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May 06, 2010

Hoekstra: "We're just a couple of smart people away from having 300, 400, 500 Americans killed..."

Byron York also observes (correctly IMO):

"Obama has made a new approach to terrorism one of the key features of his presidency...

...Yet the attacks and attempted attacks continue. And everyone knows it was luck, and not anti-terror work, that prevented American deaths on Christmas Day and in Times Square..."

One of my greatest fears has always been that someday the terrorists are going to recruit some competent people who can plan and execute significant attacks without getting caught and/or leaving much in the way of clues.

For the most part their apparent and irrational flair for the dramatic has been reducing their absolute effectiveness, and I think we're starting to take this situation for granted assuming it will persist.

Years ago Frederik Pohl wrote The Cool War, a story about a conflict that wasn't quite hot, but not cold either. Its about a constant annoyance level of infrastructure attacks, and sabotage type operations that just kind of drain everyone. In Pohl's book, the actors are state level, but inserting a terrorist group in today's updated scenario isn't much of a stretch.

I think the Obama administration is whistling past the graveyard pretending our "successes" are anything other than a direct result of having stupid enemies. If they smarten up, we're boned.



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