“The system worked…” said Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano on December 27 discussing the security defenses against the attack on Flight 253 on Christmas Day by African terrorist Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
Yet one day later, Napolitano said, “No Secretary of Homeland Security would say the system worked.”
This is the same Napolitano who has refused to say the words “terrorist attacks” but instead has referred to them as the politically-correct “man-caused disasters”. This is utterly ridiculous. Napolitano must go.
Obama terrorism and national security adviser John Brennan then told CNN on January 3 that there was “no smoking gun” pointing to a reason that Abdulmutallab should have been stopped from boarding that flight. When in fact the terrorist’s own father had warned American officials about his son, apparently on three separate occasions.
“There were a number of pieces that were out there, but for whatever reason, they weren’t brought together,” Brennan said.
Indeed there were. Obvious things like giving a plane ticket to a young African Muslim male passenger who paid in cash, had no luggage and purchased a one-way ticket. Whose own father had warned about his son.
Should quotes like these show us with certainty that the Obama administration is clueless on terrorism?
No. They should prove that it is grossly negligent on terrorism. Obama’s own actions and words should too. Even the former law firm of his attorney general Eric Holder has represented Yemeni terror detainees.
How about our own US Army so afraid of political correctness that it refused to even acknowledge that an Islamic nut like major Nidal Malik Hasan was a threat. Until after he had killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, that is.
So they finally ‘connected the dots’ at Fort Hood… Afterward. Like we did long after 9/11.
Obama came out swinging on January 5 with a statement to the press. It was hard-hitting and is parsed below. But all his feigned anger at the “systemic failure” that made the Detroit attack possible, along with incongruous statements from people like Napolitano and Brennan, make you wonder if Obama is even engaged in this ‘war on terror’ or, as Dick Cheney has charged, not even in the game. Because no matter what this president says, his administration’s words and actions tell the true story.
Perhaps Obama’s lack of executive experience is starting to show, something that was discussed repeatedly in the campaign of 2008. Does he expect that perhaps The Buck Does NOT Stop at the Oval Office?
He certainly seems to imply that, endlessly blaming everyone else for everything.
It is interesting to watch the press suddenly rushing to compare Obama to Bush. They say that Shoe Bomber Richard Reid was tried in civilian courts and that this is a precedent for Abdulmutallab to be so tried.
Yet we conservatives disagreed with that form of trial.
The media also are attacking Bush in retrospect for having released Guantanamo detainees to dangerous Yemen.
Which the same media advocated, and we conservatives disagreed with. And Bush probably ordered it just to try to appease the relentless media denigration of every single action he took as president.
Here are excerpts from Obama’s January 5 statement with comments:
Obama: “I just concluded a meeting with members of my national security team, including those from our intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement agencies involved in the security reviews that I ordered after the failed attack on Christmas Day.” Comment: It was not a “failed” attack. It succeeded. Only luck saved the plane and its passengers.
Obama: “Here at home, our intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement agencies have worked together with considerable success: gathering intelligence, stitching it together, and making arrests — from Denver to Texas, from Illinois to New York — disrupting plots and saving American lives.” Comment: Uh, Texas? Is that intentional disrespect for those who died at Ford Hood?
Obama: “But when a suspected terrorist is able to board a plane with explosives on Christmas Day the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way.” Comment: No, the president has failed. A president who will not even utter the words ‘war on terror’.
Obama: “And that’s why, shortly after the attempted bombing over Detroit, I ordered two reviews. I directed Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to review aviation screening, technology and procedures.” Comment: For someone who said “the system worked”, Napolitano is hardly the person to be reviewing these procedures. Perhaps Paris Hilton would be a better choice.
Obama: “I also directed my counterterrorism and homeland security advisor John Brennan to lead a thorough review into our terrorist watch-listing system so we can fix what went wrong.“ Comment: Yeah, right, John ‘No Smoking Gun’ Brennan. Don’t expect him to find any smoking guns that are staring him in the face.
Obama: “As I described over the weekend, elements of our intelligence community knew that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had traveled to Yemen and joined up with extremists there. It now turns out that our intelligence community knew of other red flags…” Comment: Stop the blame game, Mr. President. You are our leader. Take personal responsibility for the first time in your administration!
Obama: “In other words, this was not a failure to collect intelligence; it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.” Comment: Right, because Democrats and their allies at the ACLU have been building ‘walls’ to prevent agencies from sharing vital information since the Church Committee in 1975.
Obama: “Now, I will accept that intelligence, by its nature, is imperfect, but it is increasingly clear that intelligence was not fully analyzed or fully leveraged. That’s not acceptable, and I will not tolerate it.” Comment: Obama is finally angry. Because his presidency almost was ruined if this act had gone further and brought down that plane. And that is why he suddenly is so vocal.
Obama: “Immediately after the attack, I ordered concrete steps to protect the American people: new screening and security for all flights, domestic and international; more explosive detection teams at airports; more air marshals on flights; and deepening cooperation with international partners.” Comment: So how about real effective tactics like profiling? Oh, wait, they already do that. If you are a white grandmother or a caucasian baby in a stroller, you will be profiled for special screening while young African Muslim males on terror lists with no baggage are whisked through.
Obama: “Finally, some have suggested that the events on Christmas Day should cause us to revisit the decision to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. So let me be clear…. We will close Guantanamo prison, which has damaged our national security interests and become a tremendous recruiting tool for al Qaeda.” Comment: A country-club prison is not a recruiting tool for Al Qaeda. A lax president who offers every accommodation to terrorism is. The mullahs in Iran gave up their American hostages in January 1981 at the very sight of a strong president like Ronald Reagan taking the oath of office.
Barack Obama is another Jimmy Carter. The Big Picture is that it is Obama who is not connecting the dots. His every outreach to the world has failed when Obama said it would improve our image in the world. And if Obama does not get tough on terrorism, the Christmas attack is just a warning of things to come. Because another attack is coming. Soon.
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