Yes, the buck stops in the Oval Office. 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.
True. He's in charge.
Seems, however, he's been too busy partying, golfing, attacking political and media dissidents, bowing before monsters, imposing stuff that Americans don't want, etc... to do his job!
4. In his studied desire to be the unBush by responding coolly to events like this, Obama is dangerously close to failing as a leader. Yes, it is good not to shoot from the hip and make broad assertions without the facts. But 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. Today’s words showed a lot more fire and desire to get on top of things – we’ll see whether Obama follows through with action. In the meantime, he went snorkelling.Hey! Many of us ordinary Joes and Janes don't have as much free time as the frickin' POTUS!
Wouldn't surprise me if it also gets revealed that he spends a lot of time in the Oval Office surfing bootylicious sites, the links to which were left on the "favorites" tab by Bubba and ignored by Dubya, who was too busy whooping bad guy ass to bother to delete 'em...
Get back to work, Barry, if you want to have a job to get back to!
5. There has been a pattern developing with the Obama administration trying to minimise terrorist attacks. We saw it with Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, a Muslim convert who murdered a US Army recruit in Little Rock, Arkansas in June. We saw it with Major Nidal Malik Hassan, a Muslim with Palestinian roots who slaughtered 13 at Fort Hood, Texas last month. In both cases, there were Yemen connections. Obama began to take the same approach with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. We’ll see whether this incident shakes him out of that complacency. Whether it’s called the war on terror or not, it’s clear that the US is at war against al-Qaeda and radical Islamists.And DHS Head Janet Incompetano has proved to be a bomb, like pretty much every Obama appointee that's faced reality on the job...
7. Janet Napolitano, Obama’s Homeland Security Chief, has been a disaster in this, exhibiting the kind of bureaucratic complacency that makes ordinary citizens want to go postal. On Sunday, she told CNN that “one thing I’d like to point out is that the system worked” and ABC News that “once the incident occurred, the system worked”. A day later, she grumbled that quoted “out of context” before reversing herself, telling NBC: “Our system did not work in this instance. No one is happy or satisfied with that. An extensive review is under way.” The “system worked” comment was a “heckuva job, Brownie” moment. Is she up to the job?Y'know, I remember that Janet and her flunkies were too busy gathering bullshit from the internet about an imaginary crisis involving "right-wing extremists" in America and warning the cops to be on the lookout for anyone who doesn't march in lockstep with the Obamacrat Reich... to worry about Islamic extremists such as have been killing and trying to kill Americans under her watch. What's wrong with that old 'Crat? Delusional? Insane? Out of touch with reality? Hellbent on pretending things are going on that aren't, whilst turning blind and deaf and brainless, ie. totally, wilfully, criminally, treasonously oblivious towards things that actually are? Of course, she's Leftist. Duh.
In all, there's ten points, so read 'em all.
Bottom line: Obama and the 'Crats aren't up to the job of protecting America. Personally, I doubt they even give a damn.
ht: Drudge Report