That was the question put to President Obama’s director of national intelligence at a Senate hearing today. Dennis Blair simply refused to answer a simple question. They can’t answer the question, probably because the White House staff will need to “measure the political winds” if the subject ever comes up.
John Brennan on Meet the Press this morning is asked by David Gregory why Abdul Muttalab is not being treated as an enemy combatant and couldn’t we extract more information from him if he were. Brennan invokes Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, and Jose Pedilla, as examples of successful prosecutions of terrorists … and besides, says Brennan, why interrogate when we can plea bargain. Read more
I just got the chance to listen to the entire speech given by the young President yesterday and I must say I was stunned. Either Mr. Obama is completely oblivious to the reality of the war on terror, or he is so convinced in his approach to fighting terror that he refuses to even recognize the obvious.
For your examination, here are two segments of the President’s address. The first is stunning in its ignorance or arrogance. So much so that I suspect even the most ardent Obama supporter is slightly shocked. The President doesn’t just use the word “alleged” in describing the incident, but he can’t seem to use the word terrorist. Rather he uses “suspect”. What is this, an episode of CSI?
This bite thought is why I titled this post oblivious. He cannot use the word terrorists to describe, ummm, terrorists, instead calling the terrorists “those who would do us harm.” Finally, he calls Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab an isolated extremist. Not exactly.
Contrast that with Joe Lieberman on Fox News Sunday.
I am growing increasingly concerned that this group in the White House is incompetent to protect and keep the Republic safe. I worry.
PS: You’re the President. Wear a tie please.
Additional details on the failed terrorist attack over the skies of Michigan on Christmas day. Federal authorities say Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian student was directly supported by al-Qaida in Yemen. He was not on the official no-fly list, but Abdulmutallab’s father had warned U.S. officials months ago concerning his son’s activity.