A small ripple made by the report on the national database of potential terror targets has folks understandably puzzled. Petting zoos and Mule Day and the fleamarket in Sweetwater somehow don't make the cut for some tactical observers.
Then again, do we expect any benefit from an actual list of critical centers of commerce and government and energy facilities? Judging from the constant computer thefts, why provide would-be evildoers with a actual list of places that could hurt the nation as a whole? Better to make a database of places and events where it would be more likely that local residents would approach Islamofascist-types with a baseball bat as soon as they are seen in public.
In terms of keeping the public panic-filled attention, the list can provide tax dollars for security programs and encourage voters who feel their local needs are a priority.
In some ways, it explains the enormous security presence in Morristown last month at an immigration reform rally -- it justifies dollars being spent and it connects voter anxiety to immigration issues which have been front and center in the campaign for Tennessee's Senate race.
The labyrinth design of diverting dollars has many dead-ends.
But mostly it seems that keeping the folks at Mule Day and in the Mideast terror camps convinced they are Vital is the also the key to keeping funding and panic at the highest levels.