December 29, 2009
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wisely has backed off her statement that "the system worked" because a Nigerian terrorist failed to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day. The system decidedly didn't work if an explosive could be brought aboard a plane by a man whose radicalization had been brought to the attention of the United States by his father, a prominent banker. But as Congress and the Obama administration undertake inquests into this near disaster, their primary focus should be on lapses in human intelligence, not technology.
August 9, 2013
Re "Have the terrorists won?," Opinion, Aug. 7 We elected Barack Obama as president to be the antidote to George W. Bush. And yet, under this administration: - Gitmo remains open, despite the president's campaign promise to close it. - The government has the "limited" power to target citizens for drone strikes. - Air travel has reached the tax-audit, root-canal level of dreadfulness. - The National Security Agency tracks our telephone calls and emails. - The U.S. Postal Service photographs and logs our mail.
January 19, 2010 |
The Obama administration's mea culpa over the failure to prevent the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day is understandable but misses the point. Yes, the United States can do better at catching would-be attackers; that will always be the case. But the truth is that there is no absolute security -- short of conceding victory to the terrorists by making it impossible for foreigners to visit the U.S., hellish for Americans to fly and difficult for all to live normal lives.
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June 2, 1986
Will's column makes me wonder what he's trying to say. Does he mean that Americans, by traveling to areas where terrorists are operating, will combat this craziness by their numbers? Or that our overseas friends who miss our smiling faces and our pocketbooks will be made friendlier, knowing that Americans are available for terrorists to intimidate? Does that mean, if there are no Americans do the terrorists stop operations? I hope Will understands that the terrorists operate as they do, and where they do, because of convenience, i.e. Europe is easily reached from their various headquarters.
August 1, 2011 |
Vice President Joe Biden has been the White House's point person for reaching a debt-ceiling deal since day one, so it was only natural that he was dispatched to Capitol Hill on Monday to move the ball over the finish line. "I didn't go to convince, I went to explain," Biden told reporters after back-to-back meetings with Senate and House Democrats today. Forget the debt deal. Biden is now being asked by Republicans to explain comments attributed to him likening talks with conservative "tea party" lawmakers to negotiations with terrorists.
November 5, 2010 |
"Four Lions," the feature debut of notorious British provocateur Chris Morris, will indeed provoke righteous indignation, serious thought -- laughter. It's a challenging and often hilarious study of a group of bickering, homegrown terrorists as they plan suicide bombings in London. It's not your usual comedic fodder, but the director and co-writer's extensive research and profound intellect elevate the film above mere farce. Even the casual slapstick comes from Morris' conversations with journalists and actual jihadists, and these religious extremists' petty arguments seem not unlike those of any group working closely together.