Atrios quotes Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff and gets all smug ‘n stuff:
On NPR today:
But that’s why as we manage the most serious risks, we drive down the consequences of an act. It’s not terribly different from what we do with organized crime in this sense. When we attacked organized crime at law enforcement community, we didn’t eliminate crime, but by targeting the high-priority elements of where they were causing the greatest damage to society, we drove the risks down, we drove the consequences down to a level which was still bad but was not as bad as it had been. Likewise, in the era of terrorism, what we seek to on the way to eliminating terrorism is drive down, again to protect the most important, most valuable things against the greatest risks so that the consequences of an act are less serious a year from now than they would have been, let’s say, a year ago.
Gee, that reminds of something someone said once… maybe during a political campaign or something… can’t quite remember…
Dude, it’s like this. As the Lakers are belatedly discovering this season, the game is played in two spheres: offense and defense. No defense is perfect, nor can it be. That’s why you have an offense.For the Homeland Security Secretary to say something like this is not only appropriate, it’s smart. He’s dealing with half the equation – fielding what’s incoming, preparing for the worst, and minimizing the damage. For a President to say something like this is stupid and wrong because it’s his job to stop it from coming in the first place.
By, say, triggering civic revolutions in the countries likely to attack us or support those who would. Sadly, the guy Atrios liked in November was more concerned with opening more fire stations here in the U.S. and getting the troops home soon, with honor.