PCR has turn out two blistering commentaries recently. I think advancing age has given PCR license to just let fly without regard for consequences or who he offends. As a result he goes too far and over states things at times, but he also tells truths few other are willing to tell so straight-forwardly. BTW, I don’t know if PCR still considers himself a conservative. His writing increasingly is posted at left-wing sites, and he is merciless in his criticism of conservatives. He is also publicly embracing conspiracy theories.
First here is “Is the War on Terror a Hoax?” Read it.
I would not say that the threat of terrorism is entirely a hoax, because I don’t believe it is, and if you say that many people will just tune out everything you say after that. But I would say that the threat of terrorism has been vastly overblown. PCR makes a point I have made before. If you are a terrorist in America why would you try to blow up the Pentagon with a model airplane? That is just silly. There are many soft targets that could easily be attacked and there is nothing we could do to prevent it short of a completely locked down police state. Why no suicide bombers at the local mall? Why no car bombs outside the local kindergarten? If Muslims are such an unmitigable menace then why aren’t our home grown Muslims not out bombing targets on a routine basis? The sad fact is that modern Western society corrupts Muslims just like it corrupts Christians. The average Westernized Muslim young man is more interested in surfing the net for porn and getting it on with his girlfriend who dresses just as hoochie mama as the neighborhood “Christian” girls than he is committing acts of terror in the name of jihad. That’s not to say that there aren’t radicalized Muslims, but there aren’t as many or they aren’t as radical as the Muslim phobes would have us believe or else things would be blowing up around us all the time. (The Fort Hood shooter is a good example of the havoc that can be wrought by small scale acts of terror.)
Second here is “The Day America Died.”
This article is about the assassination of al-Awlaki. The assassination was illegitimate in the way it was done, although I don’t rule out the possibility of declaring war against Al-Qaeda and then treating people like al-Awlaki as irregular enemy combatants. I concede, however, that there isn’t an entirely clean way to do this since everyone in Al-Qaeda is an irregular combatant by definition. I also would be leery about using a declaration of war against al-Qaeda as an excuse to continue meddling. Any declaration of war should accompany our hasty disengagement from the region.
But PCR makes a point here that I was meaning to make and hadn’t gotten around to. (You’ll have to trust me on that I guess.) Since an executive order by Reagan we are theoretically not supposed to covertly attempt to assassinate anyone. Now whether this was just rhetorical window dressing and assassinations have been sanctioned since I don’t know, but that is our public stance nonetheless. But just for the sake of the argument, theoretically of course, if the US did decide it needed to covertly assassinate someone, then we should KEEP OUR BIG MOUTHS SHUT about it. (Al-Awlaki is dead? Really? I don’t know anything about that.) Calling a press conference and announcing you just assassinated someone is unseemly and couter-productive, and proves that the War on Terror is as much about PR as it is stopping terrorism.
Before some readers write to declare that Awlaki’s murder is no big deal because the US government has always had people murdered, keep in mind that CIA assassinations were of foreign opponents and were not publicly proclaimed events, much less a claim by the president to be above the law. Indeed, such assassinations were denied, not claimed as legitimate actions of the President of the United States.