Why The Neutralist? The term Isolationist implies a narrow Fortress America outlook and is used as an epithet. The term Neutralist does not indicate someone hiding out from the world. No one calls the Swiss isolationists. The Wilsonian world view is old, tired and wrong. Our interventions have been less and less successful and now the failure can no longer be covered up.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

We are fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here. Wasn't that the rationale?

From USA Today: Intel chief: al-Qaeda likely to attempt attack

From the article: WASHINGTON (AP) — al-Qaeda can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress.

The terrorist organization is deploying operatives to the United States to carry out new attacks from inside the country, including "clean" recruits with a negligible trail of terrorist contacts, CIA Director Leon Panetta said.

So I guess some of them are taking a break from fighting us over there so they can fight us over here.

Of course anyone who bought that line was capable of believing they hate us for our freedoms.

Now how many billions? trillions? has this brilliant strategy wasted. How many young men have been killed and maimed in the struggle?

Ah, but it has not been all a waste. Many chickenhawk journalistic careers have gotten a boost.

1 comment:

Burkeman1 said...

I wonder what would happen if a significant (hundred plus casualties) terrorist attack were to occur in this country?

Would such an attack ignite a debate about the effectiveness of spending 10 trillion on "defense"in the last decade?

Doubtful. Of course- a "hearing" would be held by the Senate or House- or both- to determine how our "intelligence lapsed" and there would be some headlines and someone might even get embarrassed (but certainly not fired or even reprimanded).

I don't think even so much as minute would be spent by our media questioning the worth of a "defense" budget that can't even defend this absurd "Homeland."

No- rather- we would be swept along by our media into an alternating emotional orgy that would be split between rage against Moooslims in general and maudlins cheap displays of obligatory grief for the total stangers killed in the attack and that we actually have no more of a connection to than we do to Tazmanians.