The Neglected Home Front

Flynn, Stephen E.
September 2004
Foreign Affairs;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 83 Issue 5, p20
The article looks at homeland security in the United States as of September 2004. The transportation, energy, information, financial, chemical, food, and logistical networks that underpin U.S. economic power and the American way of life offer the United States' enemies a rich menu of irresistible targets. Washington has demonstrated an extraordinary degree of hardheadedness when it comes to acknowledging the limits of its military and intelligence capabilities to combat the terrorist threat. According to the U.S. Department of State's latest revised global terrorism report, the number of terrorist incidents went up in 2003, despite the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. The degree to which the President George W. Bush administration is willing to invest in conventional national security spending relative to basic domestic security measures is considerable. Even though the most tempting targets for terrorists are those that can produce widespread economic and social disruption, the White House has declared that safeguarding the nation's critical infrastructure is not a federal responsibility.


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