Homeland Security chief Michael "the gremlin" Chertoff was most scared of European terrorists before he was most scared of homegrown terrorists, and now he's most scared of terrorists from Europe again - all inside two months.
At the beginning of December he said that America should concentrate on screening incoming travellers from Europe because it didn't have the homegrown terror threat Europe did. Then by mid-December he had decided that "There's probably a greater risk in terms of likelihood from a homegrown attack than from a massive international attack."
Now it's mid-January and he's flip-flopped again:
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said he is "increasingly worried" over terrorist threats to the United States originating from Europe.This from the man who, last Summer, famously hyped the terror threat based on nothing more than his "gut feeling" but when very gently pressed said the region that most scared him was South Asia.
"I have to say the biggest threat comes from overseas and one of the places we are increasingly worried about is Europe," Chertoff told the BBC Wednesday.
Do you think he sleeps with a nightlight in case the Osama in the closet comes to get him?