December 28, 2009
On Sunday, as details emerged about the absurdity of the underwear bomber, Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs warned critics of the administration not to take issue with Obama.
“The White House warned political foes Sunday not to provoke a partisan tug of war over terrorism, with President Barack Obama yet to publicly address the thwarted attack on a US airliner,” the AFP reported.
“The president believes strongly that this has to be a non-partisan issue,” Gibbs told NBC in one of a number of television appearances he and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made Sunday.
The Republican side of the One Party System didn’t take issue with the obviously fake would-be terrorist attack, however. Instead they argued on just how severe the response should be.
“Republican foes made the first political thrusts following Thursday’s attack on a Northwest jet heading to Detroit, accusing him of softening the US focus on radical Islamic terror threats,” AFP continues. “They also questioned Napolitano’s statement that the air security system ‘worked,’ referring to the fact that alert passengers and crew jumped Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before his device could fully detonate.”
Actually, the detonator did work — as first reports of a firecracker indicate — but it failed to ignite the explosives hidden in the Nigerian’s underwear. This failure was no mistake. Intelligence operation patsies no longer need to bring down airliners or even hijack them. Stupendous failures and screw-ups alone are enough to get the desired response, as travelers are now realizing as they are treated worse than maximum security inmates loaded on prison buses.
[efoods]”Top Republicans accused the Obama administration on Monday of stonewalling their inquiries into the attempted bombing of a Delta flight on Christmas,” The Hill reported this morning. “The top Republicans on the House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees blasted the White House’s response to a Nigerian man’s attempt to bomb a flight last Friday en route to Detroit from Amsterdam.”
One top Republican in particular, Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, is grandstanding in elaborate fashion. “Administration flying solo on natl security. Continue to stonewall on Ft Hood/DC 5/and now Detroit. The law/common sense says they must brief,” a tweet issued by the Congress critter states.
Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, says he was told “by credible sources that the US government knew that Abdulmutallab was involved with Al Qaeda for at least a couple of months, perhaps even a couple of years, he said,” according to the Boston Globe. “Hoekstra said his sources have told him that the suspect has ties to Yemen and ‘most likely’ has ties to Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical cleric who led mosques in San Diego and later in Falls Church, Va., and who met with several Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers before the attacks. Awlaki, a US citizen, moved to Yemen a few months after the attacks.”
Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen and then it was said he had escaped — a common fate for al-Qaeda patsies and operatives.
Anything Hoekstra says should be taken with a large grain of salt. He is currently running for the governorship of Michigan.
Obama went on the corporate media today and sounded a lot like his predecessor. “We do not yet have all the answers about this latest attempt, but those who would slaughter innocent men, women and children must know that the United States will … do more than simply strengthen our defenses,” Obama said at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. “We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. Homeland.”
Bush, at least, was a bit more colorful. He employed quaint cowboy parlance and said he’d smoke out Osama bin Laden and al-CIA-duh. He did nothing of the sort, of course.
In short, Obama’s reaction will result in more dead Yemeni children and grandmothers. More names will be added to the so-called terror watch-list.
Meanwhile, the Boston Globe reports, “some in-flight security measure taken immediately after the attack have been relaxed. At the captain’s discretion, passengers can once again have blankets and other items on their laps or move about the cabin during the tail end of flight, two industry officials briefed on the situation told the Associated Press.”
No doubt this has nothing to do with a diminished threat from al-CIA-duh — the newest branch of the fake terror organization in Yemen has vowed to kill more infidels — but probably is related to the fact thousands of people are now reconsidering air travel and the economic impact of this would be staggering.
Airports, of course, will remain draconian Gestapo-zones with new and intrusive body searches and the ongoing installation of body scanners that are a peep freak’s dream.