MemberSince99 wrote:However, does anyone with an IQ higher than their age SERIOUSLY believe this has anything at all to do with the great, never-ending "War on Terror"?
That justification is used for a lot of things. If you want another example take a look at the security theater of the TSA. Security experts said long ago and well before the recent reports that what they were doing was ineffective and just for show. It's really no different than the old "think of the children!" emotional tug.
IQ isn't the issue (and even smart people do dumb things). It's all about what the masses are willing to accept and most of them don't pay much attention to what's going on. Look at what domestic "news" covers versus international news.