maybe its just bc i'm autistic and feel the need to inconsequentially correct peopel, but if you think the feds are competent enough to prevent people being assassinated by drones BEFORE a credible attempt (like, front-page NYT "trump attacked with drone" headline lever) is made then you are operating under a delusion that they are far more competent than they actually are.
here is a national security threat they had months to prepare for: covid. if trump went on TV in february wearing a mask and said
"everyone, the chinese, they're sending a new virus. i tried to stop them, i told them, 'you cant be eating this, the bats, you cant keep eating them, you just cant,' but they didn't listen to me, and now, look at whats happening over in wuhan, look at what theyre doing there."
the feds are actually incompetent. the japanese, south koreans, hongkies, and taiwanese are just as capitalistic as the US but theyre also substantially less retarded so they put cloth over their mouths for a month and basically skipped the part where the entire economy shut down and hundreds of thousands of people died.
there are smart people working for the feds and i'm sure theres someone with half a brain who says "we should strap a gun to the same software that tennis networks use to review whether balls land in or out of court and use these to shoot down quadcopters that try to assassinate people" and i assure you that person's boss is a retarded boomer who watches fox news and secretly suspects his subordinate of being effeminate because he received too many participation trophies growing up