Making the world safe for…?

There are all sorts of things going on in the real world and the blogosphere, but I haven’t been blogging because it’s finals here at Oberlin. Which isn’t to say I haven’t been thinking about interesting stuff. I am writing a paper about American foreign relations in the Twentieth Century and the doctrine of preemption for a class with Clayton Koppes. While I was reading the 2002 National Security Strategy, in which the Bush foreign policy team outlined their approach to the War on Terror, I came across this gem:

This strategy will turn adversity into opportunity. For example, emergency management systems will be better able to cope not just with terrorism but with all hazards. Our medical system will be strengthened to manage not just bioterror, but all infectious diseases and mass-casualty dangers. Our border controls will not just stop terrorists, but improve the efficient movement of legitimate traffic.

Oh yeah. I almost forgot how instrumental the Department of Homeland Security was in the federal government’s excellent handling of Hurricane Katrina.

On paper (or computer screen in this case) the text of the National Security Strategy doesn’t seem ridiculous. But in EVERY SINGLE SITUATION, it has proven to be a complete failure. Oy.  Alright, back to the grindstone.


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