Thursday, September 23, 2004

The land of a million targets

This just in from my dad:

Why ''Homeland Security'' is a joke. ''HS'' is, has been, and always will be provided by the US Army.

How would you like to be appointed Director of Homeland Security for Iraq? I'll write my congressman. The USA is the land of a million targets, defending them would use all our resources, a little like trying to preserve your life by not breathing - wouldn't want to wear yourself out, would you?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The premise behind the Bush administration's strategy of preemptive use of force is that as long as the United States is willing to show sufficient grit, it can successfully hold its enemies at bay. Vice President Dick Cheney made this case recently in an address to a class of newly commissioned Coast Guard officers. He asserted, "Wars are not won on the defensive. To fully and finally remove this danger [of terrorism], we have only one option -- and that's to take the fight to the enemy." On July 4, 2004, President George W. Bush made the point this way: "We will engage these enemies in these countries [Iraq and Afghanistan] and around the world so we do not have to face them here at home."

Targeting terrorism at its source is an appealing notion. Unfortunately, the enemy is not cooperating. There is no central front on which al Qaeda and its radical jihadist imitators can be cornered and destroyed.

The Neglected Home Front
Stephen E. Flynn
From Foreign Affairs, September/October 2004

The starting point for engaging civil society in this enterprise is a willingness to accept that there will never be a permanent victory in a war on terrorism by overseas military campaigns. Terrorism is simply too cheap, too available, and too tempting to ever be totally eradicated. And U.S. borders will never serve as a last line of defense for a determined terrorist. What is required is that everyday citizens develop both the maturity to live with the risk of future attacks and the willingness to invest in reasonable measures to mitigate that risk.