I had been trying to figure out what it was about the reaction of the "authorities" in Boston that bothered me so much until I read Karl Denniger's piece via WRSA.
Read it, then let me add this:
When I watched the local and federal reaction to a couple of Jihadists killing and wounding fewer people than are gunned down an average night in Chicago, I grew more and more upset without really knowing why. I read the Denniger piece while visiting WRSA and knew what it was. We look like idiots prime for more of the same.
When the Jihadists realize how little effort they have to put into stopping all commerce in a city the size of Boston, around 7 million, they will do everything they can to replicate the actions and reactions as many times as they can.
Obama's fawning media added to the frustration. The story was that Obama heard of the second suspect being captured while watching television. We are supposed to get an image of cool-headed Obama enjoying a cold one while watching Dancing With The Stars (no, I don't have single clue when that show might actually be on air) and like every other person in America getting the news on a news break. That is insulting. It is propaganda. It doesn't take much imagination to think of how that news would have gone down if it was Bush getting the news on a news break. It would go something like this:
"This just shows a president out of touch with the average American." "It was as if this were happening in a different country rather than his own nation." "Detached." "Uncaring, out of touch."
But, with Obama, the media frames it as in touch with America, just a dad being a dad until the urgency of the moment thrusts him into the limelight to quell any fears and calm the nation. Sickening.
Worse, however, was the way in which the feds and local cops entered almost every home searching for one guy. Also, with all the show that was put on: the flashing lights; the SWAT vans; the people escorted from their homes...they were looking for one guy and they never did find him. No, some neighbor looked in his boat to find a bloody suspect hiding in there, probably without any ammunition (yes, I know they said they exchanged fire, I doubt it) dying from his wounds of twelve or so hours earlier, and he calls the cops.
What a bunch of Keystone Kops. How many violations of rights did they commit in the bumbling search for one guy? ONE GUY.
I heard earlier in the day that they were looking for a dangerous suspect, one who had shown that he had no regard for human life, was armed and dangerous. He was capable and willing to take human life and I wondered who they were talking about, the suspect or those tracking him down. Is there a difference?
If this is how we react to terrorism, to shut down an entire city, trap people in their homes unarmed while these buffoons wander around town, kicking in doors, threatening citizens with their military-style tactics, unable to find the perpetrator of a bombing, a robbery, a carjacking and a high-speed chase, why shouldn't we all be armed? Who better than us to defend ourselves and our homes?
They found him in a boat, shot the boat all to hell and apparently didn't hit the bleeding suspect because he was taken into custody alive.
What it tells the world of Jihadists and anyone else taking notes that America is ripe for terrorism, that terrorist tactics work quite well. That just getting a few guys dedicated to ANY cause is enough to throw the whole nation into hysterics.
With any real organization capable of hiding this guy out for a week they would have been able to kill commerce along the entire Eastern Seaboard for as long as they could keep him under wraps.
Perhaps these guys learned the lesson of Christopher Dorner and understood what they could accomplish from that fiasco.