re: "Respectable Anti-Semitism"
"Note his blithe assurance that fears of further assaults against America or Americans are mere phantasms -- that to concern oneself with the possibility marks one as paranoid, perhaps dangerously so. You'd think that one who lives in the Islamists' preferred target city, most of whose other residents are aware of Fort Dix, the Maryland snipers, the two attacks on the World Trade Center and the rooftop celebrations of them on the other side of the Hudson, might allow for a smidgen of doubt about that."
This is the luxury enjoyed by the protected, who are guarded so well and so invisibly that they effortlessly slip back to the "9/10" mindset.
"America has been fortunate, these seven years since Black Tuesday, to have averted any further mass attacks on its shores. Actually, "fortunate" isn't quite the right word. We've been quite capably protected by the deployment of a simple yet brilliant strategy: take the fight to the enemy's home turf. Our armed forces have gone to the homelands of the jihadist forces and have given them, if you'll pardon the expression, holy hell. Our expeditionary forces have drawn Islamist militancy back to its home, simultaneously concentrating our enemies where they can be dispatched en masse, keeping them away from America's homeland and civilian population, and liberating 50 million people from two of the worst totalitarian dictatorships ever to afflict this unhappy planet."
Some two million Americans serve in uniform at any given moment. Even when you add in the tens of thousands of reservists and guardsmen who've served since 9/11, plus all those who've been discharged (most honorably) or retired, and all those who've been wounded or killed; it's still only a fraction of the population of New York City alone. What a wonder so relatively few Americans have wrought!
"Had it not been for the swift and effective mobilization of America's military and security forces, there's no telling what further strikes al-Qaeda and its affiliates might have mounted against the United States. There had already been enough thrusts against us extraterritorially to give a thinking man pause. Because no such events have occurred here since 9/11, the microcephalics among us -- they dislike to be called "liberals;" apparently the word has acquired some unpleasant connotations -- have luxuriated in blissful denial of the threat from Islam-powered terrorism."
Many of us (myself included) have long thought our mobilization would have been more effective had it been, well, more.