Mark Mazzetti talks to Howard Kurtz about the CIA's foiling of an Al Qaeda plot and how important details of the operation were leaked to the media.
Andy,Since we're delving so dlpeey into this topic, I'd like to tread into another territory that isn't covered by employement statistics. I call it the willfully unemployed, and I know of no way to track it. I'll give two examples.I know two people very well who work hard during the summertime. They put in long hours for 9-10 months of the year to make a hefty paycheck. One of these guys is a construction worker making in excess of $50,000 per year, and the other is a agricultural insurance adjuster who makes just under $50,000 per year. What do they do in the winter? They collect unemployment. I don't think that this is a just policy. These people are prefectly able to work during the winter months. Stop and Go is always hiring, but they refuse. And it's not like $50,000 a year is enough to live on. However, these seasonal employees tend to get lumped into the unemployed sector of the populace at large.The second category of people are the ones who refuse to take employment because their paychecks would be comparable to what they make on unemployment. So a person can only make $20,000 to $25,000 a year working at Stop and Go. When they are collecting that with their unemployment check from their $50,000 a year job, where is the incentive to go back to work?We will never know how many people people fit into these categories, but it raises yet another important point. Why are we incenting people to not work? I can understand if there are simply no jobs out there, and I know that there are parts of the country where that is the case (Michigan, Rhode Islan). However, 90% of this country has an over-abundance of work available. The problem is, many middle class families have to much pride to work those jobs even if it is only temporary.
I am puzzled at your puzzlement of the leaks. Think about it. Every single terrorist organization on the planet is tearing itself inside out wondering if they have a double agent in their midst. If they were really smart they would start posting on terrorist web sites and blogs rumors that, say, Al Qaeda in Yemen may have also been compromised. Then you just sit back and watch them eat themselves. Strategy people, strategy.
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