July 8, 2007

Silly Sestak

Our ports are vulnerable. So, Congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA13) wants to scan every single ship, container, and box that comes across our ports, because that damn evil Bush administration just refuses to protect us, according to him.

Most of the contents in containers that enter our ports have traceable roots to legitimate manufacturers all over the globe. Most are legitimate goods that we use on a daily basis. A good number of these containers - as Sestak told Fox 29 on July 3rd - are already checked at overseas facilities. If, let's say, only 99% of the items brought into our ports are known, wouldn't it be a terrible waste of resources to check 100% of the containers shipped? That is a 99% percent waste of taxpayer funds.

Let me describe it another way. IF the Bush administration traced the calls of 100% of the American people, that would also be a waste of 99% of the resources exhausted. Which is exactly why he only cares about the calls terrorists make to the US. Using an analogy from A Few Good Men, Sestak's idea is - the difference between paper defense and real defense.

As the highest-ranking former military officer ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and former Director for Defense Policy at the National Security Council in the Clinton White House, one would have hoped his intelligence would be more concrete.

On a side note...
Why did Sestak's office suddenly have a flurry of press releases (to PoliticsPA for example) and TV appearances last week? Could he be reading early polling data that doesn't look so good?

No comments: