Notes From Babel

Water, Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink

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With the federal government’s surge in spending and incessant auditioning to take over a sixth of the national economy and act as interlocutor between individuals and their health care, it’s more than a little disconcerting that our president is having trouble getting his underlings to “connect the dots” to execute the only real duty in his job description—to protect the country.  Government will soon enough be everywhere, except the one place it was designed to be.

This afternoon, my Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor, John Brennan, will discuss his review into our terrorist watchlist system — how our government failed to connect the dots in a way that would have prevented a known terrorist from boarding a plane for America, and the steps we’re going to take to prevent that from happening again.

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In sum, the U.S. government had the information — scattered throughout the system — to potentially uncover this plot and disrupt the attack.  Rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had.

One wonders whether the physician advisory boards the president envisions at the cornerstone of his new government health regime might fail to “connect the dots” when it comes to determining what health care procedures and unnecessary and thus unavailable to Americans.

Written by Tim Kowal

January 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Posted in Politics

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