Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Spy chief says U.S. vulnerable in president's first year

It seems Washington keeps talking about "something bad" happening shortly after the elections.

Spy chief says U.S. vulnerable in president's first year
The nation's chief intelligence official warned Thursday that a new president's first year in office is the most perilous time for the country.
"I would say the period of most vulnerability for the United States is the first year of a new president," Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell told an annual conference of intelligence officials and contractors in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday.
McConnell cited the attack on the World Trade Center shortly after Bill Clinton took over the presidency in 1993 and the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, which occurred less than eight months after George W. Bush took the oath of office.

I read the last part of this article with great interest....

" McConnell said the president-elect's excitement "is going to be dampened somewhat when he begins to focus on the realities of the myriad of changes and challenges we are going to face in the future." One of those "challenges" include the prospect of an attack by a biological agent, which he said might "create casualties greater than 9/11."

1 comment:

Walt said...

Author and filmaker Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, after a courageous and private battle against cancer, his family said in a statement. He was 66.

Crichton was a brand-name author, known for his stories of disaster and systematic breakdown, such as the rampant microbe of "The Andromeda Strain" or dinosaurs running amok in "Jurassic Park," one of his many million-selling books that became major Hollywood movies.

I remember Andromeda Strain, it really was the firsr time I took biological warfare to be a very real danger.

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