October 21, 2009, - 12:13 pm
As longtime readers know, I was a frequent critic of the Bush administration’s lax attitudes when it came to protecting us and our borders. Whether it was the fact that the Bushies never began inspecting most cargo containers entering the U.S. or that they wasted valuable time, instead, pandering to and promoting extremist Muslims. And, yes, even when it came to the bioterror threat, something I frequently mentioned during the Bush Administration. That includes the fact that the Bushies were lax on who got HazMat hauling certificates and finally raided (far too late) and prosecuted truck driving schools where a huge percentage of the students were Mid-Eastern illegal aliens who cheated on exams.
Now, however, we learn from a bipartisan report that the Obama Administration is in even worse shape. It’s alarming, especially since we know that bioterror attacks have long been in Al-Qaeda’s plans and attempts (and are detailed in its documents and manuals).
The Obama administration is . . . failing to address the more urgent and immediate threat of biological terrorism, a bipartisan commission created by Congress is reporting today.
The report . . . cites failures on biosecurity policy by the White House, which the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction says has left the country vulnerable. The commission, created last year to address concerns raised by post-9/11 investigations, warns that anthrax spores released by a crop-duster could “kill more Americans than died in World War II” and the economic impact could exceed $1.8 trillion in cleanup and other costs.
The government’s efforts “have not kept pace with the increasing capabilities and agility of those who would do harm to the United States,” the report says. “The consequences of ignoring these warnings could be dire.” Says commission Chairman Bob Graham, a Democratic former senator from Florida: “The clock is ticking.” . . .
Among the commission’s criticisms:
President Obama’s National Security Council has no senior political appointees with a biodefense background. “That was not the case in the Clinton and Bush administrations,” the report says. . . .
Commission Vice Chairman Jim Talent, a Republican former senator from Missouri, says: “The fact is, it is only getting easier and cheaper to develop and use biological weapons. … It is essential that the U.S. government move more aggressively.”
Feel safe? Only if you’re a complete moron. And the same went for the last 8 years.
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