Nuance: Terrorism or Man-Caused Disaster?

This is the first posting in a while about the War on Terror. That’s not because the War is over, rather it’s because President Obama doesn’t want to engage in it.

According to the new secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Nepalitano, the Obama Administration wants to move away from the “politics of fear?” Yes. Because when we watched the towers fall, it was really the “politics of fear” and not terrorism that shook us to the core. Wonderful.

    Instead of referring to threats from terrorists, Janet Napolitano is referring in her speeches to man-caused disasters. In an interview, a reporter for Germany’s Spiegel Online asked Napolitano whether her avoidance of the term terrorism means that Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose[es] a threat to your country?

    Of course it does, Napolitano replied. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word terrorism, I referred to man-caused disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

I’m sure the terrorists are reassured.

Note: This was picked up in the German media and in this Newsmax Article. Haven’t heard much anywhere else.

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