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Washington ignores biological threat, but hey – some people found work today!

February 3, 2010 Leave a comment

If the Washington Post‘s editorial (pasted below) on how frighteningly unprepared we are for a biological attack doesn’t frighten you, then you must be an ultraliberal like the rest of the clowns running Washington. See, ultraliberals — I use this term in the academic sense to refer to the hyper-progressives who believe that man (mankind, woman and womankind) is defined solely by his economic status. Nothing else matters to ultraliberals, whose mindset is, If people aren’t economically equal, what good is being alive? Boy, they’ve got the question precisely reversed, don’t they. But hundreds of billions will go out the door this year so politicians here can pretend they’re really attacking unemployment; meanwhile, they’re abdicating what is arguably their only real job responsibility: to keep Americans alive.

Scary stuff, people:

Obama must pay heed to al-Qaeda’s quest for biological weapons
Wednesday, February 3, 2010; A14

THREE THOUSAND people were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. More than 300,000 could be dead within one week after a modest attack with biological weapons.

For most people, the thought of such an attack is an unthinkable horror. For al-Qaeda, it is a lingering dream and one that it is working diligently to achieve. Two recently released reports indicate the United States has been aware of this threat for years yet remains “woefully” unprepared.

Al-Qaeda is engaged in a “long-term, persistent and systematic approach to developing weapons to be used in mass casualty attacks,” writes Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Osama bin Laden, as recently as 2007, called on his followers to acquire such weapons to “escalate the killing and fighting” against Americans.

Mr. Mowatt-Larssen is not the only one sounding an alarm. “Each of the last three Administrations has been slow to recognize and respond to the biothreat,” concluded a report made public last week by the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, which was created by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks and is led by former senators Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and James M. Talent (R-Mo.) “The difference is that the danger has grown to the point that we no longer have the luxury of a slow learning curve,” the report stated.

The Obama administration was given good marks for working to prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons, but “no equal sense of urgency” has been “displayed towards the threat of a large-scale biological weapons attack,” the report said. The administration was given low marks for its failure to tighten government oversight of labs that handle dangerous biological agents.

It received an F for failing to move aggressively with a plan to “rapidly recognize, respond, and recover” in the event of an attack. Producing large quantities of vaccines and establishing communications and distribution networks are key to preventing a biological attack from being devastating. Experts estimate that ramping up such a system would cost roughly $3 billion per year. The administration also received a failing grade from the commission for neglecting to establish programs to recruit and train the next generation of national security experts.

In Congress, some 80 committees and subcommittees have some oversight over homeland security. Such fragmentation, said Mr. Talent, “guarantees that much of what Congress does is duplicative and disjointed.” The commission recommended that oversight be concentrated in the House and Senate Homeland Security committees. This may yet be another problem that the Obama administration inherited, but it is now the president’s to fix. He must do so without a moment’s delay.

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Guantanamo as a “recruiting tool” for al Qaeda

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment

The president this afternoon said that, “make no mistake,” we’ll close down Guantanamo because it has “damaged our national-security interests and” become “a recruiting tool for al Qaeda.” I suspect he used the wrong conjunction here; he could only have meant that our national-security interests have been damaged because Guantanamo has become a recruiting tool for al Qaeda. There could be no other national-security interest met by closing the base; to liberals who think the base should be closed, our national security is one and the same with the world’s, and its jihadists’, image of us.

Essentially, then, the policy of this government is to cease activities that really tick Islamist terrorists off, because those terrorists refer to such indulgences in their propaganda. Crimony. What’s next?

On these silly grounds, we should dissociate ourselves from Israel, cease attacks against al Qaeda in Afghanistan, maybe lay off the pork, pick us up a few more Korans and [insert here any and every grievance Islamist extremists have aired against us since they first launched this holy war … oh, and R-rated movies and Red Bull — no more of those, either: they’re also frowned upon by jihadists].

This guy Obama, what a genius. It’s sure nice to know we’ve finally got a president who uses his head.