Our State of Mind
My cyberfriend Malcolm Pollack is puzzled by something that I've also been reflecting upon, and we're not the only ones, for Jonah Goldberg over at NRO has been dwelling on it as well -- namely, Faisal Shahzad's apparent incompetence, despite being trained by a sophisticated terrorist network, that deserves to earn such a headline as:
"Super-sophisticated terrorist network plants half-assed dud in Times Square"That's Goldberg's humorous line, but his question was a serious one, and a lot of readers replied with a suggestion about Shahzad's state of mind that Goldberg just doesn't buy:
A bunch of readers think the obvious answer is that he was simply stupid. I don't buy it. First, he apparently had two college degrees . . . .Stop right there! Two college degrees? One wasn't enough? That ought to tell us something. I knew already from 35 years' experience in academia that standards had gone down, but Shahzad's incompetence shows just how bad grade inflation has become! That half-assed dude in Times Square should serve as a warning -- not that our homeland security has failed but that our schools have.
Bring back educational standards, and we'll see fewer embarrassing failures of this sort!