Santorum says aloud (what I think we’re doing anyway)

by Datechguy | November 23rd, 2011

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Santorum says aloud (what I think we're doing anyway)

C.K. Dex­ter Haven: You don’t believe it then?

George Kit­ter­age:
Believe what?

C.K. Dex­ter Haven: Well the ah, the impli­ca­tions of what you saw, let us say?

George Kit­ter­age: What am I to believe?

C.K. Dex­ter Haven: That’s entirely up to you.

George Kit­ter­age: I’ve got eyes, I’ve got imag­i­na­tion haven’t I?

C.K. Dex­ter Haven: I don’t know have you?

George Kit­ter­age: Oh So you pre­tend not to believe it.

C.K. Dex­ter Haven: Yes I pre­tend not to.


The Philadel­phia Story 1940
.

Yes­ter­day Stacy McCain (who unless I’m very much mis­taken has decided his dream Ambas­sador­ship is fin­ished) con­tin­ued what appears to be his push of Rick San­to­rum as a Newt alter­nate. In his post last night he com­mented on one of the two really inter­est­ing moments of the debate, Rick San­to­rum say­ing aloud what every­body knows:

Well, the folks who are most likely to be com­mit­ting these crimes,” he replied. “Obvi­ously Mus­lims would be some­one you’d look at, absolutely. Those are the folks — the rad­i­cal Mus­lims have been peo­ple com­mit­ting these crimes by and large, as well as younger males. Not exclu­sively, but these are the things you pro­file to find your most likely candidate.”

There is a cer­tain inher­ent power to say­ing the truth out loud and Stacy McCain noted that the tar­get audi­ence for that answer is not likely watch­ing MSNBC this morn­ing, nor car­ing if Politico has its knick­ers in a twist.

Although this state­ment will meet with much wail­ing and gnash­ing of teeth by the usual sus­pects, I’d like to say some­thing that every­body should have fig­ured it out by now:

It is my opin­ion that we as a gov­ern­ment are pro­fil­ing, have been pro­fil­ing and will con­tinue to pro­file with­out admit­ting it.

Be hon­est; how may of you read­ing this blog would have guessed on Sept 20th 2001 that a dozen years later there would not be another suc­cess­ful coor­di­nated ter­ror attack on this country?

Oh yes we had Major Nidal Has­san, we had the DC sniper but all of those oper­a­tions have been pretty much inspired, rather than coor­di­nated.

The record has been remark­able, and the rea­son we have such a remark­able record is because of what we do.

Does any­one seri­ously believe that we did not have mosques under sur­veil­lance dur­ing the Bush years? Does any­one seri­ously believe that the Obama admin­is­tra­tion, polit­i­cal beliefs not with­stand­ing, would risk a suc­cess­ful attack on the US dur­ing their watch by NOT hav­ing mosques and Islamic insti­tu­tions under their eye? Do you think our suc­cesses are sheer luck?

And lets go one step fur­ther, I sub­mit that not only is the US doing pro­fil­ing, but west­ern coun­tries such as Canada and Eng­land are as well, fur­ther­more I sub­mit that ISLAMIC coun­tries are doing the same.

Sur­prised? Take a look at the body count at Reli­gion of peace​.com. They doc­u­ment over 18,000 attacks since 911 by rad­i­cal Mus­lims. If you look at the attacks listed there are two facts that are incontrovertible:

1. The vast major­ity of attacks take place in Islamic coun­tries.

2. The major­ity of the peo­ple slaugh­tered in these attacks are Mus­lims.

Don’t’ get me wrong, to the Islamist, the Chris­t­ian, Jew­ish or non Mus­lim tar­get is always pre­ferred but there is just as much hatred, if not more for their fel­low Mus­lims who are either, not wor­ship­ing cor­rectly or faith­fully enough or asso­ci­at­ing with infidels.

And there are not a whole lot of tears shed for fel­low Mus­lims who are sim­ply in the way when attack­ing a non-​Muslim target.

Given this sit­u­a­tion, if any­one thinks that the over­whelm­ingly auto­cratic rulers of these var­i­ous coun­tries who are try­ing to main­tain their wealth and posi­tion are not keep­ing a close eye on these guys you are not pay­ing atten­tion. Such lead­ers live with the threat of mur­der every day and aren’t shy about shed­ding a lit­tle blood to keep the power and wealth they have.

So if it’s true, if we ARE pro­fil­ing and the Mus­lim world is pro­fil­ing and other west­ern nations are pro­fil­ing, then why are we pre­tend­ing oth­er­wise? Why is every shoe on every foot removed before going on an air­plane? I can think of three reasons:

1. There is always the excep­tion, the con­vert or the sucker to watch out for.

2. It is to our advan­tage to con­vince our ene­mies that we are NOT pro­fil­ing them to keep them sloppy.

3. Main­tain­ing the Social fic­tion. (the most important)

It is the third item I want to address.

As any­one who deals with peo­ple knows, there are many poten­tially uncom­fort­able moments in life when you are faced with deal­ing with a sit­u­a­tion that’s best ignored. At a funeral for exam­ple or at the party of a friend you might run into a per­son you despise, but you choose not to make a scene for the sake of the host, the peo­ple you are with, or the griev­ing fam­ily. This is called tact.

Being an hon­or­able per­son is impor­tant but part of that social com­pact of honor in the west­ern style is allow­ing peo­ple a grace­ful exit. In the old duel­ing days, the wrong word and the wrong ges­ture could lead to stand­ing back to back at 20 paces so peo­ple allowed them­selves the fic­tion of con­ge­nial­ity to avoid such things. Con­sider this quote from the movie the Comancheros by Cir­cuit Court Judge Thad­deus Jack­son Breen:

Major here has told me what your trou­bles are. I’ve been think­ing it over and in light of my forty years expe­ri­ence in legal jurispru­dence, I have come to the pos­i­tive con­clu­sion that there ain’t no way to do this legal and hon­est… but being good sen­si­ble Tex­ans, we’ll do it ille­gal and dishonest!

In order to pre­vent a mis­car­riage of jus­tice the judge and the Texas Rangers cre­ate an accept­able fic­tion. Today you don’t see much of honor in west­ern cul­ture, but in Arab cul­ture sav­ing face isall. The honor of a fam­ily, of a tribe or of a coun­try is so ingrained cul­tur­ally that peo­ple will slaugh­ter each other to pro­tect it, after all a cul­ture that has no com­punc­tion about slaugh­ter­ing their own chil­dren over fam­ily honor is not going to lose a lot of sleep over killing a stranger of a dif­fer­ent faith.

And that where this fic­tion comes in. I sug­gest we are pro­fil­ing Islamists, Arab and Islamic lead­ers KNOW we are doing so and might even be help­ing us along, but it can’t be admit­ted pub­licly by our gov­ern­ments or theirs.

If and when such a thing is admit­ted in pub­lic, Mus­lim and Arabs honor, in a cul­ture all about sav­ing face, would demand action. Action that would be dis­as­trous both for them and for us.

One might think that it is a bet­ter thing for all of this to come out in the open at once and have it taken care of once and for all, Pat­ton thought that about fac­ing the Soviet Union, but in the end the Sovi­ets fell with­out hav­ing to fight a World War cost­ing tens of mil­lions of lives and untold destruction.

I sub­mit and sug­gest that every time we go though a secu­rity check at an air­port, we are fight­ing that long cold war, allow­ing the fic­tion to be pre­served in the Arab face cul­ture that gives us the abil­ity to clan­des­tinely work with gov­ern­ments and oper­a­tives around the world to not only slay our ene­mies who would hope to strike us, but to pre­vent a suc­cess­ful attack that would require the type of over­whelm­ing response that would have an incred­i­ble cost in both blood and trea­sure worldwide.

Or as per the quote at the start of this post, C.K. Dex­ter Haven and George Kit­ter­age both wish to end up with Tracy Lords, Haven is will­ing to give a pass to what he sees and George Kit­ter­age is not. in the end it is C.K. and NOT George who ends up going down the aisle with Tracy. George might have felt bet­ter vent­ing, but Dex­ter got the girl in the end.

In a polit­i­cal sense, Rick San­to­rum is right, say­ing it aloud and bluntly will likely win him votes and respect among Amer­i­can vot­ers, but if he gets into the oval office and is briefed I would be very sur­prised if he didn’t dis­cover that the mea­sures he wants taken are already well in hand.

In his famous speech of Sept 21, 2001 Pres­i­dent Bush talked of “… covert oper­a­tions secret even in success.”

I sub­mit that when the final his­tory of this war is writ­ten we will be shocked at how many of those vic­to­ries have been won on Amer­i­can soil.

C.K. Dexter Haven: You don’t believe it then?

George Kitterage:
Believe what?

C.K. Dexter Haven: Well the ah, the implications of what you saw, let us say?

George Kitterage: What am I to believe?

C.K. Dexter Haven: That’s entirely up to you.

George Kitterage: I’ve got eyes, I’ve got imagination haven’t I?

C.K. Dexter Haven: I don’t know have you?

George Kitterage: Oh So you pretend not to believe it.

C.K. Dexter Haven: Yes I pretend not to.


The Philadelphia Story 1940
.

Yesterday Stacy McCain (who unless I’m very much mistaken has decided his dream Ambassadorship is finished) continued what appears to be his push of Rick Santorum as a Newt alternate. In his post last night he commented on one of the two really interesting moments of the debate, Rick Santorum saying aloud what everybody knows:

“Well, the folks who are most likely to be committing these crimes,” he replied. “Obviously Muslims would be someone you’d look at, absolutely. Those are the folks — the radical Muslims have been people committing these crimes by and large, as well as younger males. Not exclusively, but these are the things you profile to find your most likely candidate.”

There is a certain inherent power to saying the truth out loud and Stacy McCain noted that the target audience for that answer is not likely watching MSNBC this morning, nor caring if Politico has its knickers in a twist.

Although this statement will meet with much wailing and gnashing of teeth by the usual suspects, I’d like to say something that everybody should have figured it out by now:

It is my opinion that we as a government are profiling, have been profiling and will continue to profile without admitting it.

Be honest; how may of you reading this blog would have guessed on Sept 20th 2001 that a dozen years later there would not be another successful coordinated terror attack on this country?

Oh yes we had Major Nidal Hassan, we had the DC sniper but all of those operations have been pretty much inspired, rather than coordinated.

The record has been remarkable, and the reason we have such a remarkable record is because of what we do.

Does anyone seriously believe that we did not have mosques under surveillance during the Bush years? Does anyone seriously believe that the Obama administration, political beliefs not withstanding, would risk a successful attack on the US during their watch by NOT having mosques and Islamic institutions under their eye? Do you think our successes are sheer luck?

And lets go one step further, I submit that not only is the US doing profiling, but western countries such as Canada and England are as well, furthermore I submit that ISLAMIC countries are doing the same.

Surprised? Take a look at the body count at Religion of peace.com. They document over 18,000 attacks since 9/11 by radical Muslims. If you look at the attacks listed there are two facts that are incontrovertible:

1. The vast majority of attacks take place in Islamic countries.

2. The majority of the people slaughtered in these attacks are Muslims.

Don’t’ get me wrong, to the Islamist, the Christian, Jewish or non Muslim target is always preferred but there is just as much hatred, if not more for their fellow Muslims who are either, not worshiping correctly or faithfully enough or associating with infidels.

And there are not a whole lot of tears shed for fellow Muslims who are simply in the way when attacking a non-Muslim target.

Given this situation, if anyone thinks that the overwhelmingly autocratic rulers of these various countries who are trying to maintain their wealth and position are not keeping a close eye on these guys you are not paying attention. Such leaders live with the threat of murder every day and aren’t shy about shedding a little blood to keep the power and wealth they have.

So if it’s true, if we ARE profiling and the Muslim world is profiling and other western nations are profiling, then why are we pretending otherwise? Why is every shoe on every foot removed before going on an airplane? I can think of three reasons:

1. There is always the exception, the convert or the sucker to watch out for.

2. It is to our advantage to convince our enemies that we are NOT profiling them to keep them sloppy.

3. Maintaining the Social fiction. (the most important)

It is the third item I want to address.

As anyone who deals with people knows, there are many potentially uncomfortable moments in life when you are faced with dealing with a situation that’s best ignored. At a funeral for example or at the party of a friend you might run into a person you despise, but you choose not to make a scene for the sake of the host, the people you are with, or the grieving family. This is called tact.

Being an honorable person is important but part of that social compact of honor in the western style is allowing people a graceful exit. In the old dueling days, the wrong word and the wrong gesture could lead to standing back to back at 20 paces so people allowed themselves the fiction of congeniality to avoid such things. Consider this quote from the movie the Comancheros by Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen:

Major here has told me what your troubles are. I’ve been thinking it over and in light of my forty years experience in legal jurisprudence, I have come to the positive conclusion that there ain’t no way to do this legal and honest… but being good sensible Texans, we’ll do it illegal and dishonest!

In order to prevent a miscarriage of justice the judge and the Texas Rangers create an acceptable fiction. Today you don’t see much of honor in western culture, but in Arab culture saving face isall. The honor of a family, of a tribe or of a country is so ingrained culturally that people will slaughter each other to protect it, after all a culture that has no compunction about slaughtering their own children over family honor is not going to lose a lot of sleep over killing a stranger of a different faith.

And that where this fiction comes in. I suggest we are profiling Islamists, Arab and Islamic leaders KNOW we are doing so and might even be helping us along, but it can’t be admitted publicly by our governments or theirs.

If and when such a thing is admitted in public, Muslim and Arabs honor, in a culture all about saving face, would demand action. Action that would be disastrous both for them and for us.

One might think that it is a better thing for all of this to come out in the open at once and have it taken care of once and for all, Patton thought that about facing the Soviet Union, but in the end the Soviets fell without having to fight a World War costing tens of millions of lives and untold destruction.

I submit and suggest that every time we go though a security check at an airport, we are fighting that long cold war, allowing the fiction to be preserved in the Arab face culture that gives us the ability to clandestinely work with governments and operatives around the world to not only slay our enemies who would hope to strike us, but to prevent a successful attack that would require the type of overwhelming response that would have an incredible cost in both blood and treasure worldwide.

Or as per the quote at the start of this post, C.K. Dexter Haven and George Kitterage both wish to end up with Tracy Lords, Haven is willing to give a pass to what he sees and George Kitterage is not. in the end it is C.K. and NOT George who ends up going down the aisle with Tracy. George might have felt better venting, but Dexter got the girl in the end.

In a political sense, Rick Santorum is right, saying it aloud and bluntly will likely win him votes and respect among American voters, but if he gets into the oval office and is briefed I would be very surprised if he didn’t discover that the measures he wants taken are already well in hand.

In his famous speech of Sept 21, 2001 President Bush talked of “… covert operations secret even in success.”

I submit that when the final history of this war is written we will be shocked at how many of those victories have been won on American soil.

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