Monday, September 01, 2014

What do you mean, no strategy yet?

“Families should assemble a disaster supplies kit well in advance and have a plan to reconnect after a tragedy,” the president said.
Sure. Let's all reconnect at his next fundraiser, if Las Vegas is still above ground level, or at a Hollywood celebrity's home.

The commentariat has gone near-bonkers with news and speculation (in this case, amounting to the same thing) about Islamic State attacks in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Terrorism Season, i.e., the next 365 days et seq. Far be it from me to scoff at the possibility; it's more likely than not sooner or later.

Before we head for the hills, though, let's try to keep some perspective. Mark you, I have no connection with the espionage industry and no personal experience with it. But I can hold my own in speculation with the rest of the jokers.

Security agencies by their nature inhabit a world of secrecy. With rare exceptions any leaks to the media are deliberate, meaning they are disinformation.

So when you read about a crescendo of "chatter" in the electronic communications of terrorist flash-bang artists, the information is from the other side of the looking-glass. It may be designed to convince the Kill an Infidel Club that we're on to everything they are doing, planning, thinking, or dreaming. It might be our spooks are taking out an insurance policy, designed to show they were on the ball even if worst comes to worst. 

One of the few things I feel sure of: this administration, by encouraging uncontrolled immigration, is rolling out the red carpet for those who would do us grievous harm.

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