“Obama may have rather smugly given himself a “B+” for his 2009 performance but he gets an F for the events that led to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarding a Detroit-bound plane in Amsterdam with a PETN bomb sewn into his underpants. He said today that a “systemic failure has occurred”. Well, he’s in charge of that system.”
Author and commenters’ highlights …
Author Toby Harnden:
Failure of Abdulmutallab’s father’s message to reach authority.
Failure of FBI, CIA, NSA to connect the dots, AGAIN.
‘Other’ pieces not put together about Abdulmutallab from CIA observations in Yemen.
Obama took three days before speaking to the American people, emerging on Monday in between golf and tennis games in Hawaii to deliver a rather tepid address that significantly underplayed what happened. He described Abdulmutallab as an “isolated extremist” who “allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device on his body” – phrases that indicate a legalistic, downplaying approach that alarms rather than reassures. [And Bush critics decried his stunned pause of 5 minutes and keeping the school children calm after being stunned by learning of the 9/11 attacks]
There has been a pattern developing with the Obama administration trying to minimise terrorist attacks.
Questioning the wisdom of closing Guantanamo Bay, and sending 90 Yemeni detainees now being held at Gitmo back to their country of origin.
Janet ‘the system worked’ Napolitano.
Continued sideswipes at the Bush administration.
Disgraceful malignant persistence in blaming the Bush administration.
Leftists put more effort into going after and demonizing the CIA and everyday Americans protesting our out of control government than they do terrorists.
Soft on terrorism and soft on the causes of terrorism
Obama’s sanctimonious pursuance of CIA operatives who he perceives to have engaged in “torture”. The CIA were assiduous in obtaining legal sanction in writing from Congress for all the methods that were used against terrorist suspects. Now the very people who fought so hard to protect America (and indirectly, the rest of us) are subject to politically correct opprobrium and a legal witch-hunt.
Wikipedia: Political correctedness