- I'm not clear on who handles security in Amsterdam, whether it's TSA for US flag airlines or the Dutch. Assuming it's TSA, I think we should credit their rules as successful. Apparently terrorists believe the screening process is good enough that they went to some lengths to evade the process--sewing the explosive into underwear. And the attempt to use it to bring down the plane failed, presumably because of the difficulties of turning the hidden explosive into an effective bomb. I'd compare it to a football defense like Carolina showed Sunday--effective enough to force the Giants into low-return and/or risky pass plays. If the terrorist had been able to get an effective weapon on board, it would be a different matter. And it's a separate issue of whether procedures should have identified and prevented the guy from boarding in the first place.
- I noted Sen. Lieberman now wants to attack Al Qaeda in Yemen. That's the downside of Obama's policy in Afghanistan. He may be right that his new strategy can work and avoid the problems of using lesser force. But, as long as the strategy is sold as attacking terrorism and preventing a safe haven for terrorism, it's doomed to failure. The number of failed or impaired states in the world far exceeds the capability of DOD.
Monday, December 28, 2009
The Next War and Security Works
Two thoughts coming out of the airline incident: