Ben Smith notices something new regarding the arrest of terrorist suspects in North Carolina yesterday:

The Bush White House trumpeted every arrest and disrupted plot -- in some cases, ones that were nowhere close to fruition -- as a major win in the War on Terror and a reminder of the need to be vigilant. The Obama administration, by contrast, keeps them relatively quiet. There hasn't been a statement from the White House, or any comment save a Justice Department press release, on the arrest of seven men on charges that they helped raise money and provide training for attacks in Israel, and trained to participate in attacks in Israel and Kosovo.

The decision not to talk about terrorism is just that -- a choice, with the goal of ending the "politics of fear" that Obama denounced during the campaign.

This is a great thing.

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