Homeland Security

Terror in Brussels, Warning Sign for Washington

The Brussels attacks remind us that transnational terrorists have not lost their taste for weapons of mass disruption and coordinated terror strikes that can paralyze a city.

Cities like Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles remain tops on the terror wish list.

It is true that the U.S. is a much harder target than it was on 9/11. Further, the extremists networks in countries like France, Belgium and the United Kingdom are more extensive than they are here in the United States. But that is cold comfort. The terrorists are not going to stop trying to get here.

There is no better time than now to ask the White House for our Department of Homeland Security back. After 9/11, the department was created to defeat transnational terrorism threats. Under Obama it has been tasked with everything but. The Oval Office largely views Homeland Security as its primary instrument for implementing amnesty for illegal aliens. The department also has initiatives for dealing with global warming and implementing green-energy policies. What it does not have is a laser-like focus on not being the laughing stock of the federal government and doing its primary jobs—enforcing the law, protecting our borders and making life miserable for Islamist terrorists.

There is no question but that the next president needs to give the department a better set of marching orders. Hopefully that will happen before a Brussels-like attack happens here.