OK, somebody has to say it. 17 years ago close to 3,000 people died largely because the US was unprepared for an attack of that kind, or for that matter any kind. A year ago, a hurricane hit Puerto Rico and around 3,000 people died because, again, the US was unprepared. 13 years ago, possibly 2,000 people died when a hurricane struck New Orleans. Again, the US was unprepared. We are the Nation of Perpetual Unpreparedness.
Of course, I hasten to add, we are always prepared to drop bombs on people who have done us no harm.
Anyway, I wonder what will happen this time, as Hurricane Florence approaches the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.