Denis Keohane at American Thinker wonders why anyone should trust Al Gore when he warns of the disasters he claims will be wrought by global warming in 50 or 100 years, given that he couldn't envision the threat of Islamic terrorists using hijacked planes as weapons just a couple of years before it happened, despite having a wealth of germane material in front of him. Keohane writes:
Terrorists had been hijacking airplanes, destroying or plotting to destroy airliners, committing numerous acts of terror suicide, and using vehicles to deliver both the terrorist and the explosives to lethal proximity of their targets for years. Heavily fueled commercial airliners as devices of suicide attack seemed an obviously predictable development. In retrospect. Foresight failed us because we gave insufficient thought to how terrorists might attack.
As Keohane explains, giving thought to how terrorists might attack in the future was precisely what Gore was tasked with doing when President Clinton appointed him chairman of the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security back in 1996.
He failed miserably. Maybe his exhortations about global warming are his way of trying to make amends.
More from Mark Steyn:
Anyone can, as the environmentalists advise, think globally and act locally, but only Gore thinks cosmically and acts not at all.