RUMSFELD: That's what I was just going to say. This President's pretty much a victim of success. We haven't had an attack in five years. The perception of the threat is so low in this society that it's not surprising that the behavior pattern reflects a low threat assessment. The same thing's in Europe, there's a low threat perception. The correction for that, I suppose, is an attack. And when that happens, then everyone gets energized for another [inaudible] and it's a shame we don't have the maturity to recognize the seriousness of the threats...the lethality, the carnage, that can be imposed on our society is so real and so present and so serious that you'd think we'd be able to understand it, but as a society, the longer you get away from 9/11, the less...the less...Huffpo "unearthed it", linked it to the TV general propaganda story, and seems to think it's generally "astounding". It's dead-on accurate.
There is no longer a great perception of any significant threat. People naturally move on with their lives if planes aren't flying into buildings every so often. There was an 8 1/2 year gap between the first and second attacks on the WTC, so applying that gap to 9/11 our next attack would be right on schedule if it occurs in 2009. The left is apoplectic about the notion that Rummy thinks Democrats were elected because of this misperception, but the fact is they RAN on such a platform.
But it's always fun to check the comments of such a story. Here's the very first:
Can we put this a**hole in prison already?Would another attack even matter?