It's not leadership, it's fear-mongering

In other realms of life, exploiting a crisis for your own purposes is an outrage. If a business uses a hurricane warning, for example, to price-gouge on vital supplies, it is a crime. When a liberal administration does it, it’s taking advantage of a historic opportunity…

This was transparently obvious to Bush’s harshest critics, who alleged that 9/11 was merely a convenient crisis for devious neocons who wanted to topple Hussein all along. But it’s now clear that many of these critics simply objected to the agenda, not the alleged tactics. Now that it’s their turn, they see nothing wrong with doing what they so recently condemned.

They even admit it, over and over again.