Obama Afghanistan 9/11 Woodward : The Two-Way Conservative critics are already saying that the president's really talking about a "bargain" -- that American's shouldn't overreact to terrorist attacks.
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Obama Says 'We Can Absorb A Terrorist Attack'; Your Thoughts?

As we said earlier, the revelations in journalist Bob Woodward's new book Obama's Wars will surely be debated for days if not weeks to come.

Woodward once again got an administration to give him a window into its deliberations, and as with his previous books about the Bush and Clinton teams he's turned up evidence of intense debates, second-guessing and some in-fighting.

But one passage in today's Washington Post report about the book is particularly noteworthy:

"Woodward's book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, 'We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.' "

That statement's going to be talked a lot about, I expect. Already, the widely read conservative blog Ace of Spades is saying that Obama's talking about a bargain: "If only we didn't overreact to the occasional mass-murder, we could go about our business without war, without increased security measures, without 'Islamophobia,' without the rest of it."

Other conservative voices will say similar things in coming hours and days.

Question for the group: What do the president's words say to you about the way he approaches the terrorism issue?

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