Dana Milbank's column in today's Washington Post discusses the muted response of the pols to the Boston Marathon bombing, and how the conversation on both the House and Senate floors now moves on and back to the usual normalcy and current hot topics of the day, gun control and immigration reform.
On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb detonated at the World Trade Center in New York City. On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center twin towers imploded through an act of terrorism.
Al-Qaeda may or may not be involved in Monday's bombing, but one thing we can all be sure of is that they're watching. They're watching our police response, medical response, government response. They're learning. They're waiting.
As immigration reform moves to center stage again, one can only imagine the number of Al-Qaeda operatives who have entered the US through Mexico forming sleeper cells throughout the United States. As far back as 2005, probably even earlier, the warnings were being sounded.
"I'm worried about our border," Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona said at a March 17 Senate hearing on threats facing the US. "We have now hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who are crossing illegally every year. And we are now seeing a larger number of people cross our southern border who are from countries of interest as opposed to just Latin American [countries]."
The "countries of interest" that Senator McCain refers to are those so designated by the US government as known to house radical, if not terrorist, groups."
Amazing, isn't it, how the issue of handling security internally within US borders, is left out of the national discussion, especially by the "Gang of Eight." Rather, it's about which political party will bring the largest number of Hispanic voters into its fold. In fact, border security, comes second behind legalization.
Then we have the gun control debate. Some legislators across the United States are fighting for increased universal background checks and databases, while others want gun control through taxation, legislation or confiscation. Meanwhile, Americans gun owners, after watching the aftermath of Boston, Benghazi (remember Benghazi?) New York, know exactly why gun rights and the Second Amendment are so important to not only themselves but to the national interest.
Our leaders hesitate to call acts of terror for what they are. They ask us to report to law authorities if we see something suspicious, but that depends if we can do so without being accused of racial profiling or bigotry. And let's not forget, "GM is alive and bin Laden is dead."
Monday evening, former Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary, Tom Ridge, in an media interview, said, "we have watches, they have time." Unfortunately, for many Americans, time is already running out.