We can imagine the bouts of hilarity convulsing the terrorist circles, for they have not only made fools of American officials and held airline passengers hostage to their maneuvers, but with every lame and cretinous reaction on the part of the TSA they have won another battle in their war against America and the West. The airline industry is suffering, Americans are changing their travel patterns and the economy takes yet another hit. Chalk one up for the terrorists.
Such is the fruit of a psychology of perpetual deferral, of “solving” a problem by moving it to the next level of magnitude, which characterizes the current American rejoinder to every menace it faces, whether abroad or at home. To be reactive rather than proactive guarantees precisely the kind of result which the administration is trying to avoid. Foreign policy requires political discernment and evident decisiveness in confronting the nation’s adversaries, either by foreseeing a looming danger in order to circumvent it or responding in such a manner as to defuse the possibility of its recurrence. Mere rote reaction is a losing proposition and promises nothing except a more intense and complex replication of peril. The same applies on the domestic front. Simply to react like a Maginot general, putting measures in place to meet the previous threat, allows the enemy to concoct ever new and unprecedented means to carry out his purposes unhindered.
The real solution, of course, is to target the enemy rather than to react serially to his endless cascade of methods, procedures and contrivances. The real solution is to touch the enemy’s junket, not the passenger’s junk. The TSA, for example, obviously needs to hire well-trained and dedicated personnel. It must install fail-safe identity pre-screenings, a proper interrogation system similar to that successfully employed by the Israelis, and stringent profiling of the appropriate demographic. There is no other feasible solution to the dilemma. Both the wider civilian population and the terrorists know this. Only an administration seeking to appease not just its avowed assailants but its own radical base apparently does not, or, what is no less disturbing, is frankly unwilling to activate whatever dwindling resources of intelligence and dignity remain to it. From its perspective, it is preferable to be politically correct and dead rather than morally honest and alive—at least as far as its citizens are concerned.
But, regrettably, what we see occurring in airports across the country is only a local simulacrum of the failed policies of an essentially reactive, helpless, possibly disingenuous, and massively incompetent administration, unequipped to deal with the world as it is. By refusing to act with foresight, prudence and conviction, and loath to recognize certain home truths, it has prepared the ground for inevitable catastrophe. This must be said, no matter how indiscreet it may sound: It is not the mullahs or the Taliban or the drug lords or the jihadists who represent the gravest threats America now confronts. It is Obama, his administration and his Party that pose the greatest danger of all to America’s increasingly fragile security.
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