Skip to comments.Fareed Zakaria: Al-Qaeda Not Really A Big Deal, Americans ‘Overreacted’ To 9/11
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 its satellite organizations produce 50,000 reports a year136 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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Id like to meet up with him in a dark alley/just sayin....
Fareed Zakaria is prime example of an idiot and his idiocy.... =.=
Does that put Zkaria on the same page as Rauf? Hamas?
Would he say the same thing if the holy moon rock at Meccca were bombed?
TIME and NEWSWEEK are scum to have given him 1 cent.
Zakaria has always been a Bin Laden apologist. Typical muzzie...
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.
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.
What a moron....9-11 didn’t occur in a vacuum: it was the last straw.
Those poor soles jumping to their death from the towers were overacting too?
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.
soles=souls, sorry I get so upset at this bunch.
Yet the left/MSM et al can’t understand why there just might be some anti-Muslim feelings in this country
There is an element of truth.
Are we safer because we created a dept of homeland security?
Are our borders more secure?
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
Fareed Zakaria: Al-Qaeda Not Really A Big Deal, Americans Overreacted To 9/11”
He overreacted too ... danced all night ...
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”
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".
But of course being upset that some church a half a world away is burning Korans isn’t overreacting.
We overreacted to Pearl Harbor too I bet.
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.
“But of course being upset that some church a half a world away is burning Korans isnt overreacting.”
How many ours has he done on that now? 2, 3?
“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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A moslem with a Yale/Harvard pedigree. He is worth reading because he defines what our putative ruling class wants us to hear.
Zakaria should be sent to Gitmo.
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.
Another Muslim blaming Americans for Islamic terrorists.
Fareed hasn’t seen Americans overreacting ... yet.
Zakaria is becoming more and more unbalanced as he watches his muslim brother Obama melt down into impotence.
“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.
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.
tell that to the 9/11 families and keep a straight face..only Time would print that c**p
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.
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.
Ahh so we should have continued with the way things were.... eh?
Ahh so we should have continued with the way things were.... eh?
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.
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