Am I the only one who’s very nervous that Dubya has twice in the last few weeks offered scenarios whereby federal troops might be deployed domestically? Disaster response is one. The need to impose a quarantine in the event of an Avian flu outbreak is another. A no-fly zone for infected birds maybe? I was surprised at how thoroughly briefed he seemed on the subject of the Army’s role in containing scary epidemics in this morning’s press conference. What reasons beyond invisible pathogens might you need to send the Marines in most anyplace, anytime? Will the current “bubble” in the fossil fuel supply chain not pop convincingly after this cold Winter in time for the so-called driving season, and present an opportunity to give our non-negotiable way of life fresh meaning? If not next year, perhaps in years to follow, after precedents are set.
An emergency of some kind
Posted on October 4, 2005.