Brian Jenkins could easily be the leading character in a Ross Thomas novel: ex-Special Forces, years doing the sharp end of “corporate security” in touchy places for Kroll International, and now RAND’s senior expert on terrorism. He even looks the part.
I’m just back from hearing him give a couple of splendid talks at a week-long seminar (of which more anon). I’m only just starting to read Jenkins’s book Unconquerable Nation: Knowing Our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves, which is about to come out from RAND.
I’m pretty sure most of his advice on how to handle terrorism is sound. But I’m dead certain his tone is the tone Democratic candidates need to adopt. Here’s a sample:
As the United States faces a new array of threats that arose at the end of the Cold War and were so stunningly clarified on September 11, 2001, Americans are again summoned to demonstrate courage, to draw on deep traditions of determination in the face of risk, to show self-reliance and resiliency. There has been too much fear-mongering since 9/11. We are not a nation of victims cowering under the kitchen table. We cannot expect protection against all risk. Too many Americans have died defending liberty for us to easily surrender it now to terror.