Rand at Transterrestrial Musings notes that, by arming pilots and armoring cockpits, we’re actually facilitating the job of the rumored terrorist-pilots. He then goes on to lambast the administration (our “fearless/feckless leaders”) for playing right into the hands of the terrorists.
But this administration continues to treat the people like a herd, rather than a pack, and so in the next incident, they may leave us even more defenseless, not only unable to save themselves, but this time, unable to save the White House or the Capitol Building.
And if the residents of those locations die, they’ll fully deserve it for their elite arrogance and insufficient faith in the ability of free men to defend themselves and their country.
That’s a pretty strong statement, there.
He does raise some excellent points, and I recommend that you check out the post and read the comments.
However, the story goes that possible terrorist/pilots fly for FOREIGN arilines. We have a certain amount of control over who flies for US airlines, and I would hope that we step that process up a notch (or three.)
We can’t screen pilots for foreign airlines, of course, but the administration’s post-9/11 plans (like arming pilots and armoring cockpits) don’t apply to foreign airlines anyway.
If we can’t deal with this correctly (doing unto them before they do unto us) we’re going to have to hope passengers manage to pull of a Flight 93, and/or we’ll have to be ready to blow that plane out of the sky when it deviates from its flight plan.
Or, as another commenter on the post asks, what if the foreign terrorist-pilot is flying a cargo plane? A load of boxes isn’t a pack OR a herd.
To fault the administration’s strategy doesn’t really address the fact that OUR armed and armored pilots aren’t the ones we probably need to worry about, anyway. (via Instapundit)