“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself” --FDR
That is a far cry from the current occupant, who might as well just come right out and say
“The only thing I have to offer you, is fear itself.”
Pardon me for getting more than just a little bit annoyed with the banging of the fear drum.
The terrorist network Al-Qaida will likely leverage its contacts and capabilities in
…annoys the piss out of me.
Especially when the whole thing is a mere 800 words in length, and if you read it carefully, the conclusion is, this administration has done everything wrong and allowed the Al Qaeda terror network to regroup.
This is coming from the administration that rebuffed President Clinton’s warning that terrorism would be the main issue they faced. This is the president who, on 06 August 2001 dismissed the Presidential Daily Briefing with “bin Laden Determined to Strike in
Now, faced with the revolt of some Senators and Representatives of their own party who have hopes that their political careers will outlive this administration; they are trekking once more to the well of fear.
Look – it’s a dangerous world. Terrorism is real. People do die. I realize this in ways you probably don’t. I was a globe-trotting Brat in the 70’s. I was a military wife in the 80’s. Back then it was pretty damned dangerous just to pass through the airport in
I “get it” in ways that most people can not possibly even begin to imagine.
I understand that you do not fight a war against an ideology, a tactic, a transitive adverb* for fucks sake, with a big shiny military. You investigate, you gather intelligence, and you operate in the shadows. You infiltrate, prosecute and incarcerate. You know…Police type work. Remember that concept? (Sure you do.) It's what we used to do, back when our counter-terrorism efforts were not prepackaged by Acme™.
I do not need lectures. I do not need color-coded alerts. I have been aware of the dangers that lurk out there for my entire life.
I know that there is a wolf in the woods.
So what are you? Are you a sheep? Or are you a Kangal?