Monday, July 25, 2011

NY Times Opinion Piece: GOP "Domestic Zealots" are Biggest Threat to America

Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists

Liberals should remember House Republicans have passed a budget and a deficit ceiling bill. Democrats haven't done squat.
(NY Times) — If China or Iran threatened our national credit rating and tried to drive up our interest rates, or if they sought to damage our education system, we would erupt in outrage.

Well, wake up to the national security threat. Only it’s not coming from abroad, but from our own domestic extremists.

We tend to think of national security narrowly as the risk of a military or terrorist attack. But national security is about protecting our people and our national strength — and the blunt truth is that the biggest threat to America’s national security this summer doesn’t come from China, Iran or any other foreign power. It comes from budget machinations, and budget maniacs, at home. . . .

So let’s remember not only the national security risks posed by Iran and Al Qaeda. Let’s also focus on the risks, however unintentional, from domestic zealots.

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