- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“I presume there is always a threat from terrorism.” You’d think that the secretary would know that a threat causing anxiety, fear and dread qualifies as terrorism. And when she was asked if Islamic terrorism is still a threat to the United States, she agreed that it is, but she prefers to think of and characterize it as an advisory of some possible “man-caused” disaster. To her, this distinction is no more than a “nuance.”

Ms. Napolitano, a disaster is something that happens all by itself. If it is “man-caused,” it is an attack.

She wants to be “prepared for all risks that can occur.” Somebody please get her a dictionary. She’ll learn that risk doesn’t “occur.” Risk exists before the occurrence (i.e., attack). She should know these things.

You said that Ms. Napolitano needs a better understanding of reality. She also needs a better understanding of the meanings of words. George Orwell once wrote: “The slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” And the corruption of our language makes it easier to equivocate.

WILLIAM RICHARDSON

Virginia Beach

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