Although it’s a deadly serious subject, there’s an enormous amount of irony in this:
The top U.S. diplomat in Pakistan says the Obama administration does not know how many Americans might have disappeared overseas to train with al-Qaida or other terrorist groups.
The number is not thought to be large, but Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson outlined a possible “nightmare scenario” — people holding U.S. passports receiving terrorist training then returning legally to the U.S. to commit violent acts.
She said in a speech Friday to the Pacific Council in Los Angeles that the U.S. is working with Pakistan and other governments to figure out how to identify such people.
One of the big reasons why I can’t uncritically accept the left today is that I remember them back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. That experience keeps coming back at me.
Ambassador Patterson is obviously referring to Americans radicalised by al-Qaeda style Islamic radicalism. But years ago we had radicals that blew things up, killed people and planned the overthrow of the government. With a few exceptions, they didn’t need to go anywhere to get their radicalisation or training. They got it right here at home.
They stayed at home too, after the fun was over. People like William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn burrowed themselves in the “system” and made a difference. Today those kinds of radicals can be found in the White House.
Personally, I think it’s duplicitous for them to track down al-Qaeda types. But our country relies on their duplicity to keep itself safe. Not a happy situation indeed.