Whatever you think of her reporting on WMD, it's insane that Judith Miller is going to jail. (Have I said this before?) I heard people on C-SPAN today dismissing the whole affair because of the Jayson Blair and Dan Rather scandals. Huh? Excuse me, people, but Judith Miller is not Jayson Blair; neither is she Dan Rather! (And neither is Dan Rather Jayson Blair, but that's a subject for another post.)
In an effort to make a connection to this London business, today I recalled an interview Miller did on one of those 9-11 documentaries that aired on PBS a while back (or it may have been a piece on John O'Neill, I can't remember). Quoting Putin, Miller described what was for her a supremely chilling moment (out of a 3-4 year period full of chilling moments)--to wit, the realization that "we are as dust to them." (The "we" here is, of course, the West, and the "them" is presumably Al-Qaeda, or perhaps Muslim extremism in general).
Sad to say, we're going to have to get used to this crap, at least until we're ready to vote out (or, if we're lucky, tar and feather) the current crop of war-mongering demagogues. They've made things much, much worse. (That's right, fuckers, I hold you personally responsible.)