Let’s hope as well that 2006 isn’t another year where weapons of mass destruction destroy America. From the continuing house of pain in Iraq to hurricane Katrina to the end of the year news that the Department of Energy secretly sniffed around mosques for radioaction, the government is so enamored of exotic threats from nuclear and biological weapons that it can barely see straight. In the case of Katrina, it couldn’t fulfill its fundamental duties….
Sure al Qaeda is “interested” in acquiring WMD; PROOF WAS FOUND IN AFGHANISTAN, the nuclear crazies say. And then there are all the loose nukes in Russia and the missing nuclear materials and the suitcase nuclear bombs. I wonder whether there is any veracity to the presumption of any kind of a serious terrorist WMD threat.
Huh? Nuclear and biological weapons are “exotic threats”? The terrorist WMD threat isn’t “serious”? Call me a “nuclear crazy” if you must, but for my money, nuclear and biological threats are practically the whole ballgame in homeland security and counterterrorism, because the potential consequences of attack are so high. If these are exotic threats, then what does he think the real threats are?
And what did efforts to protect the United States against WMD-related threats have to do with the response failures of Hurricane Katrina? If anything, the response to Katrina tells me that the US government needs to be doing MORE to prepare to respond to WMD-related attacks, in concert with preparedness for natural disasters.