In Iran, the crackdown grows ever more brutal as the government desperately seeks to suppress dissent. In Washington and capitals around the world, attention focuses on Yemen’s increasing role as a terrorist haven. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reverses her rhetoric, acknowledging that the attempted terror attack on a Northwest Airlines plane exposed gaps in security.
And Republican leaders such as Rep. Peter Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, leap to politicize and dramatize the Detroit incident, trying to blow it up into an indictment of the entire Obama approach.
“This is an international movement of radicalization. The Obama administration came in and said we’re not going to use the word terrorism anymore, we’re going to call it man-made disasters, I think downplay the threat from terrorism,” Hoekstra said on “FOX News Sunday”.
“In reality, it’s getting much more complex,” he added. “Radicalization is alive, it’s well. They want to attack the United States, that threat is here in the United States… Homegrown terrorism, the threat to the United States is real, I think the administration has downplayed it. They need to recognize it, and identify it, and realize you have to defeat it.”
Terrorism has become part of 21st century life. But Hoekstra’s nonsense aside, there is no evidence that the administration has failed to recognize, identify and address the threat it poses. Nobody ever raised a “Mission Accomplished” banner or suggested that the danger has receded. This is no more the “fault” of the Obama administration than the shoe-bomber Richard Reid was the “fault” of the Bush administration.
We know that terrorists are going to continue to try to attack us; they will do so for years to come. This is a long-term struggle against determined foes, and it’s ridiculous to pretend otherwise.