Alert the PC Police: Time Calls Ft. Hood a 'Terror-Related .... Event'
It looks like the PC Police will have to put out an APB for Time Magazine's Bobby Ghosh, his layers of editors, and his managers.
First, Ghosh had the unmitigated gall to write an item called "Domestic Terror Incidents Hit a Peak in 2009." In it, he notes that the "2009 saw an unprecedented surge in terror 'events' on U.S. soil." Clearly Ghosh doesn't understand that we're in a new era where the rest of the world reflexively loves us, thanks to our ever-apologetic president.
Ghosh compounded his error by saying that the November killings at a U.S. military base were t-t-t- .... terror-related:
.... by the calculations of Rand Corporation expert Brian Jenkins, more terrorist threats were uncovered in the U.S. during 2009 than in any year since 2001.
"There appears to be an increase in [terrorist] activity in the U.S.," warns Jenkins, who calculates that there have been 32 terror-related "events" on these shores since 9/11, and that 12 of those occurred in 2009.
Some of the more noteworthy "events" of 2009:
.... In November, Maj. Nidal Hasan, the son of Palestinian immigrants who had grown up in the U.S., was accused of going on a shooting spree at Fort Hood, killing 13 and wounding 30.
Keith Olbermann --who has obsessively gone after anyone and everyone who tries to claim that the Ft. Hood killings were terror-related, including Dana Perino several weeks ago -- call your office.
Ghosh does throw a bone to the PC crowd when he asserts, while providing only one example, that "the American Muslim community has become better at nipping potential threats in the bud."
But the math is pretty stark. In the seven-plus years from 9/11/01 to the end of last year, there were 20 "events" (32 total minus this year's 12). That's an average of less than three a year. This year's total more than quadruples that Bush era average. One might argue that many of the thwarted plots are never made public, but even if that's the case, there's no reason to believe that this occurred with more annual frequency during Bush 43's tenure than it has during Barack Obama's first year.
It would appear that kowtowing, bowing, and apologizing the rest of the world are not cost-free exercises, but instead embolden those who would capitalize on perceived weakness.
Also noted at BizzyBlog.com (fourth item at link).