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Whether it is politically correct or not, the fact remains that since the horrors of 9/11 happened in America, Islamic terrorists have murdered thousands of innocent men, women, and children in Israel, India, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Tunesia, Morocco, Spain, England, the Philippines, Bali, Saudia Arabia, Somalia, Turkey and Russia. Despite what our president wants to call these terrorists they are at war with America and they are not common criminals or petty thieves who robbed a convenience store or stole someone's purse. They want to destroy America, and if they ever got their hands on a weapon of mass destruction they would not hesitate to use it against us. They murdered 3,000 innocent people on 9/11 but would have been delighted if they could have murdered 300,000 or 3 million.

Our current administration believes it is fine to Mirandize those who are at war with us. Instead of our military and FBI being able to learn what other plots might be in the works or more about the training the terrorist from Nigeria received, his lawyer has advised him to remain silent. We seem to be more worried about the rights of foreigners who want to destroy us than the innocent Americans they want to kill. After all, we have a president who refuses to acknowledge that Islamic terror exists and a Homeland Security director who refers to these "incidents" as "man-made disasters" rather than terrorism and who believes the system worked fine in preventing almost 300 people from being killed. It did work fine, as long as we can rely on citizens from Denmark being on our planes, jumping over three rows of seats and disarming the terrorists before their bomb explodes!

Jewish and Christian terrorists are not going around the world trying to murder as many people as they can--Islamic terrorists are, and in more than twenty countries since our own 9/11. The overwhelming majority of these people come from certain countries where these people are trained and indoctrinated with hatred against Western civilization and the outrage should not be that we are targeting these countries for extra security scrutiny. The outrage should be that it took us more than eight years to do this. We have a choice in our country between being politically correct and risking the lives of our citizens or doing the right thing and preventing future 9/11s that may dwarf what happened before in the number of their casualties. The number-one responsibility of the president is not the economy, the enviroment, or healthcare, but is and always will be the security and safety of the American people, and it's time this administration put the people of this country first.

Mark Jeffery Koch

Cherry Hill, NJ

Jan 5 2010 - 8:36am

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What do the following countries have in common? Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan.

All of them are China’s neighbors. The number of wars that China is waging is zero. In contrast, the USA borders two countries and is waging two foreign wars.

Beijing didn’t feel threatened by any of those countries, although they sit just across the border. Washington, DC, sits on other side of the Pacific Ocean but panicked anyway.

If those countries were a real threat to the world, we would be doing China’s dirty work. If those countries weren’t a threat at all, then we would be harming ourselves.

Whatever option is correct, the White House is wrong.

Kenan Porobic

Charlotte, NC

Jan 4 2010 - 3:51pm

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Does this mean our national security rests in the hands of the "fashionistas"--the "fashion police"?

G. Lurie

Budapest, Hungary

Dec 31 2009 - 7:21am

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Both sides of the struggle, military and law -enforcement, are totally necessary, and between them, will probably last another forty to fifty years.

Of the list of eighty-four "insurgency wars" since 1850, most have been won by the central government, especially when it has foreign support. The average length is eleven and three-fourths years, with a dozen over twenty and several over fifty. Obviously, like the problems in Yemen, Phillipines and Somalia, we will have a long series, probably including a dozen more to match Afghanistan and Iraq.

We did not choose this, but we must defend ourselves and our allies.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, PA

Dec 31 2009 - 12:32am

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Wow, this last attempted terror attack has brought on a funny stream of consciousness from columnists and pundits. The right is saying the president is treating this like a criminal matter and the left says he's treating it as a military matter. Strange. Mr. Obama seems to bring out contradictions and half truths on both sides. Mr. Scheer has failed to mention that the war on "terrorism" is carried out by both military and law enforcement agencies around the world. The foiled plots in Chicago, New York etc, were caught by the FBI and local law enforcement. There are people in law enforcement all across this country quietly keeping their ear to the ground and on the look out for terror plots.

We had a chance to treat all terrorism like a criminal matter, like the first World Trade bombers; unfortunately, America (rightly) wanted blood and G.W. Bush was ready to crank up the military industrial machine. Mr. Scheer seems to forget the mood of the country at that time. Too bad we were a bit over-zealous invading Iraq.

Afghanistan is unfortunate because we could have wrapped things up there four or five years ago. Because of neglect is it has become a necessary war. I'm no hawk, I want us to leave now, but that would be reckless and malicious. Leaving now will give the enemy a base of support and they will slaughter thousands of innocent people to regain control of the country. The Taliban and Al Qaeda may not be mutually exclusive, but they have been working together to destroy the coalition forces and the fledgling Afghan government. I'm so tired of the Vietnam references. It's not Vietnam, that comparison is an intellectually lazy talking point. Granted there are some parallels, but each war can stand on its on. I support Obama's decision to escalate the war. The coalition has to regain order so we can leave. At least Obama is focusing his strategy, demanding progress and eying some sort of exit strategy; as an Air Force veteran, I (and surely the whole military) take some comfort in an endgame.

As far as the full-body scans go it's not as simple as you make it out to be. Civil liberty groups, privacy hawks and ordinary citizens find the prospect of TSA agents looking at them naked disturbing. They definitely don't want their children subjected to it. Congress, in a rare bipartisan moment, decided against these scanners with overwhelming public support.

It's also a bit disingenuous to say that just because the father of the Nigerian man went to the US Embassy with some vague proclamation about his son being an extremist he should have immediately set off red flags and been put on the no-fly list. The US government gets thousands of tips everyday. There are over 500,000 people on various lists. They have to exercise some discretion in determining whose name goes on the no-fly list. It sounds like good idea, though, in hind sight, like so many things.

S.J. Lawrence

Detroit, MI

Dec 30 2009 - 10:39pm

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The Obama administration should cut the defense budget by the exact amount required to install body scanners at all US airports and all international airports that are departure points to the US.

Devi Sangara

Vancouver, , BC, Canada

Dec 30 2009 - 10:35pm

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