Wow. A really good article.
"But if the Bush administration is smart enough to figure out the underlying causes of terrorism in Russia, how come it’s not smart enough to understand why America was attacked? The answer is that of course the administration does understand, but it cannot admit it. Doing so would open a national debate on decades of U.S. policy towards Arab and Muslim nations.
And that is exactly what is needed. "
Exactly. Or part of what's needed. Sometimes skill in writing is so good that it makes you want to cry out of thanks that your brain has been liberated just that much from the shit that we see around us on a daily basis.