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  • Morning Bell: Does Obama Realize We Are at War Yet?

    Refusing to interrupt his Hawaiian golf vacation for almost three full days after the Flight 253 attack, President Barack Obama finally emerged on December 28th to assure the American people that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was “an isolated extremist” and that he had already “been charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft.” Continuing to treat the incident like a common law-enforcement problem Obama referred to Abdulmutallab as the “suspect” five times and promised he would “not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable.”

    Perhaps Obama should have stayed on the links for another 24 hours, because by yesterday it had become exceedingly clear that Abdulmutallab was in no conceivable way “isolated” and was instead very much part of al Qaeda’s larger war on the United States. Here’s what we know so far:

    • According to CBS News, as early as August of 2009 the Central Intelligence Agency was picking up information on a person of interest dubbed “The Nigerian,” suspected of meeting with “terrorist elements” in Yemen.
    • According to the Wall Street Journal, the father of Mr. Abdulmutallab warned the CIA of his son’s likely radicalization at the U.S. embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. That led to a broader gathering of agencies the next day, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department, in which the information was shared.
    • According to CNN, information on Abdulmutallab, including his passport number and possible connection to extremists, had been sent to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, but it sat there for five weeks and was not disseminated.
    • Also according to the Wall Street Journal, the National Security Agency who had been monitoring former Guantanamo detainees in Yemen had communications intercepts suggesting a Nigerian was being prepped for a terror strike by al Qaeda operatives in that country.
    • And the Washington Post reports that not only did the British government reject an Abdulmutallab visa application this May, but that British Home Secretary Alan Johnson said that U.S. officials should have been told about the rejection and that he believes they were.

    Faced with this preponderance of evidence that Abdulmutallab did not act alone President Obama finally admitted yesterday that “a systemic failure has occurred. And I consider that totally unacceptable.” It may have taken Obama four full days to reach this conclusion, after both White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spent all of Sunday trying to convince the American people that “the system worked”, but his belated acknowledgment of the seriousness of the situation is welcome.

    Also belatedly welcome is the acknowledgment that al Qaeda is a major force in Yemen that must be dealt with carefully. The Washington Post describes al Qaeda in Yemen as a ”major new threat to the United States,” but there is nothing new about it. In fact, al-Qaeda’s first terrorist attack against Americans came in Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden’s father, who had migrated to neighboring Saudi Arabia before the birth of the al-Qaeda leader. In December 1992, bin Laden’s followers bombed a hotel in Yemen that was used by U.S. military personnel involved in supporting the humanitarian food relief flights to Somalia. And in October 2000, seventeen American sailors on board the USS Cole, were killed in an al-Qaeda bombing in the harbor of Aden, Yemen’s main port.

    The Obama administration must stop thinking of al Qaeda and Abdulmutallab as mere criminals. Obama’s blindness to Abdulmutallab’s al Qaeda connections and his insistence on calling him a “suspect” in the “alleged” bombing is the same mindset dictating Obama’s decision to send Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorists to New York for a civilian trial in federal court. Hopefully this incident will prod Obama into revisiting that historically bad decision.

    Quick Hits:

    • New York Democratic Gov. David Paterson and California GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are leveling sharp criticism at the Senate health care bill, warning that under that version their states will be crushed by billions in new costs.
    • Calling it “a tax on living” Florida Attorney General William McCollum is pledging to fight the constitutionality Obamacare’s individual mandate in court.
    • Thanks to millions spent in lobbying, trial lawyers are one of the few interest groups who do not have to sacrifice anything under Obamacare.
    • Democrats in Congress are attempting to blame Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) for the lack of a Transportation Security Administration leader despite the fact that it was the Obama administration that waited until September to even nominate someone.
    • According to an intelligence report obtained by the Associated Press Tuesday, Iran is close to clinching a deal to clandestinely import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan,
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    51 Responses to Morning Bell: Does Obama Realize We Are at War Yet?

    1. Jim, Wisconsin says:

      Don't be stupid.

      Of COURSE Obama realizes we're at war.

      The clueless ones are the people in this country who don't realize that Obama is on the other side.

    2. Ron Bell Springfield says:

      Hey, Give this Guy a break, He has to first be told what to say,then he has to poll what he has to say,and then it has to be put on his official teleprompter, and then he has to read it to his focus group for content, this takes time, he makes decisions based on what his handlers let him say,and look Presidential all at the same time.

    3. toledofan says:

      I don't think that Obama or his administration will ever say that we are at war nor will they acknowledge that terrorism exists. To do so would mean that their whole premise of being able to talk and reason with the terrorists to leave us alone or to go bother someone else, would collapse or be failed logic on their part. I suspect this administration will continue to blame Bush, make life a little tougher with body scans, and continue to treat these as isolated incidents.

    4. ChrisWI says:

      I believe that as these things unfold the American people who voted this man into office are asking themselves, "What have we done?".

    5. Bob Hall Syosset, N says:

      Everyone in favor of the Senate or House version of health care reform, reminds us that we have to have car insurance. It is interesting to note that the car is insured not the owner. If he were to loan the car to someone the insurance on the vehicle follows the vehicle.

    6. Jayne Frank, Lake An says:

      Obama does not think we are a super power, dislikes this Country immensely, and wants to play nice with the terrorists that want Americans to die. Terrorists don't discriminate or profile; they don't care whether you are black, Muslim, white, a woman or child. Because they hate our capitalist society (which Obama's wealth distribution administration is also against), they just want to create as much destabilization and unrest as possible. 9 plots in the last 6 months have been foiled but he still wants to call them "suspects." That is what happens when you have a boychild as your Commander in Chief.

    7. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Jim – You took the words out of my mouth. You are exactly correct.

    8. Dan, Simi Valley, CA says:

      The TSA has been exposed as incompetent and worthless – a political entity to give make-work jobs to potential Democrat voters. Really gives you a nice feeling when boarding an aircraft, huh? Fortunately, passengers know the score and will take action.

      Our enemy is taking careful note. They will keep trying to blow themselves – and us – out of the sky.

    9. Harry, Illinois says:

      It's the Jimmy Carter era all over again.

      High taxes, Huge Spending, Poor Foreign Policy, high unemployment and pretty soon runaway inflation and high interest rates. Paul Volker, are U still here? The Libs are again, as usual out of control. Why can't our representatives just learn how to legislate honest policies and reform instead of back stabbing each other? All we hear about is Bush, Bush, Bush. Forget about it. What's done, is done. Let's just get on with fixing the mess that has been festering our nation since JFK and move on with fixing the problems that are tearing us apart.

    10. Mike says:

      Indeed Obama emerged from his Golf Cave three days after a terrorist attack on american soil to reassure the american people, all 320,000,000 of them. He did however, interrupt his Golf game to urgently and immdiately go home when a family guest was struck by a surf board. Again, Obama shows his real concern and priorities for the American people.Happy New Year, only 3 years left of this horrible administration.

    11. John , Texas says:

      I thank God that the attack was a complete failure. Now, Obama may not realize that we are at war however, there is an awakening of the "Black Robed Regiment" of Colonial America that helped shape the Independence of our nation from an enemy from without and today they are becoming instumental, again, not with bullets but with God's help and the Constitution of these United States of America to take our goverment back from eneimies within that war against the principles held by our founders. "We the People!!!"

    12. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      Anybody who is interested in the 2010 midterm election should contact me at ww77651@aol.com

    13. Ben C, Ann Arbor says:

      Guess the apology tour didn't work.

      Any speculation as to Janet's next job? Maybe Hugo Chavez has a job opening.

    14. Merrill Inglis says:

      What does it take for the good pople to say thats all we can take.I find it amazing that educated people fall for this presidents thouht pattern.My question I have every day is, is he really trying to destroy us

    15. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      No matter what Obama says, it cannot be believed because he has never spoken the truth. In fact I do not believe he knows what "TRUTH" is. His "truths" are whatever suits the occasion.

      He and all like him are naive ideologists who have belief in Marxism and a Social Utopia. This blinds them to their own ugly doctrines as well as to the ugliness of some realities.

      Perhaps if Obama allows himself to believe that the purpose of Islamic terrorists is to destroy Americanism he'd have to see himself in the same category because his goals amount to the same thing. Instead of bomb terror he is using political terror.

    16. Prevailer76AZ says:

      The use of raw political power is evident in the Obama administration. They will circumvent all established rules of conduct and law, any way they can. It is amazing how those in majority in congress have almost without question responded in lock-step to Obama's drumbeat. Surely some sense of ethics or conscience exists among those delagates. Are they mesmerized or are they afraid?

    17. HR Waltner, Duluth, says:

      I was shocked and amazed to learn that The President now believes that there was a serious breach of our National Security in this matter. He really seems to be on top of these things there in Hawaii!

    18. Nancy/Mississipppi says:

      Of course, Obama doesn't get it! He doesn't want to get it. His plan to destroy our freedoms, as well as our nation is in play. He wants to rule at all cost, with an iron fist. Power is the name of the game with him, while displaying that smile. REMEMBER, America…God has a plan and the last Word. Take care.

    19. Jonathan Seid, Willi says:

      President Obama is intellectually afraid of his friends who are liberal.

      He has painted himself into a corner with no exit because he is surrounding himself with people who tell him how righteous, how right and how special he is.

      He can deny that the baby is ugly all day long. When others see how ugly the baby really is, they will decide for themselves how foolish and wrong he is. So it goes with this war. The President doesn't have the perspective, the maturity and the common-man's sense, to admit that the baby is ugly.

      He is a shallow man who holds the highest elected office in the land. Our enemy knows this and will exploit this weakness.

    20. Robert Fisher says:

      This latest socalled attack is a direct result of the USA,S constant meddling in other Countries Affairs. keek your Soldiers at home or it will get only worse. The USA has been propping up the opposition in Yemen for Years, only stoking the Flames.

    21. Colleen Swan, Lees S says:

      It is time to take back our country in 2010. Republicans must take a conservative stand joining the Tea Party Movement patrons. Let our voices be heard. Those in Washington were sent there by us and are not doing their job. We need to vote those out who are not voting how their constituents want.

      Stop trying to take away the freedom our fore fathers fought so hard to give us. God Bless America!

    22. Robert Fisher says:

      this Comment Page represents the true American spirit. no matter how clean and truth full i keep it, if my view does not represent the view of which ever way the wind is blowing, it will not be printed. how silly of me, here i thought that freedom of expression was one of the virtues that you are attacking innocent countries for. if i write the truth about something you do not want to hear it will not appear. shame on you for murdering innocent civilians all over the globe for what was once proud and free has now turned into a bunch of mass murdering mercenaries aiding only the chosen few. the sooner your economy collapses, the better of the rest of the world will be. oh, can you please put me on your no-fly list for i have absolutely no desire to visit anytime soon or not until the reigns of power are being handed back to the American people.

    23. yvonne wittig Larned says:

      Every passing day we see that the next election should require some kind of IQ text to be taken. Our President got elected because he promised everything to everybody.There are many in America who depend on the Government for everything. We saw that in progress when Katrina hit, 5 days notice and they sat and waited for help.

      The election in 2010 cannot come soon enough,all the crackpots need to be thrown out of office and replaced. That at least will be a start.

      I say if anyone doesn't like the way America works move to Europe,there are plenty of people who would gladly move here.

    24. LeRoy Reed says:

      Impeach this idiot president!! of course if we do that,then we are leftwith POLOSE, BIDEN OR REID, WELL IMPEACH ALL OF THEM! REPUBLICANS ARE DOING NOTHING! SO WHAT NOW??

    25. Karen Bonville says:

      Anthony G.Martin wrote an interesting artcle for the Columbia Consevative Examiner about Obama amending and signing an executive order on Dec 17 2009 that states Interpol has full diplomatic immunity now and can go above any law enforcment here in the U.S.They are able to arrest anyone and confiscate anyones property without the help of any of our law enforcment agencies.So if this says what I believe it does we are or have become a police state.How close to communism are we supposed to let Obama take us?

    26. Mike - New York says:

      Mr. Fisher is delusional and in deep denial of reality and terrorism. I don't want to fly with terrorists, nor someone like Mr. Fisher. What does Mr. Fisher think this " so called" terrorist was doing: Lighting the way for mankind?

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    28. Martin Nielsen, Albu says:

      Janet N's comment that the system worked is a half truth. Only west bound trans-Atlantic flights were notified of the bomb attempt. The message did not go out to flights airborne in the CONUS. Janet is a graduate of one of Albuquerque's high schools.

    29. Don Harper, Lubbock, says:

      • "According to CNN, information on Abdulmutallab, including his passport number and possible connection to extremists, had been sent to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, but it sat there for five weeks and was not disseminated." This failure by the CIA is inexcusable, but perhaps to be expected. Being told that their efforts over the past 7 years to keep us safe were illegal, it should not surprise us to find out that morale and work ethic have suffered. After all, if national security is less important than terrorists' rights, just how important is national security? Not very, it seems.

    30. Jimmy, Belen, NM says:

      Obama knows EXACTLY what he is doing. If he acknowledges that these people are terrorists and the enemy then he is automatically guilty of treason by way of giving them aid and comfort.

    31. Leith Wood, Virginia says:

      There are a lot of deceitful, dishonest, traitoress things going on in America right now. Obama's attitude toward Jihad and terrorism are helping to defeat freedom. He will not change his agenda, so we must get rid of the incompetants in office and kick him out in 2012. Pull up Jihad Watch, Act For America and educate yourself, so you may help save our beloved country. Now or never.

    32. TIM K COUNCIL BLUFFS says:

      Every day Barack Hussein Obama occupies the White House, America is in grave danger. impeachment petition.Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/ygz4wfe

    33. Dino California says:

      Jim Wisconsin, above, nails it when he says: "Of COURSE Obama realizes we’re at war. The clueless ones are the people in this country who don’t realize that Obama is on the other side."

      And as Peggy Noonan phrased it: "He's not one of us"

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    35. Leith Wood, Virginia says:

      Everyone in Obama's coterie should be fired now. Watch unemployment climb to 12. Happy New Year Heritage and thank you.

    36. John B. San Diego says:

      The United States of America should return to the language "Congress shall Make War", from that point the President signs "A State of War" exists and the Executive plans and processes the means to accomplish the objective.

      As America experiences war back to 1971 and further back the Executive has war powers and the Congress has funding powers. The U.N. is also in our way of accomplishing "OUR Victory".

      That type of policy undermines check and balances, setforth in The Constitution. Commander in Chiefs are allowed to overstep aggressive measures i.e. Richard Nixon or in the case of Barack Obama completely ignore “A State of War" exists.

      Congress and the Executive should own up to their “Oath of Offices” declare “A State of War" exists between Terrorist Organizations and Sources of Terrorists Organizations Financiers and States that Support Harbor or Fund Terrorism. No Grey Area left to dodge or point fingers or lay blame, just straight out we are at war.

      U.S. population knows exactly where we stand and so do our potential enemies. Harsh but true, how else do we describe what we face today but for "Harsh?" The Constitution was so brilliantly conceived and assembled; and every time we amend or modify that document we suffer.

      The last war we won FDR. Signed "DECLARATION OF WAR" December 08, 1941. What else do we need to know? And what else do our enemies need to know?

    37. HR Waltner, Duluth, says:

      I fail to understand that with two ongoing wars raging, and our nation at risk more than it ever has in our history, how a person who was denied a Visa by another nation, paying with cash and traveling on a one way ticket could be allowed to board an airliner without red flags alerting The Nation TSA. This demonstrates the lack of seriousness paid by this administration to our national security. Things have to change – and quickly – or this nation is at incomprehensible risk!

    38. Ron Derry Nh says:

      Law enforcement needs to allow crimes to ocur so that justice can then be waged by lawyers after the criminal act has been completed. This is not national defense but national sacrifice.

      Waging war is when one pursues the would be assassins where they lurk and ferret them out and dispatch them.

      If Obot has chosen LAW enforcement over War enforcement then he has declared that he will allow American citizens to Die at the hands of criminals so that the wheels of justice can be engaged via their blood.

      He has dropped out of being the Commander in Chief, dutifully sworn to protect us, to a theorists willing to trade innocent lives for the false security of capturing and punishing killers after allowing them their deeds.

      Obama is proving to be more than inexperienced, he is proving to be callous and uncaring of his own duty and the peoples lives he is supposed to be defending before a crime is committed against them.

      More than just your average empty suit; he is a false leader.

    39. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      I LOVE HF headlines -

      "Does Obama Realize We Are at War Yet?

      Answer – YES

      LVKen7@Gmail.com

      I talked to him just now,

      and he said – YES, He had heard about the war from

      somebody.

      And the HF, Rush, GOPS, and Cs – NOT TO WORRY.

    40. Lee-White Tanks AZ says:

      We elected a man/child Community Organizer from the South Side of Chicago. What could we possibly been thinking.

      Not only that, we provided a cheering section made up of the Government of the United States and the Fourth Estate (MSM). Now he is on the loose with all the "toys" at his command.

      He must be politically crippled in 2010 and removed from office legally in 2012. Otherwise we stand the very good chance of witnessing our own demise as a viable and powerful nation.

      Sleep Well America.

      PC is Thought Control

      LEE

    41. PATRIOT/PREACHER says:

      a move to impeach would send a strong message but would accomplish little since biden would become the next puppet

      you can also pray that this "One nation under GOD"

      would turn back to that GOD. I will be praying on new years eve Join me!

    42. robert sargent new j says:

      america we are in trouble.lefty loones are going to hurt our country. no one say anything about obamas lies.the fox news is the only one i look for the truth.obama and holter give our enemies time to get their jihad on track.if we last to nov.2010 those lefty will be voted out,stay mad stay ready,and stay focus on the 2010 elections.god bless this great country and the constitution.

    43. Rob Weinhold, Dale C says:

      This situation is beginning to sound like what happened during the Clinton administration when the government of Sudan offered up Osama bin Laden on a silver platter and Clinton turned down the offer. The Obama people need to wake up to the reality that our nation is at war with terrorists, and the fact that the terrorists don't want to sit down with us and sing Kumbaya. Until they come to this realization and take the initiative against Islamic terrorists who are determined to commit atrocities against us in the name of Jihad, our nation will continue to be at risk.

    44. Brandon Arguelles, O says:

      There is a reason lefty loones are hurting our country. First they are bored and jobless. Second they have a bad education. Some people in need of attention find causes to stand behind so they can socialize more then really stand behind what they say. You have to question them, line by line, what are their values and principles. You would be amazed and so would they when you finish speaking with them, they are conservative, except for one wacko thing they say they care about.

    45. Jake Addison, Michig says:

      Obama is an evil man, none of us who knew all about his lies and true agenda are surpised at any of what we now are witnessing. The said part of this situation is that so many voters cast their vote to his ballot not realising or taking the time to interpet his all to famous quote of: "We are five days from fundamentialy changing America" Now of course this is exactly what hes doing……and BTW He's not my president, I didnt vote for him nor have I ever supported his marcisum and socialist behaviour. Lets de-throne this man and all his liberal senators and congressmen in November of 2010 it is our last hope.

    46. harv, Pa says:

      I can only hope and pray the people of this great country have enough courage to stand up to this opressive,ultraleftist government and vote them ALL out of office. All to often we send an elected offical to Washington with all the best of intentions of serving his electors, only to find that to get along he has to GO along or he will not be able to accomplish anything. this country is controled by BIG MONEY,and the ELITE who tell OBAMA what they want him to do………

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    48. Earl, QUEENS, NY says:

      Re: Dick Cheney’s criticism of the BHO administration; BHO pretending we’re not at war??….Nearly a year after the BHO abomination began, we still hear the ‘Blame Bush/Cheney’ drivel from democrats. GET REAL!! The fact is – it was Bush/Cheney who kept us safe after 9/11, not the politically correct BS we now see with BHO and the Democrats in power!! We also had a far better economy and lower unemployment 4 years ago, before the Democrats won back Congress. As for Cheney, given his age and health, it’s doubtful he’ll run for office again. Thus his motives are not political, but just a concern for our country….Furthermore, did Cheney ever say “Stand up Chuck, let them see you….” to a guy in a wheelchair? Did Cheney ever say it’s our patriotic duty to pay more taxes, or that we have to spend more money to avoid bankruptcy? In plain language, who was the better VP – Cheney, or the idiot who succeeded him?? IMO, Biden alone was enough reason to say that some 63,000,000 voters were ignorant fools on 11/4/08!!

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    50. Rich,Phila.Pa. says:

      Obama will know we are at War with radical islam when they kill & maim a few thousand American citizens,men women and children,like they did on 9-11 and the embassies in Africa in the 90's,with a few coordinated attacks right here in the USA,by home grown jihadist,they do not even need Airplanes to carry any of this out,all they need is this administration to keep its course on fighting & prosecuting these islamist criminals in our civilian courts and given all the rights of a US citizen.

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