Jordan Bassior sums up our present “state of the Nation”:
(S)ave for a brief moment of shining sanity at the end of 2001, right after 9-11, we have settled for the concept of a long war of attrition, with the actual enemy States being treated as sacrosanct and it being rude to even publicly suspect their involvement in international wrongdoing. The highest enemy leaders themselves are therefore able to function in complete safety: the only ones we dare go after directly are their minions in the actual terrorist organizations, and when we do that we accept as normal the complaints of the host nations that we are “violating their sovereignty.”
Obviously, such a tentative policy cannot bring us decisive victory. Absent decisive victory, a condition has now existed for over 12 years in which the enemy continues to be able to act against us at home, should they be able to penetrate our defenses. What is worse, since we have done little to suppress enemy sympathizers within our own borders, we have an active and determined Fifth Column, who if left unwatched will happily arrange accommodation, transportation and such for enemy covert action teams.
Under these conditions, the price of going back to the relatively open society we had in the 1990’s would be repeated successful major enemy attacks on our homeland, just as happened on 9-11. The enemy has made several successful minor attacks, and we do little to solve the problem by pretending that they didn’t happen, or that they were anything but international terrorism.
If we want to scale-back the powers of our security establishment, we need to win the war. Decisively. To the point where no foreign Power dares offer the enemy leaders sanctuary, due to fear of our likely retaliation against them for such acts of war.
Until then, get used to being groped at the airport. For the alternative will be getting blown up at the airport.
There is one little addition: he didn’t touch on the targets of our intelligency agencies ; if the targets are indeed the enemy – all well and good, but more troubling is the thought they have assumed too much power and can turn it against law-abiding Americans. In other words, what prevents them to become a sixth column and end up with a coup or – another scenario – enter into an alliance with the enemy and turn against us? That’s not too fantastic if one examines the ideology and the deeds of the Power Party with attention.