Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Operation "We Meant To Do That" Continues

Diane at cab drollery spots an interesting bit of spin from our intrepid Homeland Security Czar:
Osama bin Laden, Mr. Chertoff said, has made it clear that scaring the United States into an unsustainable spending spree is one of his aims. In a 2004 video, Mr. bin Laden, the Qaeda leader, spoke of “bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy.”

“He understood that one tool he had in waging war against the United States was to drive us crazy, into bankruptcy, trying to defend ourselves against every conceivable threat,” Mr. Chertoff said at a hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “We have to be realistic about what we expect and what we do. We do have limits, and we do have choices to make.”

(...)

Mr. Chertoff said his message was not political, but simply a recognition of reality and the tough choices he must make.

Moving ahead will require billions of dollars in spending to finish installation of radiation detection equipment at ports by next year, build fences or high-tech barriers at borders to control illegal immigration, enhance railroad safety programs and install new explosives detection equipment at airports.

(...)

But the list of initiatives cannot be limitless, Mr. Chertoff said. A mandate, for example, that every cargo container headed into the United States be X-rayed and subject to a radiation scan before it leaves a foreign port to search for a possible nuclear bomb is not now feasible, he said.
So, basically, the insidiously diabolical Osama bin Laden is trying to trick us into securing our ports and plants, but Chertoff and the Bush administration are too canny and resolute to fall into his clever trap:
Mr. Chertoff, since he was named secretary in February 2005, has talked of the need to make spending risk-based, but his department has also been lambasted for compiling a list of possible targets that included a petting zoo, a bourbon festival and a popcorn factory, while at the same time it cut antiterrorism grants to high-risk cities like Washington and New York.
Thank God we have a government that knows how to focus on the bare essentials, and which understands that the only truly effective strategies against terror are unnecessary wars and tax cuts. Although, come to think of it, I'm pretty sure that dismantling Social Security would be a dagger to the heart that al Qaeda would never recover from.

4 comments:

Lizzy said...

Just popping to say hi Eli, I have been buried at HQ for John Hall, but it was worth it. He won his prior with 50% of the vote.

Now for Part II.

I have missed coming here.

Eli said...

Huzzah!

Congrats! What are his odds in the general? I noticed he got some Blue America love over at FDL.

Lizzy said...

Eli,

It is going to be a hard race, but we do have a strong grassroots here in the Hudson Valley and the backing by many, many unions.

The Unions are incredible. They work so hard and I have great admiration for them.

Eli said...

I understand unions are real good for that organizing/ground game stuff, so that should help with the all-important (IMHO) turnout battle.