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Fareed Zakaria: Al-Qaeda Not Really A Big Deal, Americans ‘Overreacted’ To 9/11
Mediaite.com ^ | 09/06/2010 | Frances Martel

Posted on 09/06/2010 12:42:01 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

Fareed Zakaria warns in Newsweek that Al-Qaeda was significantly more incompetent that Americans believed in the aftermath of 9/11, and the result is a “national-security state” that threatens civil liberties. Any other time of year, comments like this would be controversial at best, especially from the mild-mannered Zakaria. So close to the anniversary of the most painful event in recent American history, it borders on the callous.

In one of his final columns in Newsweek (Zakaria will be soon moving to Time), Zakaria questions whether the American government should have increased spending in national security after 9/11, since “Al Qaeda is simply not that deadly a threat.” He notes that the US spends “more than the rest of the world spends put together” and that the Department of Homeland Security and it’s satellite organizations “produce 50,000 reports a year—136 a day!—which of course means few ever get read.” Imagine that– the United States spends more money on national security than other countries; given the open-endedness of his point, this means we should probably be shocked that the US is spending more money on national security than, say, Switzerland or Vanuatu.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alqaeada; binladen; fareedzakaria; terror; terrorism
I wonder if this level of stupidity actually causes Mr. Zakaria any physical discomfort. Does his stupid really burn?
1 posted on 09/06/2010 12:42:04 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Id like to meet up with him in a dark alley/just sayin....


2 posted on 09/06/2010 12:42:35 PM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: OldDeckHand

Fareed Zakaria is prime example of an idiot and his idiocy.... =.=


3 posted on 09/06/2010 12:43:07 PM PDT by cranked
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To: OldDeckHand

Does that put Zkaria on the same page as Rauf? Hamas?


4 posted on 09/06/2010 12:43:37 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: OldDeckHand

Would he say the same thing if the holy moon rock at Meccca were bombed?


5 posted on 09/06/2010 12:44:23 PM PDT by packrat35 (I got your tag line..)
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To: OldDeckHand
What a POS he is. Probably cheers the Atrocities each year.

TIME and NEWSWEEK are scum to have given him 1 cent.

6 posted on 09/06/2010 12:45:20 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: OldDeckHand

Zakaria has always been a Bin Laden apologist. Typical muzzie...


7 posted on 09/06/2010 12:45:44 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: OldDeckHand
Any other time of year, comments like this would be controversial at best, especially from the mild-mannered Zakaria. So close to the anniversary of the most painful event in recent American history, it borders on the callous.

I don't buy this for a second. Americans are adults, we can discuss this most important of issues at any time, we don't turn all timid and weepy when discussing national security.

Zakaria is yet another moron who speaks from the secure position of lefty living under the very security he so disdains. No surprise coming from someone who writes for Newsweek.

8 posted on 09/06/2010 12:47:06 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. -- written by Robert Towne)
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To: cranked

No he is a muslim terrorist working in the Govt Media which includes ALL of TV which supports hussein and Islam.

Rush and Savage - I give them credit for pointing out the fact the entire media and ALL of TV are for the islamics due to investors in all the TV networks from Islamic countries.

Meanwhile Joe Six Pack watches the national felons league and NCAA which fawn over The Iman while he drinks beer and shoves corn cobs up his ........

A nation of idiots brainwashed by TV.


9 posted on 09/06/2010 12:48:52 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: OldDeckHand

What a moron....9-11 didn’t occur in a vacuum: it was the last straw.


10 posted on 09/06/2010 12:48:54 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: OldDeckHand

Those poor soles jumping to their death from the towers were overacting too?


11 posted on 09/06/2010 12:49:48 PM PDT by ColdOne
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To: OldDeckHand

It’s both pathetic and amusing that this numbskull talks about the incompetence/ineffectiveness of AQ without ever mention what George Bush DID to all islamoterroists in Iraq when he set up a flypaper state and attracted (and killed) them by the tens of thousands. Their best and brightest, there dumbest and lamest, and everyone in between... an army of would-be America-attackers died in Iraq.

It’s sad that so many of our guys had to die too, and it’s doubly sad that Bush could never articulate his policy above the lame and unbelievable “democracy for muzzies”... but the fact remains: to the extent that islamoterrorists are weak today, it’s due to the war in Iraq where so many of them died.


12 posted on 09/06/2010 12:52:19 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: All

soles=souls, sorry I get so upset at this bunch.


13 posted on 09/06/2010 12:52:35 PM PDT by ColdOne
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To: OldDeckHand

Yet the left/MSM et al can’t understand why there just might be some anti-Muslim feelings in this country


14 posted on 09/06/2010 12:52:46 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (NO MOS-que AP: It's the "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE")
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To: ColdOne

There is an element of truth.

Are we safer because we created a dept of homeland security?

Are our borders more secure?


15 posted on 09/06/2010 12:54:29 PM PDT by nvcdl
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To: OldDeckHand

Maybe he should tell that to the 3,000+ families who lost family members and friends that day. I bet if he were in the towers that day he wouldn’t have made such a ridiculous statement. Unfortunately there is no cure for stupid


16 posted on 09/06/2010 12:54:50 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: OldDeckHand

Fareed Zakaria: Al-Qaeda Not Really A Big Deal, Americans ‘Overreacted’ To 9/11”

He overreacted too ... danced all night ...


17 posted on 09/06/2010 12:54:56 PM PDT by jessduntno (Flush the Grand Old Potty. Change it top to bottom. Conservatives only.)
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To: OldDeckHand

I would say any group that can train and plan undetected for 3 years and successfully hijack 4 planes to be used as weapons..... crash 3 of them into their targets killing more people and totally destroying the buildings (far surpassing their expectation)..... then have the 4th plane fail only because the passengers had cell phones and knew what was going on.....I would say that that group “ is simply not that deadly a threat”


18 posted on 09/06/2010 12:55:03 PM PDT by woofie
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To: OldDeckHand
a “national-security state” that threatens civil liberties

No, I'll tell you what threatens civil liberties:

1. American local and state governments that have stated a willingness to look the other way at sharia law matters. They're endorsing the freedom of fathers and husbands to rape, torture, and set their female family members on fire.

2. The refusal to acknowledge women in Iraq being able to vote, get an education past junior high, and participate in government for the first time EVER. It's more important to frame the killing of ba'athists, who are responsible for the torture-murder of thousands each, as an "atrocity". The liberation of 30 million people is a "war crime".

3. Whenever a muslim country puts down an uprising that kills tens of thousands of people, the islamic leaders worldwide are dead silent. Have any comment, Fareed? How about the stonings in Iran, any comment there?

Fareed Zakaria is total garbage and so is his "religion".

19 posted on 09/06/2010 12:56:19 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: jessduntno

But of course being upset that some church a half a world away is burning Korans isn’t overreacting.


20 posted on 09/06/2010 12:56:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jessduntno

We overreacted to Pearl Harbor too I bet.


21 posted on 09/06/2010 12:57:21 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: OldDeckHand
I suppose then, by his twisted logic, that any crime perpetrated upon him, from a simple shove to assault with a deadly weapon & beyond, does not warrant a call to 9-1-1 (pun intended).

After all, if an act of war is "no big deal", then certainly the "lesser crimes" perpetrated upon Zakaria mean nothing to him.

So, to all the criminals out there! Feel free to enrich your lifestyle at the expense of Fareed. It's no big deal to him.

22 posted on 09/06/2010 12:57:30 PM PDT by kromike
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To: dfwgator

“But of course being upset that some church a half a world away is burning Korans isn’t overreacting.”

How many ours has he done on that now? 2, 3?


23 posted on 09/06/2010 12:58:01 PM PDT by jessduntno (Flush the Grand Old Potty. Change it top to bottom. Conservatives only.)
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To: screaminsunshine

“We overreacted to Pearl Harbor too I bet.”

We did. However, when we allow the Japanese to build a shrine on top of the Memorial, we’ll be Jake with the world again.


24 posted on 09/06/2010 12:59:32 PM PDT by jessduntno (Flush the Grand Old Potty. Change it top to bottom. Conservatives only.)
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To: OldDeckHand

I grow very weary of liberals like Harvard/Yale-educated Indian Muslims lecturing Americans about how Americans should behave. This pompous s.o.b. really annoys me!


25 posted on 09/06/2010 1:00:38 PM PDT by Bernard Marx (I donÂ’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: OldDeckHand

He has a point, but indirectly. Our government did indeed focus on security, but neither Bush nor Obama secured the borders. We haven’t fixed the diversity lotteries, or the tracking of those here on temporary visas, or on a longer term basis, the anchor baby problem. So, we let in terrorist after terrorist, not to mention freeloader after freeloader. We don’t know which of our neighbors we can trust, because we don’t know who they are. To compensate, we have to over-react within our borders, with disagreeable results.

We know there’s a threat, but our response is unbalanced, not to mention largely administered by idiots such as Janet Neapolitano and Eric Holder. To use a biological analogy, we leave the skin cuts untreated and flood the body’s internals with harsh antibiotics and purgatives.


26 posted on 09/06/2010 1:01:25 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: OldDeckHand

My son over-reacted with his M249 Squad Automatic Weapon many times when he was deployed in Iraq. And here, all the insurgent fighters did was drop screaming.

Yeah, I guess you’re right.


27 posted on 09/06/2010 1:01:30 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Fareed Zakaria is Muslim Brotherhood. He’s been singing this tune for some time. He is a 5th columnist pure and simple.

He has also written sympathetically about the regime in Iran and its election system.

Zakaria is a bad guy. He’s not dumb. He is on the other side.


28 posted on 09/06/2010 1:08:06 PM PDT by LSUfan
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To: OldDeckHand
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fareed_Zakaria

A moslem with a Yale/Harvard pedigree. He is worth reading because he defines what our putative ruling class wants us to hear.

29 posted on 09/06/2010 1:09:09 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: jimbo123

Zakaria should be sent to Gitmo.


30 posted on 09/06/2010 1:09:38 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The rallying cry of American patriots.....REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Enough of this idiocy. The guy thinks we shouldn’t react when 3,000 people are murdered in cold blood on our soil? Al Qaeda declared war on us five years before 9/11. They are the ones who were overreacting. There is simply no justification for what they did.


31 posted on 09/06/2010 1:13:16 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: NativeNewYorker

32 posted on 09/06/2010 1:13:18 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: LSUfan
Agreed. Zakareia works for our enemies. Last year, there weren't many videos or movies or discussions about September 11th. I wonder what the media will do this year.
33 posted on 09/06/2010 1:14:01 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Another Muslim blaming Americans for Islamic terrorists.


34 posted on 09/06/2010 1:14:13 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: ColdOne

Fareed hasn’t seen Americans overreacting ... yet.


35 posted on 09/06/2010 1:18:57 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: combat_boots

Zakaria is becoming more and more unbalanced as he watches his muslim brother Obama melt down into impotence.


36 posted on 09/06/2010 1:20:49 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: cranked

“Fareed Zakaria is prime example of an idiot and his idiocy.... “

This sums up most muzzies. I tell ya it’s from the centuries of inbreeding. Think about it. Have you ever seen a society that has a greater percentage of birth defects, mental illnesses, and numerous other genetic afflictions than any other society? Everything single thing the muzzies do is assbackwards.


37 posted on 09/06/2010 1:37:39 PM PDT by Bluebeard16
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To: LSUfan

Fareed Zakaria is “the” spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood.

~~!~’

He’s a good koranimal who’s extremely proficient with muz-speak.

I agree with the post saying he “danced all night on 9/11” too.


38 posted on 09/06/2010 1:52:18 PM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: OldDeckHand
Fareed Zakaria warns in Newsweek that Al-Qaeda was significantly more incompetent that Americans believed in the aftermath of 9/11

tell that to the 9/11 families and keep a straight face..only Time would print that c**p

39 posted on 09/06/2010 1:57:43 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: LSUfan

Bingo. He’s not dumb.

He is fawned over as a true “intellectual”.

He’s a waffler. He supported going into Iraq. Then he retracted.


40 posted on 09/06/2010 2:20:56 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (The liberal mantra: Never enough.)
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To: packrat35

41 posted on 09/06/2010 2:39:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: nvcdl
There is an element of truth.

Are we safer because we created a dept of homeland security?

Are our borders more secure?


No and no.

It seems as though 9-11 was used as an excuse to expand the fed and enable it to monitor and regulate every breath Americans take, while allowing PC'ness to triumph common sense regarding our enemies. Had I been in charge there would have been a lot more glass in the middle east on 9-12.
42 posted on 09/06/2010 3:02:05 PM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: OldDeckHand
Yes, people "so over-reacted" to 911, especially on 911 ... take this fellow for instance ...

Deny all they want, say what they will but I WILL NOT FORGET 911! And neither will millions of other Americans, and they wonder why Islam has a "bad name" ... AFTER THEY DO IT TO US, then THEY DO IT TO THEMSELVES as Zakaria has done. We do not have to discredit Muslims and Islam ... it is SELF-DESTRUCTION on THEIR part.

43 posted on 09/06/2010 3:27:21 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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To: nvcdl

Ahh so we should have continued with the way things were.... eh?


44 posted on 09/06/2010 3:32:39 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nvcdl

Ahh so we should have continued with the way things were.... eh?


45 posted on 09/06/2010 3:32:48 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: OldDeckHand

I guess you could look at it from the standpoint that at least he’s honest about it. I think a majority of Muslims feel the same but hide it.


46 posted on 09/06/2010 6:11:24 PM PDT by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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