Thursday, January 07, 2010

They can't have it both ways!

Immediately after the crotch bomber did his thing, the TSA instituted a draconic set of new restrictions for air travel. Leo Laporte summed them up this way: We might as well travel with our hands in the air.
Thank goodness we won't face these new restrictions on every flight.

Days later we are being told that the crotch bomber's success was a systematic failure of the 'system.' There were any number of ways he should never have been allowed to fly into US air space. And by gosh, such a failure will never be allowed again. Why, the president is displeased, and heads are even rolling, I think, although I haven't actually seen one roll.

They can't have it both ways. If this man's success was due to system failures, then we do not need new travel restrictions. And if his success was due to incredibly inadequate passenger oversight, then there's no need to blame systemic failure.

I have a suggestion: let's try to overreact in a thoughtful, more measured fashion.
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