I would like to have a heart to heart talk with you about the security of the United States. You have seen our citizens killed on our soil and abroad. You see intrusive security measures at airports and federal buildings. You are aware of intelligence organizations including the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence to mention a few. Billions of dollars are spent on security, yet we are anything but secure.
I once had a Security Squadron under my command with Air Base Security Forces, Security Police and Law Enforcement personnel. Fifty years ago I was an Intelligence Analyst at NSA but my training was not really in security. I had something that was lacking in my Air Base Security Squadron Commander, I had common sense. We had an exercise and my Squadron Commander concentrated his forces on the main gate. I called him aside and asked him if we were prepared for the enemy to penetrate through the ditch at the back of the base. You can see the same mentality today with Airport Security, Federal Building Security and so forth. There are lots of ways to get into a Federal Building besides the front door. A lot of people have access to Airliners who never go through the TSA. When we concentrate our security at airports and Federal Buildings, what about Bus Stations, Train Stations, Schools, Hospitals, fuel storage and Sports Arenas?
The major failing of US security is the failure to protect our borders and coastline. The Commandant of the Coast Guard once told me that if they tripled the size of his organization they still could not protect our 92,000 miles of coastline. The terrorists are already here and they are here in force. The paths leading from the Mexican Border are many and broad. Along those pathways discarded Iranian books have been found. I estimate that at least 30,000 illegal aliens are in the US from Yemen, Iran, Syria, the Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Somalia and Afghanistan. They did not sneak into the US to pick apples. They have not attacked our electric grid and fuel storage because the time is not right, not because we have armed guards at Social Security Offices.
I predict that when the terrorists attack it will be broad and massive, perhaps even nuclear. Remember there are Russian Suitcase Nukes that cannot be accounted for. You will hear Liberal Cabinet Members saying citizens don’t need assault rifles to go hunting. The Constitution doesn’t give us the right to bear arms to go squirrel hunting. Japan opted not to attack our homeland during WWII for only one reason, an armed citizenry.
The terrorists probably have not been in a hurry to attack because the Obama Administration has been doing a pretty good job of weakening America. Admiral Mullen as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said our debt was the single biggest threat to our national security. Other existential threats include the Russian Nuclear Weapons and Cyber Attacks. Vladimir still does not love us, to Muslims we are the Big Satan and Israel is the Little Satan and to China we are their useful idiots.
It is incumbent upon each of us to be vigilant. While our government stands guard over Social Security Offices we must be alert for possible enemy activity. A few years ago one of my friends observed a Middle Eastern man taking pictures of a hospital, not in New York or Washington, DC but in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He followed the man and got pictures of him and his license number. The man got away. He was later identified as one of the most wanted terrorists. They are here and they can be anywhere. If you don’t have an assault rifle maybe you should get one.