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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Mark Steyn: The Pantybomber wasn’t the big joke. We are.

On Christmas Day, a gentleman from Nigeria succeeded (effortlessly) in boarding a flight to Detroit with a bomb in his underwear. Pretty funny, huh?

But the Pantybomber wasn’t the big joke. The real laugh was the United States government. The global hyperpower spent the next week making itself a laughingstock to the entire planet. First, the bureaucrats at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) swung into action with a whole new range of restrictions.

Against radical Yemen-trained Muslims wearing weaponized briefs? Of course not. That would be too obvious. So instead they imposed a slew of constraints against you. ...

Now, thanks to the ever more demanding choreographers of the homeland-security kabuki, it’s two, three, four, whatever. Look at O’Hare and imagine the size of airport we’ll need. And by then the Pantybomber won’t even need to get on the plane; he can kill more people blowing up the check-in line.
And, just as the thug states understand they now have the run of the planet, so do the terror cells. A thwarted terror attack at Christmas is bad enough. Spending the following week making yourself a global joke is worse. Every A-list despot and dimestore jihadist got that message loud and clear — and so did American allies already feeling semi-abandoned by this most parochial of presidents. Expect a bumpy twelve months ahead. Happy New Year.


thisishabitforming said...

At my local Wal-Mart there is a $5.00 dvd bin. Always on the lookout for a bargain I have dug through the bin more than once and come up with some interesting documentaries. One is Attack on Pearl Harbor, another is the story of the naval battles of WWII, Victory at Sea.

The tone of these documentaries, before political correctness ruled the day, are fascinating: the enemy was the enemy, he was not misunderstood or a depressed victim; we were not afraid to express a desire to kill the enemy and win these conflicts; and our fighting men were heroes.

We may have come a long way Baby, but in the case of winning wars, its not a good thing.

grannywithapitchfork said...

Finding out that the DHS is only planning on catching one out of four major bad guys in 2010 doesn't make me feel all comfy cozy either.

Can our government get any more hapless and pitiful? I'm getting too old for this.