Terrorists akin to Boston suspects - Dumb and Dumber

  • Article by: Max Abrahms , Slate
  • Updated: April 27, 2013 - 4:57 PM

The biggest threats have been neutralized. We’re down to the dolts, not that dolts do no harm.

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armybratApr. 27, 13 6:08 PM

Obama cut the Homeland Defense budget for domestic bombing prevention by almost 50%. That assessment comes from Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. Is it any wonder that the "dolts" are able to get away with this?

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owatonnabillApr. 27, 13 6:14 PM

"In recent years, terrorists targeting the American homeland have been neither sophisticated nor masterminds, but incompetent fools." ................. Depends on how you measure incompence. Three dead and over 250 injured, many seriously, is not negligible. And let's not forget that embassy or consulate territory in a foreign country is as much sovereign territory of the country being represented as any territory in the "homeland"--and yet seven died brutally, and most probably needlessly, in Benghazi. Underestimating one's enemy is the most foolish thing one can do. And remember--they don't have to be good. They only have to be lucky. And they only have to be lucky once. Articles such as this, whatever the intent, can only lead to complacency, and as such they represent more of a danger to America than any successful terrorist attack ever could.

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tbot2000Apr. 28, 13 6:55 AM

Love how the wingers get all in up arms about how we're too dependent on govt.. But the moment someone suggests we cut defense spending, they cry that's absurd.. Unreal.

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armybratApr. 28, 13 7:15 AM

tbot2000 - What does having a strong defense have to do with being dependent on government? A primary role of the federal government, as defined in the constitution, is defense. That does not make us dependent on defense.

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pitythefoolsApr. 28, 13 7:49 AM

armybrat: "A primary role of the federal government, as defined in the constitution, is defense. That does not make us dependent on defense."

Really? Ask Blackwater and Halliburton if they're not dependent on defense. Ask the oil companies if they aren't dependent on the Navy to protect their tankers. How about United Technologies, with $11B in sales per year to the Military. L3 Communications, Finmeccanica--a French company. In fact, ask the 56 of the top 100 contractors that are NOT US companies if they aren't dependent on US defense. The Constitution does not define a blank check for the US to spend more than the rest of the world combined on defense.

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borisbadenovApr. 28, 13 8:10 AM

pitythefools - Are you and I dependent on government because of defense spending? That is what the poster was inferring. Why on earth are you bringing up Blackwater and Halliburton? Neither I, or you, are dependent on those two companies for anything. But, as long as you brought them up why did you leave out General Electric?

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borisbadenovApr. 28, 13 8:12 AM

"The Constitution does not define a blank check for the US to spend more than the rest of the world combined on defense."

It doesn't? Show us where it limits it. Now, show us anywhere in that document where it gives the government authority to redistribute income.

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pitythefoolsApr. 28, 13 8:38 AM

borisbadenov: "Why on earth are you bringing up Blackwater and Halliburton? Neither I, or you, are dependent on those two companies for anything. But, as long as you brought them up why did you leave out General Electric?"

Blackwater and Halliburton were the largest US recipients of no-bid contracts in the unnecessary Iraq war. The Iraq war had nothing to do with "defense." If I listed every company that is dependent on the US Military it would fill this entire page, why are you concerned with just one?

Virtually every multi-national company is dependent on the US Military to protect their assets and their trade routes, rather than paying for that protection themselves. Since companies are people, yes the Military-Industrial complex is dependent on the government and they is us. The Military is the largest of the wealth redistribution schemes, from the 53% of citizens that pay taxes, and the 25% of corporations that pay taxes to corporations both in the US and outside the US.

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greg62Apr. 28, 13 8:38 AM

Yep, these guys were just dumb and not a threat to anyone. Let's just brush this under the rug and pretend the threat of dangerous extremism just doesn't exist.

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grumpy42Apr. 28, 13 8:58 AM

pitythe fools- Why is President Obama still using Halliburton and Blackwater?Blackwater changed it's name but is still managed by the same people. We are still using these companies today. Do you suppose they are the only ones that have the size and ability to meet the requirements of the government? Why do you scream foul when the Cons use these resources but allow the Progressives free rein? Just asking!!!" Oh, by the way, does it make a lot of difference to you whether we are killed by dumb people or smart people?

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