A win/win situation

Published: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 2, 2004 at 11:28 p.m.

Let me think about this. The Department of National Homeland Security, with much media fanfare, raised the security level to the second highest level - an Orange Alert. I am sure the administrators of the department were delighted to have an opportunity to exercise their extensive training. As for the rest of us, we are told to "be more alert and go on with our plans and our spending."

For al-Qaeda, it is a win/win situation. If they manage to launch an attack, the system failed; if they do not attack, they exact a significant cost and weaken the system for future alerts. What are we supposed to do if they raise the level to Red? Be yet more alert or run for the hills? Meanwhile the system is so poorly developed that Wyoming gets funding of $8 per person and New York state gets funding of $3 per person.

If Osama bin Laden is caught, will we disband the department or will all those employees continue to hold meetings, write memorandum and search for appearances of work?

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