Feeling safe today?
A former U.S. Army sniper breached White House security over the weekend. Afghan troops have landed in Massachusetts and gone missing. Congress and President Barack Obama are moving ahead to train and equip some of the Hatfileds and McCoys in Syria whom — we are promised — will take on the Islamic State, which wants us all to die.
The Washington Post reports today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been so decimated by turnover and poor morale in recent months and years that it struggles to “stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks.”
I’m not trying to be an alarmist. These are facts.
Not to worry, Congress is away tending to electioneering for the next seven weeks. The results of the midterm elections Nov. 4 will make it all better, right?
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had the security creeps in 13 years — since those strange, crazy days following 9-11 when we woke up each day to see what color-coded crisis was on the horizon.
I’ve had my moments, but I generally took those post-9-11 wake-up call directives — like the creation of DHS — as a sign that we finally had gotten off the dime and recognized we are the No. 1 target of the latest generation of evil.
Is it just me, or do you also wonder who is in charge and whether we are prepared to deal with a cyber attack to the 10th power that will scramble the digital world we so depend upon, scuttle our economy and wreak havoc on our power grid, communications and transportation systems?
If the Secret Service is having a string of bad days and DHS has gone to its room to pout and rant because certain factions can’t get along, where is this all headed?
Summer’s over. There’s a new season moving in and our nation seems lulled into a trance salted by a fit of Post-Tantrum-Security-Decline.
What are your thoughts?
Share them with us today and with the candidates who will be seeking you out over the next several weeks.