We Democrats were rightly outraged by the massive intelligence failure which culminated in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. President Bill Clinton prepared a ‘watch out for Bin Laden and terrorism’ memorandum for George W. Bush before leaving office. George W. had been president for eight months when the attacks took place. But George W. Bush was on V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N.
Barack H. Obama was on a two week V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N when a terrorist attacked. That terrorist attack has caused havoc and new restrictions on travelers. But from Dimocrats we do not hear outrage at the stumbling, bumbling failures. We hear silly excuses designed to protect Barack Obama.
Dimocrats and Obama enablers are attempting to minimize the terrorist attack in Detroit on Christmas Day. These Dimocrats and Big Media Obama protectors are calling the terrorist attack the “undie” bomber in order to make light of what might have been. What might have been is that on a day of great importance to Christians a Muslim terrorist sought to kill hundreds of people, if not thousands, by having an airplane crash into Detroit.
George W. Bush presided over a massive intelligence failure eight months after his inauguration. Barack H. Obama presided over a massive intelligence failure eleven months after his inauguration. We excoriated George W. Bush for his bungling and lack of preparedness. Barack H. Obama deserves to be equally excoriated – if not more so.
Where was Obama? Obama was on Vacation. When Obama finally emerged it was to issue, with a yawn, excuses and feigned upset. Obama then went back to the golf course.
We Democrats excoriated George W. Bush for what happened on September 11, 2001. We were right to do so. Compared to George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama is even more culpable. George W. Bush ridiculously claimed he was taken by surprise by the 9/11 attacks. That there was a memorandum on his desk directly stating that Bin Laden was preparing attacks inside the United States made the excuse extra-ridiculous.
George W. Bush could claim however that there were bureaucratic obstacles which prevented preventing the attacks. That excuse too would have been ridiculous, but at least it would have the benefit of highlighting the lack of coordination and officials in charge of coordination. Barack H. Obama does not have that excuse.
George W. Bush created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in order to coordinate intelligence information between agencies. That office has existed for years and Obama has been in charge of it for 11 months. Obama must be held to account. Janet Napolitano, the inexperienced on national security boob Obama has appointed to run the obnoxiously named Department of Homeland Security, must be held to account.
PINOs, Dimocrats, and Obama thugs are doing their best to protect Obama the boob.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s father had courageously contacted the American Embassy in Abuja in November and met the CIA station chief to tell him that his son was involved with fundamentalist elements in Yemen. American intelligence had also intercepted discussions in Yemen about a possible attack by “the Nigerian”.
The Obama administration knew most, if not all, of this by last Sunday, 48 hours after the attack was thwarted. But the priority in Obamaland was to play things down and take pot shots at the Bush administration.
Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security chief – who prefers the term “man-caused disasters” to “terrorism” – blithely stated that there was “no indication that it is part of anything larger”. She then insisted that the “system is working”.
Although Napolitano has taken a lot of flak for these comic utterances, she was not “misspeaking” but trotting out the agreed talking points of the day.
Robert Gibbs, Obama’s chief mouthpiece, also stated that “in many ways this system has worked” and would say nothing about a possible wider plot.
Vacationing in Hawaii, Obama thugs tried to link the “winding down” war in Iraq with “foiled” terrorist attacks. Somehow, these Obama boobs fail to recognize that the Detroit attack has sown chaos and new regulations and restrictions which amount to a successful attack – not as successful as the terrorists wished, but successful nevertheless in circumventing security, loading explosives on board an aircraft, and if not for a Christmas miracle, a fireball aircraft crashing into an American city on Christmas Day (causing terror and further havoc throughout New Year’s Day).
Obama and his thugs and incompetents must be held to account:
Meanwhile, the White House was working overtime to build a case against Bush. A source in the White House counsel’s office told The American Spectator of memos frantically seeking information that would “show that the Bush Administration had had far worse missteps than we ever could”.
Republicans smell blood. There is a pattern in the Obama administration of dismissing Islamist terrorist attacks as regrettable random acts. In his radio address after Major Nidal Hassan’s slaughtered 13 at Fort Hood, Texas, Obama made no mention of terrorism or militant Islam, instead blandly promising that the “ongoing investigation into this terrible tragedy” would “look at the motives of the alleged gunman”.
Hassan was a committed Islamist who had corresponded with the fanatical Yemeni imam Anwar al-Awlaki. In June, Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, a Muslim convert being watched by the FBI and who had previously travelled to Yemen, murdered a US Army recruit in Arkansas. That rated only a tepid statement by Obama about a “senseless act of violence”.
Tepid Obama statements delivered with a yawn and sleepy eyes enable terrorists and terrorism. The terror attacks continue to turn the United States into an armed camp of security roadblocks and bureaucratic searches of persons and personal possessions and Dimocrats continue to protect Obama. Americans can see that the terrorist plots are working and breaking through security while Americans must endure more and more searches and security blocks. Dimocrats remain silent to these outrages or continue to protect Obama.
But the violence wasn’t senseless, it had a calculated objective – just as Abdulmutallab was not, as Obama described him, an “isolated extremist”. No wonder many Americans want to grab Obama by the lapels and scream: “It’s the Jihad, stupid.” Dick Cheney, the former vice-president, clearly struck a nerve when he charged last week that Obama was “trying to pretend we are not at war”.
The White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer eagerly descended into the political fray, responding to Cheney with the obligatory jibe about Iraq and also a litany of examples of Obama’s “public statements that explicitly state we are at war”.
It’s a sure sign that you’re losing the argument when you have to research quotes from your boss’s speeches to prove that he gets it that America is at war. The problem for Obama is that people are now judging him by his actions as well as his words.
Even Marty Peretz, who trys to make light of the terrorist attack by calling it the “skivvies terrorist” knows something is very wrong:
Joe Klein, who spent a lot of print trying more or less to exonerate Dr. Major Nidal Malik Hasan by dint of his being a nutcase, has been curiously silent about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. In fact, there’s been a certain shyness among the whole left-wing blogosphere (and among Democrats, generally) about the skivvies terrorist. There is no place for these journalists to hide and no logic, however dubious, with which they can transfer the guilt to us. And, believe me, if they can’t invent this, there is nothing to invent—nothing.
The fact is that the only personage of note to call Abdulmutallab an “isolated extremist,” which is the closest thing to a solitary crank, was the president himself. And he said it when he already knew that American intelligence, in several of its iterations, had long ago been informed that the would-be bomber had been connected to Al Qaeda in Yemen.
Republicans are denouncing George W. Bush for releasing prisoners from Gitmo to Yemen. They are right to do so. Peretz notes that Dimocrats are the ones acting irresponsibly and blindly:
Moreover, the Republicans and the right-wing opinion centers are, of course, riveted on the president’s instinctive detoxification of what was intended as a faithful act of Islam. They are milking it for what it’s worth. But the Democrats and the vast liberal opinion industry are simply ignoring what is, frankly, an historically naïve and dangerous bewitchment. They do this at their peril.
What is the peril and why must Obama be held to account?
I believe that it is Obama’s perception of Abdulmutallab as an “isolated extremist” that is the real source of the intelligence calamity so dramatically revealed in this case.
Peretz trys to protect Obama a bit by dragging Bush and Bill Clinton into the failure. But that is nonsense. The problem is Obama:
But what the president has done is to wrap the Islamic orbit in a sweetly scented cashmere afghan (if you’ll permit this ironic choice of words) that disguises the reality of the real Islam of this world. Obama has done this grandly several times, most especially with his addresses in Istanbul and Cairo, but also in his more quotidian remarks. The failure of the CIA and the other alphabet agencies to connect the dots is a methodological failure. The president’s failure to grasp the realities is an ideological and psychological failure. In a top-down structure, the top always has the advantage.
It is a thorny matter to design grand tactics for both the world as it is and the world as Obama imagines it. Yes, the president’s representatives and, to some extent, he himself are now talking factual essentials. Already during the campaign, he liquidated the war on terrorism. It was not apt. It was diversionary. And, oh, what a relief this was to his ecstatic crowds.
Peretz is beginning to tip toe into the waters we stirred in our article Barack Obama Is Not Qualified To Be President. Barack H. Obama is not qualified to be president because his worldview is either based on lies he perpetuates or is based on hallucinations he injects:
The president’s cool cannot change that. All that he can do, if that is what he wants, is to divert America’s attention from a massacre culture. But it is not likely to work. The economic imbroglio may allow him to divert us a little longer from this historic crossroads. There is also just a chance that he’ll realize he was wrong and admit it to the great public. I’m not sure I’d bet on that. In any case, the American people see the facts and they will be fooled no longer. It’s ironic that a terrorist assault that had no victims has clarified the truth of our circumstances.
The terror on the Left is that Americans will blame Barack H. Obama and Dimocrats in the same way, for the same reasons, we blamed George W. Bush and the Republicans. George W. Bush did successfully manage the 9/11 attacks and the aftermath. That will likely not be the case for Obama and his Dimocrats. Bob Schieffer of CBS News discusses why the spin won’t work this time:
Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano is getting hammered because her first response to the “Undie-bomber” fiasco was that “the system worked.”
We shouldn’t have been surprised. Sure, she looks a little silly now that the facts are dribbling out. But she was just following the modern bipartisan, public relations template in this age of information management.
First, play down the problem. Second, emphasize what did not go wrong, assure us that those in charge are “investigating,” and most important; emphasize no one in any position of responsibility is at fault. [snip]
When government officials insult us with spin, they are doing it on our dime, which is supposed to be used to operate the government, not to hold news conferences to tell us what a fine job people on the public payroll are doing.
As we learned during Katrina, self-serving spin at the first sign of crisis does not help the situation; it makes it worse, because it makes it harder to believe anything the government says.
Real security is built on trust in the government. That requires truth, which should be the beginning of government presentations, not the fallback position.
The terror on the Left is that Americans are discovering that Obama can’t be trusted. We wrote a long time ago that: We do not trust Obama to run a 7-11 store, let alone a 9-11 type emergency.
The terror on the Left is that Americans agree with us that:
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.