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Chan Lowe: The intelligence failure

dots1.gifYou're probably as tired of the shopworn "connect the dots" cliche as I am.

But that doesn't prevent me from shamelessly expoiting it, anyway.

The Christmas terrorism attempt failed only because of the incompetence of the perpetrator. It was a successful attack, in the classic way acts of terror are successful: It sowed uncertainty.

We learned that no matter how much money and effort we expend on our self-protection, it will never be enough. It isn't that the terrorists tried something new and imaginative that completely hoodwinked us. No, they used the classic 9/11 modus operandi to show us it could still be done with impunity. Hell, just to drive home how flawed our system still is, we were warned in advance.

People are tribal. That's just the way we are. When you have a lot of people working in different agencies with different cultures--ostensibly toward the same goal--they're going to possessively withhold information from one another. At the very least, you won't get the kind of brainstorming cooperation that can often turn out a product greater than the sum of its parts.

The key is to convince these well-meaning, dedicated people that they have to buck their natural human tendencies, and that to succumb to them hurts the nation. Maybe this is a job for a hypnotist.

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Chan - there weren't that many dots and you know it. Only about 6 that Big Sis and the other morons couldn't piece together. Feel safe flying? Let's take a trip...

In 1940, before we entered WW II, it became obvious that we would need a better air force than we had. That year, Donald Douglas got together the top people at all companies related to aviation and convinced them that, for the good of the country, they should share their trade secrets. Those secrets were what made them competitive. Yet, they did so. They were not acting tribal. Why have we become so?

For the good of the country is no longer around--It's become a "me" society, instead of "we" society..How very sad for us.! Corporatocracy is King- Us, the Serfs.

Connect what dots? This idiotic non logic of people of different cultures possessively witholding information is a crock...THERE WERE NO DOTS! There was one, bright, gleaming dot...and our government closed it's eyes. The good news is that THANK GOD we did not make Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab feel bad by profiling him.

The father warned us that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab had gone jihad. The name Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was placed on a naughty list by our government...but not naughty enough to be banned from flying even though Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab's father warned us that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab wanted to kill innocents.

Was there more than one Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab flying that day & we grounded the wrong Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab? Our government couldnt stop this guy...who apparently was last in his Al Queda class. How can we expect our government to stop the star Al Queda pupils?

Maybe some more speeches from our president about how we are not at war with Islam and what a peaceful religion it is will help. I wish he would hurry and close Gitmo so the terrorists would leave us alone.

Did you ever stop and think of this.? If Pappa Bush wouldn't have got us involved in the middle east, and W escalate it, then maybe we wouldn't have all the terrorist that we've help create.Al Qaeda is known in 60 nations..Will we invade them all.?

Lets face it..We're hooked on war.! The weapons/arms market is about the only thing we have left..Manufacturing is all but gone, along with our jobs.Blackwater,(now called Ze) reaps the spoils of war along with Haliburton,(Cheney's Baby) Bechtel, Flur Corp,etc,etc,.

Reminds me of an old saying,"We've met the enemy, and it is us."

There is such an easy solution to our airport security. Fire TSA and model our security after El Al.

Wouldn't this cartoon work better if both sides were the same dots?

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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