“Clueless” Describes Our Entire Intelligence Apparatus.

RealClearPolitics – Video – Napolitano Most Surprised By “Determination Of al-Qaeda”

Question: What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of the review? And, Secretary, to you, as well.SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence.

You mean that the tactic of the “suicide bomber” surprised them?

I guess that’s not too surpising when you consider that our inteeligence agencies were taken by surprise by the the Iranian Revolution, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of Hugo Chavez, pretty much anything the North Koreans do, the first WTC bombing, the embassy bombings, the USS Cole, Khobar Towers, 9/11, the lack of WMD in Iraq, the Iraqi resistance,…..pretty much any important development in the world in the past 50 years.

So, they didn’t see this coming? It probably would have been more surprising if they had.

NYT Embraces The “Domino Theory.”

South Asia’s Deadly Dominoes – NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The Mumbai attacks may have begun with Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani guerrilla group known in the West mostly for its preoccupation with Kashmir. But by the time the crisis finally ends, foreign policy experts say, the fallout may have expanded to include the United States, NATO, Afghanistan and Iran.

Last time I heard the NYT mention the “domino theory” it was to ridicule anyone that believed in it.

That “domino theory” supposed that if South Vietnam fell to the Communists neighboring countries would follow. But with the fall of South Vietnam only Cambodia and Laos, coincidentally, the only countries that neighbor South Vietnam, fell to the Communists. In Cambodia with disasterous results.

But now, with the attacks in Mumbai, the NYT has discovered a new “domino theory.” One that sees danger to the entire South Asian area from Islamic terrorists. (Though they will not term them as such)

How long do you think it will take for them to realize their error and start backpedalling?

We Can’t Win. So There’s No Use In Trying.

If you wondered about how the left would deal with terrorists, here’s your answer. They wouldn’t. Terrorism would be relegated to the same category as rain.

It most likely will not be you or your family that is killed. But if it is, that’s just the price you pay for being alive in the first years of the 2st Century.

‘War on terror’ — an exercise in folly – Los Angeles Times

Last week’s terrorist attacks involved a handful of men armed only with guns, grenades and homemade bombs. But they killed more than 170 people, closed universities and businesses, shut down India’s National Stock Exchange and did incalculable economic damage to a country that boasts the world’s third-largest military and internationally respected police and intelligence services — none of which managed to prevent the attacks.Sound familiar?

It should. It should remind you of 9/11, when 19 men armed only with box cutters ultimately killed nearly 3,000 people. And the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed 191, and the 2005 bombings on London’s Underground, which killed 52. Each of these attacks involved a small number of perpetrators. Each was low-tech. Each caused enormous psychological and economic damage in addition to loss of life, and each occurred in countries with sophisticated security forces.

Get used to it.

Because the Mumbai attack should also remind you of Timothy McVeigh and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168, and the 2002 D.C.-area sniper attacks, in which two men killed 10 people and caused so much fear that for weeks people were reluctant to go to shopping centers or gas stations, and the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, in which one man killed 32 people.

The perpetrators of those attacks weren’t Islamic extremists. McVeigh was a white supremacist; the D.C. snipers were a disgruntled African American Army vet and his gullible teen sidekick; the Virginia Tech killer was a psychologically troubled Asian American student. They had nothing in common except anger and a desire to cause death, pain and panic. And they succeeded.

But there’s some inaccuracies in her fashioning of the approved narrative.

Nearly all the terror attacks that are taking place in the world today involved Islamic radicals.

But lets look at her exceptions. Timothy McVeigh a White Supremacist? Maybe, but I don’t remember anything particularly race based in his attack. In his eyes he was avenging the mass murder of women and children at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. If I remember correctly some of their members were not white.

But even so, the left regularly dismisses Palestinian attacks on Israelis as a justified reaction to the killing of Palestinians by the IDF. Or is that justification only available to certain groups? No whites allowed?

As for the DC snipers, they most certainly were Muslims. Take a look at the drawings from their notebooks. They themselves claimed to be Muslims doing the killing in Allah’s name.

The VT shooter? Definately not a Muslim. Nor did he claim to be one. But his attack was not a terrorist act. He made no demands, no statements, no thing political at all. It was the act of a sick, demented mind. But it was not terrorism.

The author knows this, but she needs a foil to deflect the fact that the overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks a perpetrated by Muslims and have been for the past thirty years.

I certainly don’t think that all Muslims are terrorists. Anymore than I think all men are sexist or all whites racist,

But the Muslim community has taken no action to remove the radicals from their mosques. Did you see any demonstrations in any Muslim country denouncing the misuse of Islam in Mumbai? Me neither.

But I will note that the board of the Islamic cemetery in Mumbai did refuse the terrorist burial. That is the kind of thing we need to see more of. That and less excusemaking for radicals.

The Face Of Anger?

Mumbai mourns attacks as public anger swells | Reuters

The protests were the biggest outpouring of public anger and frustration since Wednesday’s attacks by Islamist militants that killed more than 170 people.Around 10,000 protesters, many holding candles and flowers, marched from all over Mumbai and congregated at the Gateway of India, close to the Taj Mahal hotel, scene of a 60-hour siege.

“You can see how angry people are and how hurt everyone is,” said Mahesh Patel, a middle-aged trader who walked with a huge slogan-shouting crowd of students.

Wow! Marchs, slogans, candles and flowers.

Angry indeed.

Contrast this with what happens in Islamic countries when they’re angered.

Oops! There’s Always Someone That Doesn’t Get The Word

iowahawk: Apologetic Mumbai Killers: “We Didn’t Get the Memo About Obama”

MUMBAI – Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving member of the 10-man team of Pakistani gunmen that left hundreds dead or wounded after a bloody three day rampage in Mumbai, today blamed the mayhem on an “email mixup” that left him and his colleagues unaware that Barack Obama had won election as President of the United States.

Bill Roggio’s Analysis Of The Mumbai Attacks

Analysis: Mumbai attack differs from past terror strikes – The Long War Journal

The Mumbai attack is something different. Foreign assault teams that likely trained and originated from outside the country infiltrated a major city to conduct multiple attacks on carefully chosen targets. The primary weapon was the gunman, not the suicide bomber. The attack itself has paralyzed a city of 18 million. And two days after the attack began, Indian forces are still working to root out the terror teams.

For good no BS reporting and analysis, there’s no beating the Long War Journal.