Lindsey Graham believes that the next 911 type attack on our home soil will come from Iraq or Syria. I disagree.
With all due respect to the very disrespectful senator, the next 911 style attack on our home front will not come from the Middle East; it will come from home grown terrorists. (Think anti-government white supremacist groups.)
But I see why he is saying this. Better to scare the base about the Muslim bogeyman and score cheap political points than to call out groups that actually include members of your base.
Some of these folks on the right get very defensive when you focus on trying to stop these groups, but you can't blame law enforcement for being concerned.
"Remember in 2009, right at the start of the Obama era, when then-Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a report (PDF) entitled: “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”? The report was truly prescient. It alerted us to the rise of right-wing extremism, such as from white supremacist groups, and warned that unchecked, it could lead to violence.
How did Republicans respond? They went ballistic attacking the report. John Boehner was especially upset that Napolitano would use the term “terrorist” to “describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation,” adding, “using such broad-based generalizations about the American people is simply outrageous.”
Well it's not looking so "outrageous" now. It's a fact that since 911 home grown extremists have killed more people in the United States than "extremists motivated by al Qaeda's ideology".
So why did Lindsey Graham make these bold and frightening statements, now?
Well it's politics season here in America. Time to put fear in the mind of Joe Voter so that he will vote for the party who he believes can best protect him from all the evil out there.
Sadly, by the time Joe Voter realizes that the "evil-doer" was his neighbor or his neighbor's child, it will be too late.
"Today in the United States, al Qaeda-type terrorism is the province of individuals with no real connection to foreign terrorists, aside from reading their propaganda online. Given this, it becomes harder to explain, in terms of American national security, why violence by homegrown right wing extremists receives substantially less attention than does violence by homegrown jihadist militants."
Because "right wing extremists" vote too.