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  • Shock and Yawn

    Earlier today the White House promised a “shocking” report on the intelligence failures leading up to the aborted Christmas Day bombing and an address by the President directly from the White House. Neither the report nor the President’s remarks told us much new nor anything particularly shocking. It was pretty clear from the outset that government screwed up big time.

    It is hard to be in awe of an administration that seems to behind the rest of us.

    Likewise, the President’s laundry list of remedies seem like cold comfort. Trying to turn airports into Fort Knox won’t work. Changing the rules about how intelligence is collected, distributed, and evaluated will certainly come up short sooner or later as well. That’s because we are not fighting idiots.

    The only way to end this once and for all is to fight and win the war that the administration up to this point has treated as just another public policy problem.

    At least there were some promising words that ought to give us hope.

    First, the president said he was at fault. He was right. Admitting he failed is the first step.

    Second, the president admitted, finally, America is at war with al Qaeda. This is not just another law enforcement problem.

    Third, and most important, he said this is war that can be won. We have won many battles in the fight. We beat them in Iraq. We have taken down al Qaeda leaders around the world and foiled at 28 attacks aimed at the US since 9/11. Although al Qaeda almost got lucky this time, we have hit them and hurt them before and we can do it again. We take the battle to the enemy and root them out, expose them illegitimate and evil, and destroy them.

    Now all the president needs to be is to be true to his words. Be a war president 24-7-365 not just during a drive time speech.

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    8 Responses to Shock and Yawn

    1. Brad, Chicago, IL says:

      That final comment is the real sticking point, here. The president is a great public speaker. He speaks sincerely and passionately. He just has to start following up that talk with corresponding action. I'm glad he can call it a war with al Qaeda, unless he's too proud of that Nobel prize to actually treat it as one.

    2. Spiritof76 says:

      Obama is about as credible as a snake oil salesman in a carnival.

      It is another case of his "centrist" posturing that he employed skillfully during his election campaign that drew so many gullible Americans to vote for him.

      Ft. Hood shooter and before that, the Arkansas shooter are also terrorists-not just terrorists, but Islamic terrorists. He didn't have the guts to say it.

      When Fox News interrupted Glenn Beck show to bring the three clowns from the White House, I couldn't take it. I turnedd off the TV. Two out of the three stooges(Incompetano and Brenner) on stage there, should have been fired first to make anything credible. Instead, Obama does the same thing any stupid liberal does- say, "this is not the time to blame". It has nothing to do with blame. It has to do with accountability. Since Obama has never held a job where he had been held accountable for his job performance, he could never understand the significance of removing underperforming people.

    3. John B. San Diego says:

      President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano; your attention please. The September 11, 2001 attackers most of whom were here on "Student Visas" and the Flight Northwest Airlines #253 attackers had something in common a "Student Visa."

      I respectfully request a worldwide moratorium on student visas to the United States of America starting NOW.

      I add to that a request that all current student visa holders be reviewed immediately. Starting with countries of terrorist origin.

      Crosscheck with allies’ intelligence agencies those whom have common names or visa numbers.

      I don't care how many foriegn families or foriegn interests may become perturbed…if anyone holds a student visa in violation pick them up immediately.

      Profile them not by race but by nation citizenship, behavior and screening protocol, which should be confidential. You owe the Americans!

    4. Mike P, Texas says:

      It does appear the "shock" drama was utilized to draw people in to watch their dog and pony show. This was nothing more than diversion. As a proponent of the root cause analysis process, my initial finding would be that if the visa had not been provided, this individual would not have boarded the plane. This, to me, is why Hillary Clinton has been from this mess.

    5. Mike P, Texas says:

      Sorry…meant "Hillary Clinton has been hidden from this mess."

    6. Evan, Washington says:

      Centrist posturing or not, America stands in a much better position if Obama follows through on this considerably more assertive rhetoric. A tentative thumbs up – it's the responsibility of the public (to whom our government is accountable) to hold him to his word.

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    8. John B. San Diego says:

      Transparent Governing is what The Current Administration is all about, no it's real trust me on this one.

      Our enemies see right through his empty rhetoric and half-measured responses.

      Sec of Homeland Security" this system worked well”, yeah for the terrorists!

      Listen, we rational members of society are all overjoyed "The Dane" came up out of his seat; took down…"The Nigerian" what a true Christmas Blessing

      The Danish gentleman is a Hero we all look up to!

      The reality of the situation for Americans and other Western Nations is longer lines more intrusive searches finacial damage to the Airline Industry: British and American Embassy shut down temporarily in Yemen. I could go on, this a victory of sorts for terrorism. That is why I point out Sec. Napolitano’s statement the system worked for terrorists not Americans.

      I am so tired of hearing the old worn out line of "Connecting the Dots" that is the problem that strategy is a day late and many dollars short.

      With all due respect don't say that worthless line of rhetoric political speak to us again!

      What we should do is reinforce our intelligence community with more personnel and special talented personnel and act on actionable intelligence information that day, give more authority and responsibility to those competent individuals at lower levels when they find something of interest.

      The information in many cases is of substantially less value as it spends countless hours, days; even months to reach high rank officials with too much on their plates. Our government could start out by paying talented individuals more in salary and quit calling them as intelligence personnel liars and abusers. These actions could attract more talent and raise moral across our intelligence community. Plus they aren't politicians don't you see Washington we are sick and tired of politicians.

      Unfortunate is Healthcare So-Called Reform isn’t so transparent to the Americans it will definitely have a huge impact on.

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