Peter King Proclaims His IdiocyIn response to the recent due-process-free killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, the following statement was produced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee:
The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is a great success in our fight against al-Qaeda and its affiliates. For the past several years, al-Awlaki has been more dangerous even than Osama bin Laden had been. The killing of al-Awlaki is a tremendous tribute to President Obama and the men and women of our intelligence community.So al-Awlaki is replaceable. And there are now more U.S. citizens who will say that they want to violently respond to the terrorism (killing civilians for a political grievance or to promote fear) of the U.S. Government. So how did killing al-Awlaki make us safer?
Despite this vital development today, we must remain as vigilant as ever, knowing that there are more Islamic terrorists who will gladly step forward to backfill this dangerous killer.
Even if you completely accept the claim, "al-Awlaki has been more dangerous even than Osama bin Laden had been," that's not saying much. In the past several years, there have been no attempted terrorist attacks attributed to al-Qaeda Central (AQC). Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been involved in two attempted attacks: the Underwear Bomber and explosives placed in printer cartridges in overseas delivery shipments. The first package wasn't very likely to succeed. The second packages didn't make it over the Atlantic.
What is amazing about post-9/11 deadly terrorist attacks in the U.S. is not that there haven't been any - there have:
- El Al counter at LAX shooting
- D.C. Beltway sniper
- West Virginia sniper
- Ohio highway sniper
- Seattle Jewish Federation shooting
- Knoxville, TN Unitarian Universalist church shooting
- Assassination of George Tiller
- Little Rock, AR recruiting center shooting
- Holocaust Museum shooting
- Fort Hood shooting
- Austin, TX IRS office
Two other things to note, five out of the 12 murderers were Muslims. And all but two involved guns, and only guns. A mass shooting by an American is by far the most serious terrorist threat to Americans today, and will remain that way for as far as I can see.
 This ignores the Constitutionally more important point of whether killing al-Awlaki was legal. But that's a whole other post.