Danger, Will Robinson, danger
Leave it to the federal government to save us from our foolishness.
On Friday, the State Department issued a momentous world-wide travel alert. Its impact on all of our lives is of such importance that we feel it necessary to quote it, in part to ensure no one misses the impact: 'The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and these groups may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August. This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2013.'
The most obvious response to this is two words. The first word being 'no' while the second would require us getting our mouths washed out with soap.
The government also wants to inform you that the terrorists could use a variety of weapons, attack public and/or private buildings, and focus on transportation and tourist destinations. Please see our initial response.
All of this begs the question - Why now? We believe people are, for the most part, fairly intelligent. We follow the news and can deduce that 1. Terrorists want to kill Americans, 2. The vast majority of those terrorists are Muslims, and 3. The Middle East is not exactly a playground.
Still, the Obama administration is pushing this massive new intel in order to force the national media to start chasing their tails. Can't we just bring back the color-coded threat level and be done with it? The national talking heads will talk and talk on this 'new' subject while the administration continues to deflect the lap dogs from more important issues.
And what, pray tell, are those? The IRS targeting conservative and pro-Israel groups, Benghazi, grabbing Associated Press reporters phone records, the monitoring of phone and emails belonging to Fox News reporter James Rosen, Attorney General Eric Holder's potential perjury issues, the ATF 'Fast and Furious' scheme, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius soliciting donations from companies the agency might regulate, the General Services Administration holding a $823,000 'training conference' in Las Vegas, Veterans Affairs spending more than $6 million on two conferences at Disney World, Obama's potential violation of the Constitution and War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval, and the killing of an American citizen by a drone without due process.
And that's just for starters. Let us not forgot to mention that you should check in with the State Department about your travels, but, then again, we're sure the NSA can track us.
But let's not worry. Thanks to this administration, we now know the Middle East probably shouldn't be on our vacation radar or that bad people want to kill us. And we have government agencies wasting millions of dollars on parties and our nation is in debt beyond repair.
Maybe Obama should talk about the economy.