The Wall Street Journal's commentary pages today prominently feature an article by Andrew Krepinevich, who describes a new and parlous terrorist threat: attacking offshore oil rigs.
Well, maybe. His whole point, really, is that offshore oil rigs are “soft” targets, meaning easy to attack. Sure they are. So are many other targets (dams, water supplies, hydrocarbon storage facilities, mass transit, etc., etc. ad infinitum). I'm not convinced there's anything special about the offshore oil rigs. But I have a real problem with those, like Krepinevich, who think that we should try to defend all these things. To steal someone else's phrasing: we do that, and the terrorists really have won...
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