Monday, December 13, 2004

Thoughts on Homeland Security

Today is the anniversary of the capture of Saddam Hussein. Do we feel any safer today than we did on December 12, 2003? Seven... eight?... more Marines died in AlAnbar province yesterday. Except for during our invasions of Iraqi territory the only thing Hussein ever did to offend me personally was the missile attack on USS Stark, but we weren't mad at him for that... we were mad at Iran then. Osama bin Laden, of course, remains at large.
Meanwhile last Thursday Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, a principal designer of our Middle East policies who never wore a uniform, hosted a Holiday Gala for wounded troops at the Pentagon. (Did he mean to say: "I don't think there's a military in the history of the world that has helped make the country they defend freer and safer and more prosperous and secure.")
Speaking of the uniformed services... the military has now outsourced security screening to a civilian agency under the Secretary of Homeland Security which was that close to being headed by Bernard Kerik.

And the Administration is warming up the machinery to go after the U.N. head of the IAEA, ElBaradei, actually going so far as to wiretap his agency's phones.

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