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Morning Bell: Does Obama Realize We Are at War Yet?
Posted By Conn Carroll On December 30, 2009 @ 9:30 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
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:
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 .
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URLs in this post:
 assure: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-attempted-attack-christmas-day-and-recent-violence-iran
 CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/12/29/cbsnews_investigates/main6035647.shtml
 Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126213211097909605.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories
 CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/12/29/airline.terror.cia/
 Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/29/AR2009122902886.html
 admitted yesterday: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/12/29/president-preliminary-findings-regarding-attempted-terrorist-attack
 “the system worked”: http://www.foundry.org/2009/12/28/morning-bell-the-system-failed/
 there is nothing new about it: http://www.foundry.org/2009/12/29/al-qaeda-targets-detroit-through-yemen/
 bombed a hotel in Yemen: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/bg1383.cfm
 killed in an al-Qaeda bombing: http://www.heritage.org/Research/MiddleEast/EM703.cfm
 historically bad decision: http://www.foundry.org/2009/11/19/morning-bell-a-historically-bad-decision/
 their states will be crushed: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1209/31032.html
 “a tax on living”: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/health/policy/30florida.html
 millions spent in lobbying: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a0J5cpDsm3pg&pos=9
 waited until September: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-12-29-tsa_N.htm
 Associated Press: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/12/29/world/main6034732.shtml
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