by Greg Cain
There's an old joke about a farmer who decides that his donkey is too fat. He cuts the animal's feed, and marvels that the critter gets just as much work done as before. He cuts the feed even more, and still is able to plow his fields. Eventually, he stops feeding the donkey altogether, and a few days later, it falls over in the field and dies. The farmer then kicks the dead donkey, screaming "You ungrateful animal! I teach you how to work without eating, and you fail me when I need you the most!"
Word has been trickling out for some time of various hints about the attacks on September 11, 2001, hints which were never acted on or even understood. The one good thing for the CIA and FBI is that now the media are pointing their fingers at the Bush Administration (after all, it's an election year), demanding probes and answers and trying to unseat Duhhh-bya with the spectacle. However, those who are making the most noise are the ones who worked the hardest to starve the intelligence "donkey" in the years when we needed them the most, and most of the information was presented during (surprise!) the days of the Clintoon Administration.
You remember the Clintoons, don't you? Those were the folks who were offered Osama bin Laden on a silver platter, and did nothing about it, because the President's Husband was too busy trying to prove that politics make bedfellows strange. Even today, John Kerry believes that the terrorist threat is "an exaggeration" and wants to return to the Clintoon-era treatment of terrorism as a law-enforcement problem, rather than a issue of national security.
On Kerry's own website, he condemns the Bush Administration for having a cooperative relationship with the government of Saudi Arabia (who sent a plane for the bin Laden family,) condemns our not pressuring "the Saudi regime to reform" because we are "hostage to Saudi oil," then promises to "create a real partnership with Saudi Arabia against terrorism." All of that was in one essay, reinforcing the belief that John Kerry has more personalities living in one skull than did Sybil. But this certainly points up the hypocrisy of most of those who are condemning the intelligence community for not having prevented the hijackings of those four airliners on 9/11.
Three of the four planes found their targets, killing thousands of people, in an operation planned and rehearsed largely during the Clintoon years. One plane did not, but this was because the passengers refused to follow the "Cooperate and give them what they want" party line of the poltroons who are now trying to blame Duhhh-bya for the whole thing. Shoe-bomber Rich-ard Reeve would have succeeded if his fellow passengers had followed the party line. And would a Kerry or Clintoon White House have given in to the European airlines, who tried to pressure the Bush Administration over the issue of armed sky marshals?
As far back as Jimmy Carter, the intelligence agencies were being starved, then condemned for not being able to plow the whole field. At the time of the invasion of the US Embassy in Tehran, years of Carter Administration budget cuts had shredded the ability of the CIA to gather intelligence in the Middle East. Even the (then-new) relationship between the United States and Egypt was not able to make up for the fact that we didn't have anyone able to speak Farsi, the common dialect of the Iranians with predictable results. The Embassy invasion was only a surprise because we couldn't read the newspaper editorials or the pamphlets which telegraphed the intent of the "college students." We didn't have the manpower to follow up on rumors, especially when the Bunnynator and his minions were confident that nobody would ever take over the sovereign grounds of an American Embassy. That miscalculation made Carter the only Democratic president elected during the entire 20th century to lose a re-election bid. Interestingly, the Mujahedin-e Khalq ("People's Mujaheddin"), who were key players in the Embassy invasion, moved their base of operations to Baghdad, when even the Ayatolla Khomeini decided that they were too radical but the same people who confuse the CIA with CNN still claim that SoDamn Insane had no links to terrorism. Many people are uncomfortable that there has to be an intelligence community in the first place. There is always the fear that secret agencies will evolve into tools of tyrants against their own people.
Some things make death look inviting. It isn't enough to hear rumor, or get reports. It is necessary to collate that information, then put it into the right place in the puzzle, then guess what it really means. This is a time consuming process (imagine having to write the Bible using words clipped out of a newspaper then swirled around in a bucket,) and you have to pay the people who do it. Sometimes they will reach the wrong conclusion, sometimes they will miss an important clue, or dismiss it. But these people don't do this intentionally, and when they fail, well, they aren't happy about it. It isn't a political game, it isn't merely "film at 11," they know that there is something that they could have done differently, something that they didn't get right, and someone else had to pay for it.
Since we need them, maybe it's a good idea to make sure that we get the best and brightest minds to do the work, then not spend our time second-guessing them. Like in our story, the farmer's job was just to guide the donkey on the right course, not to micromanage him. Unlike the farmer, we have to watch the donkey work but not starve him to death.
I have reason to believe that, if not for our intelligence people, there would have been follow up attacks against American cities. For those attacks not to take place shows that the system works.
Christians do not need to fear a Kerry presidency or a Hillary presidency or any other presidency. The only fear that should consume their hearts is the fear of God! Remember, the Scripture says, "The fear of man (even Democrats) bringeth a snare" (Proverbs 29:25).