Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mr. President - Protect America

Peggy Noonan writes about how unprepared and nonchalant we are about WMD's and that's what I've been thinking about lately. Iran probably has a couple of nukes already and is just waiting for an opportunity to use them with that kook in power... and Obama and our congress fiddles while Rome burns. I REPEAT AGAIN HERE: THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENRY! Obama doesn't seem to know how to resolve the BP mess in the gulf - how can we expect him to defend Americans and our homeland? READ "We are Totally Unprepared".

...No one wants to think about it. I don't want to think about it. But you have to make plans. You have to imagine, you have to think about the worst case, and then you have to plan for it—literally. We've had enough time, nine years since our unforgettable reminder that history is, among other things, and some of them quite wonderful, a charnel house.

Our eye is off the ball. The public, in spite of what it knows in the day to day, assumes the government is on the case. And certainly the government is on the case with regard to prevention: Not being hit again since 2001 means something, and our antiterrorism professionals, intelligence and law-enforcement agents, do impressive work. In New York the past week they picked up two apparent would-be terrorists who won't be playing jihad anytime soon. But public awareness of prevention success gives the impression the government is similarly capable in terms of readiness and response.

You can see a certain air of complacency even on government websites. On the front page of the House Committee on Homeland Security site there's a picture of Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, then, below, an area devoted to something called "Business Opportunities Model" and an area for "DHS Business Opportunities." On the Homeland Security Department's website, the priorities seem equally clear: "Find Career Opportunities," "Use the Job Finder." There's little sense of urgency; it's government as employment agency, not crisis leader.

A few days before the report on the Justice Department, Henry Kissinger spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in favor of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. His testimony ...
Read the rest at Wall Street Journal.

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