...

...while Ashcroft arrests terrorists. Krugman's complaint is not that Ashcroft was derelict in his duties (the terror plot was thwarted), but that he didn't throw a big pat-yourself-on-the-back pep rally afterwards.

I'd say that Krugman should stick to writing about economics, but with the recovery proceeding apace, I guess it's just no fun to write about that anymore.

In April 2003, John Ashcroft's Justice Department disrupted what appears to have been a horrifying terrorist plot. In the small town of Noonday, Tex., F.B.I. agents discovered a weapons cache containing fully automatic machine guns, remote-controlled explosive devices disguised as briefcases, 60 pipe bombs and a chemical weapon -- a cyanide bomb -- big enough to kill everyone in a 30,000-square-foot building.

Strangely, though, the attorney general didn't call a press conference to announce the discovery of the weapons cache, or the arrest of William Krar, its owner. He didn't even issue a press release. This was, to say the least, out of character. Jose Padilla, the accused "dirty bomber," didn't have any bomb-making material or even a plausible way to acquire such material, yet Mr. Ashcroft put him on front pages around the world. Mr. Krar was caught with an actual chemical bomb, yet Mr. Ashcroft acted as if nothing had happened.


Drivel like this from Krugman is the surest sign that the economy is improving.

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