All too rarely have top federal officials spoken out unambiguously against the radicalized intellectuals who make excuses for Islamist terrorism. To his credit, Michael Chertoff, U.S. Homeland Security chief, has now done so, in a candid interview with the Daily Telegraph. After 9/11, he says, there has been in America
a danger of complacency because it had not been attacked for more than five years. Where you find some softness is in some elements of the media or in some elements of the intellectual class who convince themselves that this is our fault, or that there’s an easier way to avoid the problem if we can just figure what price we have to pay. That is a plea to the sensibility of exhaustion and history has shown that’s a very damaging and very destructive impulse.