We’re not ALL stupid

Americans wary of terror readiness

According to a new study, Americans aren’t confident that the government could handle a serious terrorist attack.

THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY study, released Monday, found 46 percent of those surveyed believed authorities could “respond effectively” to a biological, chemical or nuclear attack, down from 53 percent last year. The drop was most dramatic among New Yorkers, from 53 percent to 36 percent.
More than half of New Yorkers lacked confidence security was adequate at airports, compared with 41 percent of Americans nationally.

You mean after all that duct tape and plastic sheeting, we’re STILL not ready?

I’ve only traveled a little, but what I’ve seen passing for security is pretty pathetic. For all the talk of money spent upgrading police and fire departments, many officers and firefighters haven’t seen any change since 09/10/01.

[Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness] Redlener said the drops in confidence might be related to “what is happening and how it is perceived by the public.” For instance, the anthrax attacks have not been solved and the nation’s smallpox program “collapsed” for lack of a delivery system even though enough vaccine existed for all Americans.

It’s sort of like asking what would the government do if an asteroid were going to hit the earth? In the cases of both another major terror attack and an imminent asteroid collision, our response would probably involve firing nuclear missiles.

To be honest, I don’t know why the President’s opponents aren’t using this against him more. I’m a fairly strong supporter of Bush, and I totally agree with our policy toward Iraq, but this homeland security thing is a mess. I believe that the best way to fight terrorism is to take the battle to them (like we’re doing in Iraq), because defenses are always lagging behind offenses. But I wish we’d at least make an effort.