It happened last Friday. In what is characterized as an informal meeting with reporters, U.S. Attorney General Mike Mukasey commented that he has been 'surprised' by scope of terrorist threats facing this country. The apparent disconnect with the true threat of terrorism by Mr.Mukasey is quite concerning. Frankly, this doesn't engender a lot of confidence in the lead lawyer of this country.
"I'm surprised by how surprised I am," said Mukasey, who as a federal judge presided over terrorism-related trials in New York.
"It's surprising how varied [the threat] is, how many directions it comes from, how geographically spread out it is," he said.
At the same time that he expresses concern over the expiration of FISA, and says that he's not hopeful for a compromise, he also remarks that the jihadi fatwas do not expire. What is really surprising is that Mukasey is as unaware as he seems to be about the breadth of the threats confronting us, and the ingenuity of our enemies.
If Mukasey receives terrorism daily updates, why is he surprised by the asymmetric nature of the threat?