CNN reported today that we have had more reported terrorist attempts on American soil last year than in all the years combined from 2002 to 2009. Only weeks after the failed car bombing of New York's Times Square, the Department of Homeland Security says "the number and pace of attempted attacks against the United States over the past nine months have surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period."
This frightening assessment is contained in an unclassified DHS intelligence memo prepared for various law enforcement groups, which says terror groups are expected to try attacks inside the United States with "increased frequency."
To put it bluntly: America has become more dangerous and vulnerable over the past 17 months, rather than safer and stronger. President Obama capitalized on the anti-Bush rhetoric during the election, but what evidence does he have to offer that he has improved homeland security so far.
CNN's story comes on the heels of Pres. Obama debuting his new national security strategy based on diplomacy rather than war. To quote the White House report, "Our long-term security will not come from our ability to instill fear in other peoples but through our capacity to speak to their hopes." So instead of being protector and enforcer, the United States will be the world's motivational coach. Enough with the "hope." The hope of radical Islamics is to kill the infidels. The hope of Iran is to destroy Israel. This is the type of naive, backwards, idealistic policy that thinks we can keep everyone safe by making everyone happy. It's absurd, and don't be shocked if the number of terrorist attacks continue to rise in the United States.
I’m the Associate Producer of Bill Bennett’s Morning In America. Everyday I listen to people all across America voice their opinion on the issues facing America and its future. This blog is my humble observations on the politics and culture of my generation. More than anything else, I hope to offer you, the reader, a reasoned and sensical perspective on what makes America so great and how we can keep it that way.