I just feel so cynical. People are calling for Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano to resign as a result of the Christmas hijacking attempt over Detroit. It would have been a tragic event, don’t get me wrong … but there is something bizarre about a country that is willing to spend billions upon billions to ferret out the odd terrorist plot … but balks at putting pennies toward healthcare reform … or something like addressing global warming.
Pundits clamor for better interpretations of intelligence … but my guess is that there is so much America-hating buzz out there that to sort through it and find the one or two credible threats is just plain impossible. Think a needle in a haystack times a thousand. That’s how I envision it.
Meanwhile, there are very, very clear threats to the welfare of our citizenry that the government could address and fails to. These are the things like healthcare reform and global warming that the lobbyists pay guys like Joe Lieberman to thwart. Who does more damage to our country right now – this very moment? Al Queda operatives or the shitty food that millions will eat at McDonalds and Dunkin’ Donuts this morning? People plotting in Yemen or people plotting on Wall Street?
The government isn’t letting us down by not stopping every terrorist plot – an impossibility. They are letting us down by focusing on the impossible and pouring money down that yawning hole, when the emminently possible goes unaddressed. Human suffering continues and grows as a result … and I think that is unconscionable.