Ted Koppel on how America’s “over-reaction” to the UndieBomber’s attempt to blow up the plane was an “absolute triumph for Al Qaeda”:

“We have responded so intensely that they must be sitting there wherever they are sitting these days, in their caves, thinking, ‘Not bad. I mean if we can do that with a failed attempt, just think what we can do with a successful one.’”

Is Koppel saying that if we’d act completely carefree about Al Qaeda’s attempts to blow planes out of the sky, we’d sap them of their motivation to do so because it would take some of the fun out of it? I think indifference has been proven to be an ineffective deterrent to terrorism, Ted. Increased passivity is what led to the bomber being able to get on the plane in the first place — if there was a triumph for Al Qaeda, that was it.

I don’t know much about Ted Koppel’s holiday travel itinerary, but it’s apparent what flight he wasn’t aboard on Christmas Day:

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7 Responses to “Media Bonehead of the Day: Ted Koppel”

  1. Vangel on January 8th, 2010 10:20 pm

    While I think that Koppel is an idiot most of the time, he is right on this issue. What we have is huge damage done to the US aviation industry and to the US economy. He is also right that the US has spent billions on security but has yet to show any competence on the matter.

    Where he is wrong is his assessment of Obama. It is clear that the cause of this problem is the government's meddling in the affairs of Islamic nations. The simple fact is that the US is hated more today than it was when Cheney and Bush decided to invade Iraq (on false pretences) and Afghanistan. Until those adventures are over it will not matter how much is spent on security because we will see political operatives and religious nuts use angry young men to try and blow up aeroplanes, bomb buildings, etc. As Ron Paul, who should have been your president, pointed out, the US is broke and cannot afford to fight stupid wars abroad. It is time to bring the troops back and let other nations worry about their own domestic affairs. Cut all aid to Israel and the Arab states and let them settle their own issues if they can. Forget about troops in Europe, Korea, Japan, and Africa. Use the power you have in the Security Council to block all UN military efforts and let regional powers deal with their own issues. Cut all tariffs and allow products from all nations, including North Korea, Iran, Cuba, etc., to come into the country. Get rid of 95% of the federal bureaucracy and de only the things authorized by the Constitution. Quit using the taxpayers to subsidize inefficient companies and political views on both the left and the right. Get rid of all laws that govern voluntary transactions between individuals that do not include fraud and let the country be what used to make it the greatest nation in the world.

  2. Rick on January 8th, 2010 8:39 pm

    When one has had an irrelevant but high paying career impersonating Alfred E.Newman,sometimes you just need to hear the sound of your own voice. One Ted down,two to go.(Koppel and Turner)

  3. Nanny on January 8th, 2010 11:21 pm

    So what you are saying is DO NOT defend our country against the likes of Japan as in WWII and the attacks of 9/11? Do business with countries that want to kill us by eliminating all trade agreements? How about we open our borders too and let all the America haters in to oblitarate our population and kill off the USA all together – make it a One World Order country – all righty then Vangel you just keep on thinking that way and with Obama you just might get your wish. Are you sure your name isn't Nick? Because you got your Bush/Cheney Derangement Syndrome comment in.

  4. Vangel on January 9th, 2010 3:52 am

    No. What I am saying is that the actions that are taken make the country weaker and more vulnerable. There is no need to spend trillions defending Europe, Korea, Japan, Africa, the Middle East, and the rest of the world. The expenditures make the country weaker because they are paid by taxes or money printing that make Americans poorer over the long term.

    I also think that you are missing the big difference. Your country is no longer at war against countries because no country can stand up to the US in a straight up fight. Instead you have enemies that are small groups of extremists that get funding because American military adventurism make people angry and domestic moderates defensive. The father of the Islamic terrorist that tried to bring down the aeroplane is a moderate Muslim who fears that the extremists are winning. The reason he feels that way is because American actions are driving ordinary people to support idiot extremists who promise to throw out the anti-Islam invaders. From what I see, your country is making the same errors that the Russians made in Afghanistan. (Just as the British did before them.)

    And I have no derangement syndrome. I oppose anyone who would limit individual liberty and initiate force against people. That includes Obama as well as Bush/Cheney. From what I saw of your debates most Americans got frightened by a small group of radicals working out of caves in Afghanistan and wound up occupying both Afghanistan and Iraq. The error caused by that cowardice has cost the country a great deal of goodwill, power and wealth and has made Americans weaker and more dependent on foreign creditors. Americans have given up freedom in hope of getting more security but the deal has been a bad one because they are less secure, less free and less wealthy.

    The solution is the courage to be the type of country which the Founding Fathers created; one that kept its government small, its military within its own borders, and its people free. You certainly are a long way from that and seem to lack the courage to take the necessary steps to be free again. If a handful of idiot radicals can make you so scared that you will give up your principles what is there to really protect?

  5. @angelatc on January 9th, 2010 7:48 pm

    I don't entirely disagree with Doug or Vangel. I think that trying trusting a federal bureaucracy to keep us safe as we go about our mundane activities is an exercise in futility . The bigger the entity gets, the less efficient it becomes. People on the plane proved that, given the chance, we are perfectly capable of taking of ourselves. If the world were run by me, each airline would have the freedom to devise independent security procedures, and market principles would dictate the winners and losers.

    On the other hand, I don't think any of us have a right to fly. If you don't want to have your underpants imaged, don't fly.

    As for the hyperbolic 9/11 and Pearl Harbor references, might I point out that we ended the war with Japan in far less time than it's taking to win in the Middle East, and also that we didn't spend 8 years bombing Japan before Pearl Harbor.

    Discussing history and re-examing foreign policy that is clearly in need of some tweaking doesn't make us America haters. It makes us the adults in the room..

  6. douglas on January 10th, 2010 2:25 am

    Douglas Kennedy (no relation, it's a first name not a last, duh) on Fox News Watch did the same thing.

    "calling it a war, would have created 50 thousand more bombers."

    I hate that argument, cuz if it were true, right now we wold be facing 4 billion nazis.

  7. douglas on January 10th, 2010 2:26 am

    and about 10 million Davidians.

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