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megimoo
01-01-2010, 08:56 AM
WASHINGTON -- A couple of weeks ago on Oprah Winfrey's "White House Christmas Special," our first postmodern president, Barack Obama, gave himself a "good, solid B-plus" for his performance over the past 11 months. Then he added that if his healthcare reform passes he will grant himself an A-. This is false humility. Actually he is so proud of the government's impending nationalization of healthcare that when it comes he will grant himself an A, possibly an A+.

Right now, however, he is under fire for his inert response to that Nigerian terrorist's attempt to blow up nearly 300 passengers on a commercial jet as it landed in Detroit. He issued his arctic response after a round of golf and en route to his next presidential event, a tennis game.

Also, the criticism is mounting owing to the incompetence of his entire Homeland Security bureaucracy and the bureaucracies of his multi-layered intelligence community.

All failed repeatedly to recognize the threat that this terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (UFA) posed. UFA's father, a prominent Nigerian, had warned our CIA about his son's growing radicalism and possible indoctrination into jihadist terror in Yemen.

With intolerable slowness, the CIA handed over its information to the Directorate of National Intelligence's National Counterterrorism Center. What the Counterterrorism Center did with the information is unclear. Possibly it reached the president's National Security Council within the White House.

Then, too, none of the agencies that are supporting our Homeland Security efforts was able to stop UFA from entering the country.

He had been denied a British visa. Yet if our security experts knew about it they did not take action against UFA.

He was on a "watch list," but that information never got to any airport security people who might have stopped him from flying into the United States.

He had purchased his ticket with cash, and it was only a one-way ticket

-- two suspicious acts that should have alerted seasoned American security officers. Finally, he brought no baggage. No baggage, a one-way ticket, and one purchased not by credit card but by cash -- all very suspicious acts.

What is more, he passed through surveillance technology that could not pick up the existence of a bomb in his underpants. Apparently there were not even bomb-sniffing dogs at the airport gates he passed through.

"One thing I'd like to point out is that," Janet Napolitano, the president's head of Homeland Security observed on CNN two days after UFA was arrested, "the system worked."

Actually the system is a hopeless complex of bureaucracies that still fail to coordinate with one another, despite the lessons of 9/11. Four days after UFA's attempt to blow up Northwest Flight 253 as it landed in Detroit, President Obama finally got it right when he said, "A systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable."

Nonetheless the President is about to give himself an A- for his first-year performance, for he finally has slapped together a complex of bureaucracies even more elaborate than the complex of bureaucracies that just failed to nab one miscreant as he flew across the world with a bomb in his underpants and a multitude of red flags flapping around his journey.

The president's healthcare monstrosity is an even more unwieldy government effort than Homeland Security. Its goals are more various and vaguer. Its protocols are already in chaos.

http://spectator.org/archives/2009/12/31/systemic-failure

hampshirebrit
01-01-2010, 11:34 AM
I can't figure out why Napolitano still has a job after this. She should have offered to resign, and failing that, O should have fired her worthless ass.

djones520
01-01-2010, 11:36 AM
I can't figure out why Napolitano still has a job after this. She should have offered to resign, and failing that, O should have fired her worthless ass.

Lots of calls are coming for her resignation. I would expect it soon.

hampshirebrit
01-01-2010, 11:40 AM
Lots of calls are coming for her resignation. I would expect it soon.

I hope so. Not that it would make any difference, probably.

For the first time in my life, I am getting hinky about flying to and in the US. If I make it this year, I will be flying El Al from LHR to JFK. It's about the only airline that knows how to do security properly.

djones520
01-01-2010, 11:44 AM
I hope so. Not that it would make any difference, probably.

For the first time in my life, I am getting hinky about flying to and in the US. If I make it this year, I will be flying El Al from LHR to JFK. It's about the only airline that knows how to do security properly.

I always "profile" whenever I fly. I show up early enough so I can get eyes on everyone whose going to be on that flight, I look for people of Arabic background, and I observe their mannerisms. I'm not shy at all about saying I racially profile. When my, and my families life could be on the line I take no chances. Lets face it, there is no chance 80 year old white grandmother of 6 is going to suicide bomb a plane.

My fathers going to be flying to visit us in a couple of weeks, but thankfully he's flying Canada to Canada then driving to Michigan, so I'm not to concerned about Sammy Jihad there.