Ed Driscoll

Fareed Butterfield Alert

“Newsweek: U.S. Uses Strong Anti-Terror Measures Despite the Lack of Another 9/11,” Patterico writes, spotting yet another classic deep-thinking moment in the MSM:


Remember when the New York Times expressed its puzzlement that the prison population was increasing “despite” the drop in crime?

I do. As I observed at the time:

This is like saying “Joe Blow has been continuing to exercise despite the fact that he has been getting in much better shape.”

Fareed Zakaria today has the terrorism equivalent of this idiocy: decrying our proactive anti-terrorist measures — which we have taken despite the fact that Al Qaeda hasn’t hit us with another 9/11.

Nine years after 9/11, can anyone doubt that Al Qaeda is simply not that deadly a threat? Since that gruesome day in 2001, once governments everywhere began serious countermeasures, Osama bin Laden’s terror network has been unable to launch a single major attack on high-value targets in the United States and Europe. While it has inspired a few much smaller attacks by local jihadis, it has been unable to execute a single one itself. . . . September 11 was a shock to the American psyche and the American system. As a result, we overreacted.

Who wants to explain it to him?

Probably best to not ask Fox Butterfield to do the job.

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