We have met the enemy...
"We have met the enemy and he is us."Let's go back to the summer of 2001, when the media was crazed over sharks and the disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy. Lost in the shuffle at a vacationing White House was the infamous 'Bin Laden determined to strike in the US' memo.
While the jury is still out on what this president knew and when he knew it, is is clear that intelligence agencies failed to take appropriate heed of warning signs.
But then again, was terrorism and vigilance high on the list of issues for the media, or for that matter the rest of us.
Let's look back at some of the major stories of 2009: Tiger Woods; Octomom; Jon and Kate; Michael Jackson. With two wars, the Great Recession and a decade of bad news we were all to willing to allow ourselves to get lost in the trivia.
Republicans who were in charge when the 2001 attack happened are quick to point fingers about a supposed lack of proper vigilance on the part of the Obama administration. It's campaign rhetoric pure and simple, as obvious as Jim "Waterloo" DeMint's hold on the appointment of a TSA new director.
But we all share a piece of blame for allowing the hyperpartisan, score political points uber alles mindset that continues to fester. We includes the media that focuses on horse races and tactics and polls instead of analysis.
It will be interesting to see if this incident sparks another effort at actual reporting -- and what the results will be in terms of the Obama administration's handling of the issue none of us really wants to think about.