The Obama administration seems to have crystallized its policy on making people feel safer from terrorism: keep us in the dark.
Speaking in Bangladesh, site of recent terror attacks, Secretary of State John Kerry said this:
Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It's easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you're going to be a terrorist and you're willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn't cover it quite as much. People wouldn't know what's going on. (Applause.)
Think about that, the audience is applauding the vision of a world where “people wouldn’t know what’s going on.” This applause came during Kerry’s remarks at the Edward M. Kennedy Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a joint project between the Bangladeshi Liberation War Museum and the U.S. Embassy.
The Center is “committed to open dialogue, informed action, individual and artistic expression, and personal and professional development.” So people applauded “people wouldn’t know what’s going on” at a center devoted to open dialogue and informed action.
You can’t write satire about this administration anymore; it’s become too inherently contradictory and absurd.
The Weekly Standard points out that Kerry test-drove the policy of just ignoring the unpleasantness of terrorism in a speech a year ago at the United Nations:
First, in confronting terrorism, we have to take a comprehensive approach. That was quite eloquently talked about by our heads of state at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit that President Obama hosted. There was a great deal of discussion. I thought there were some very articulate statements about how one approaches the root causes. We have to deny safe haven, disrupt the flow of foreign fighters, block access to financing, and expose the lies that terrorist groups propagate – and that is particularly challenging in this world of constant media, constant access, 24/7/365. We're living in a very different world, and terrorists have learned how to exploit that media in all kinds of ways.
People often try to look the other way when unpleasant facts that require immediate attention are heading their way. I'm sure there were Romans who tried to look the other way when the barbarians were outside the city gates. But I have never seen anything like this baldly stated by a secretary of state.