Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Stop poking the hornet's nest

Proving that Homeland Security doesn't even understand basic pest control:

Frances Fragos Townsend, Bush's homeland security adviser, took issue with the suggestion that the president had ignored warnings from the intelligence community that attacking Iraq would stimulate al-Qaeda's drive for recruits and influence.

"You're assuming it's a zero-sum game, which is what I don't understand," Townsend said. "The fact is, we were harassing them in Afghanistan, we're harassing them in Iraq, we're harassing them in other ways, non-militarily, around the world. And the answer is, every time you poke the hornet's nest, they are bound to come back and push back on you. That doesn't suggest to me that we shouldn't be doing it."

Actually, that's exactly why you aren't supposed to poke hornet's nests. You're supposed to fumigate and destroy them:

Do not disturb the nest in anyway.

Do not make any loud noises.

Treating hornets should be done at night, without shaking the nest.

Simply removing the nest will not resolve the problem, because surviving wasps will reconstruct a new one.

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