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Defense in the Age of Jihad

Joe 145 Wrote: Apr 26, 2013 8:35 AM
I agree: You have to be able to see a threat in order to deal with it. President Obama and his supporters generally do not see jihad as a threat. Quite the contrary. He is doing everything he can to downplay that very threat.

Defense policies are not created in a vacuum. They are designed to meet threats. Over time, threats change in ways that are difficult to predict. In the past, America’s enemies generally wore uniforms and confronted American soldiers on a foreign field of battle. Today, America’s enemies may wear backwards-facing baseball caps and attack marathon runners along with the men, women, and children cheering for them on a sunny April afternoon in New England.

What happened in Boston last week was terrible and terrifying — precisely the outcome terrorists seek to achieve. But it could have been worse. It was worse on...