When P.J. O’Rourke Met the DHS

In Analysis by Michael Rae

The great satirist P.J. O’Rourke, who died last week at 74, once said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sounded like “a failed savings and loan.” As it turned out, that was more than a quip.

Created in 2002 to prevent terrorist attacks such as September 11, 2001, the DHS failed to prevent terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 (13 dead, more than 30 wounded); San Bernardino, California, in 2015 (14 murdered, more than 20 wounded); Orlando, Florida, in 2016, with 49 murdered and more than 50 wounded. These and other failures may have prompted the DHS to seek

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