How can the failure of the War on Terror mean that we need more of it?
The point of most politics is to make us afraid. As H. L. Mencken put it long ago, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” This explains everything from Climate Change to the war on terror—even though I would not say that all of the terrorists are imaginary.
Still, after 9/11 we have been spending incredible amounts of money and doing incredible things with drones and troops all over the planet. What do we have to show for all we have done in the War on Terror?
Apparently, not much.
Thus, CBS DC reports, “House Intel Committee Chair: US Is At ‘The Highest Threat Level We Have Ever Faced In This Country’”
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warns that America is dealing with “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country.”
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the threat is coming from the radicalization of young people and foreign fighters heading to Iraq and Syria to join terror groups.
“They’re very good at communicating through separate avenues where it’s very difficult to track,” Nunes said. “That’s why when you get a young person who is willing to get into these chat rooms, go on the Internet and get radicalized, it’s something we are not only unprepared [for], we are also not used to it in this country.”
Several Americans across the U.S. have been arrested and charged recently with being ISIS sympathizers and trying to join the terror group. Nunes stated “we are having a tough time tracking terrorist cells within the United States.”
“It’s just tough to secure those types of areas if you have someone who wants to blow themselves up or open fire or other threats of that nature and we just don’t know or can track all of the bad guys that are out there today,” he explained to “Face the Nation.”
But we created ISIS because we recruited radicals to overthrow regimes first in Libya and then in Syria. Just like Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty spread more poverty, our war on terror has created more terrorism than ever before. Did anyone have to fear Al Qaeda terrorists actually conquering territory back in 2001?
We made that possible.
It is offensive and frustrating that after all this blood and treasure spent in “fighting terrorism” a high level bureaucrat can go on TV and tell us that we are more in danger from the things that we were supposedly fighting than ever before.
Saddam Hussein was evil, but he wasn’t nearly as dangerous to us nor as destabilizing to the Middle East as what we have now.