Saturday, January 2, 2010

Systemic Failure: Obama Was Warned About Christmas Attack

Three days before Christmas, Obama received a high-level briefing about possible holiday-period terrorist attacks against the United States. The official who provided this confession to Newsweek declined to disclose any information about the substance of the briefing.

As suspected, the "system" is truly broken: the wake of the attempted underpants attack, it had become clear to the President and top advisers that before Christmas, the US government was in possession of "bits and pieces" of information, which, if they had been properly knitted together, "could have...allowed us to disrupt the attack or certainly to know much more about the alleged attacker in such a way as to ensure that he was on, as the President suggested in his statement, a no-fly list." In the briefing, the official identified three rough categories of information that the government had which could have been relevant to foiling the attack: information about Abdulmutallab and his plans, info about Al-Qaeda and their plans, and info "about potential attacks during the holiday period."

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What an incredible confession.

Systemic failure.

Remember these remarks?

"We need to learn from this episode and act quickly to fix flaws in the system," Mr Obama said.

"When our government has information on a known extremist and that information is not shared and acted upon as it should have been, so that this extremist boards a plane with dangerous explosives that could have cost nearly 300 lives, a systemic failure has occurred.

"And I consider that totally unacceptable."

Yes, Obama, your administration's performance has been totally unacceptable. Tell us something we don't know.


Let's remember, contrary to his claims, Obama did not inherit this job...he volunteered for it. But after observing the events of the past week, I'm not sure Obama is up to the challenge. Charles Krauthammer has grave concerns:

The reason the country is uneasy about the Obama administration’s response to this attack is a distinct sense of not just incompetence but incomprehension. From the very beginning, President Obama has relentlessly tried to downplay and deny the nature of the terrorist threat we continue to face. Napolitano renames terrorism “man-caused disasters.” Obama goes abroad and pledges to cleanse America of its post-9/11 counterterrorist sins. Hence, Guantanamo will close, CIA interrogators will face a special prosecutor, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will bask in a civilian trial in New York — a trifecta of political correctness and image management.

And just to make sure even the dimmest understand, Obama banishes the term “war on terror.” It’s over — that is, if it ever existed.

Erick Erickson gives us more reasons to lose sleep:

Because the President is worried about being blamed [for the Christmas Day attack], the White House is trying to blame the CIA while at the same time undermining the CIA through a rush to publicize the Afghan attack.

Either this White House is willfully trying to sabotage the intelligence community or they are rank amateurs. I pray to God in Heaven it is the latter.

Let's revisit Dick Cheney's bellicose rhetoric insightful analysis of Obama's willful ineptitude:

As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low-key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of Sept. 11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won’t be at war...

Exit question: Is there any chance that Obama's vacation plans were shaped by the intelligence that was available before he made is trip?


Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About Terror Threats to "Homeland".

Could this actually be the greatest and potentially the deadliest of Obama’s screw ups so far?

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Scott Brown Winning The Online Battle

Massachusetts Citizens for Life enthusiastically supporting Scott Brown

Prime example of liberal lunacy: Hoping Rush Limbaugh dies, then asking Americans to trust you with health care!

Obama's highly favored hospital can no longer make ends meet with government-run health insurance (Medicare)


Teresa said...

Excellent Post. I gotta love Dick Cheney when he says exactly what I am thinking. Obama's inaction is both disturbing and reprehensible. He is the main person who failed the system. If he had taken the threat seriously instead of golfing maybe we could have avoided a terrorist boarding a plane on Christmas.

Linda said...

This president doesn't care about our country at all.

Fuzzy Slippers said...

He's an absolute disgrace, really. I really like Dick Cheney, too, and hope that he keeps speaking his mind.

Amusing Bunni said...

Hi Right Klik! When I learned he had reversed everything he had said earlier, and then these facts came out, I was (and still am) livid.

HE should resign...he is the BIG FAILURE of the system and everything else. I think he got out of dodge knowing FULL WELL what was going to happen. Of course, he has NO HONOR, so he never will resign...I think this is impeachable (but then again so is most of the stuff he does).
This guy makes me ill. Well, anyway, thanks for your wonderful post.

I hope you have a HAPPY NEW YEAR, despite all the horrors happening everyday. We have our work cut out for us in 2010.

Snarky Basterd said...

Yeah, but it would've ruined his Hawaiian vacation, so he ignored the warning. It is, after all, all about him.

DaBlade said...

Obama's vacation plans shaped by intelligence briefing? I don't know that Detroit was ever his first choice of vacation destinations. What we can be certain of is that the system worked... That is, be ignoring these warnings, he was successful in working on that horrible golf slice of his.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Yes, Obama, your administration's performance has been totally unacceptable. Tell us something we don't know...and this is just the beginning!!!

the malcontent said...
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the malcontent said...

Thanks for this blog. It's people like you and the others here and myself that do our best and are not afraid to counter OUT the liberal lies.
And that put these liberal pathetic lairs in their place.

(L) said...

I just hope that one day I have the honor of playing a round of golf with BHO. I've been known for accidentally losing my grip and letting a club fly! Wouldn't it be a shame if a five iron caught him between his eyes!

One can only dream!

Anonymous said...

I still believe that Cheney girl would do a great job in government.