Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ignorance of a Different Kind

From the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, the headline thus: Fort Hood Intel Lapse Mirrors Detroit Case

Less than a month after major Nidal Hasan allegedly killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, the Pentagon's top intelligence officer sent the White House a report detailing an earlier failure to connect the dots. It reads like a dress rehearsal for the Detroit bomber case, reports CBS News chief national security correspondent David Martin.

Allegedly? Allegedly?! You mean to tell me there's any doubt in anyone's mind? And furthermore, connect-the-dots is a game I played with pencil-and-paper as a kid. I'm getting a little sick of hearing over and over again that's what the intel community should have done. I want grown-ups, dammit!

How is it that we had no attacks of any importance on American soil between 9/11 and Obama's inaguration? I ask you, dear readers, what is the only logical explanation for why things have gone to hell?

"I think it's a real problem that you didn't have in one place at one time all of the communications being evaluated," said CBS News security analyst Juan Zarate.

It wouldn't matter if you did, Mister Zarate. The people in charge are willfully ignoring the information they have at-hand. To come to any other conclusion requires a suspension-of-disbelief on the order of what was required for me to watch Scanners.

We are being led by people with no leadership abilities. The people in power would rather force us into government-run healthcare than ensure our safety and our most basic god-given right -- the right to life. Don't wait until after the 2010 elections to decide what you are going to do. By then, it may be too late.

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