Capitol Hill Update: Obama's pre-9-11 mentality

The Obama administration is returning to the Clinton-era treatment of the war on terrorism as just a matter of criminal activity which needs to be prosecuted in civilian courts. The latest example is the treatment by Barack Obama's Justice Department of the Nigerian terrorist named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who boarded a Northwest Airlines plane with almost 300 people on board in Amsterdam with a military-grade explosive sewed into the crotch of his underwear on Christmas Day.  
 
The Obama administration allowed this Al Qaeda terrorist to lawyer-up instead of treating him as an enemy combatant which of course is what he is.  Obama's people made no attempt to question this radical Islamic terrorist to get valuable intelligence information out of him.
 
This is yet another example of the president being on the wrong side of American beliefs.  In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, 71% of the American people say the Underwear Bomber's failed attempt to take down an airliner on Christmas Day should be investigated by military authorities as a "terrorist attack."  Only 20% say civilian authorities should deal with it as a criminal matter.  Of course, Obama has chosen the latter deadly course.  Also 58% say "waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques" should be used on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. 
 
The president says there was "no smoking gun."  Indeed, he referred to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as an "isolated extremist."   Obama's head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano said that there was "no indication" that this terrorist attack was "part of anything larger."  Similar naivete' during the Clinton administration led to the Islamic terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001 resulting in the slaughter of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans.
 
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told "Politico":  "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." 
 
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, like the Fort Hood (Texas) Islamic assassin, Major Nidal Malike Hasan, were influenced by the radical Islamic iman terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, now in Yemen, to which, incredibly, Barack Obama intends to send terrorists now imprisoned in Guantanamo so that he can keep his campaign promise to close the facility.  
 
Even left-wing supporters of Barack Obama such as Congresswoman Jane Harman said yesterday on ABC's "This Week" that she "believe[s] we should review again where we're going to send the detainees. I think it is a bad time to send the 90 or so Yemenis back to Yemen." 
 
Even the liberal "Newsweek" magazine reported in an article entitled: "The Radicalization Of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab," that "the breakdown in the system may be worse than has been publicly acknowledged.  In the months before the Christmas attack, there were many warning signs coming out of Yemen."   And yet, the Obama administration did nothing, concentrating its efforts for almost its entire first year on passing a socialized medicine scheme which the overwhelmingly majority of Americans do not want. 
 
The Obama administration had plenty of warnings about both the Ft. Hood Islamic terrorist and the Christmas Day Underwear bomber, but yet, did nothing to protect the American people from either of them.  Both of these Islamists had terrorist written all over them.  The father of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had warned the American government about his son's extremist leanings. 
 
In a "Washington Times" editorial on December 30th entitled:  "The pooh-pooh presidency," it wrote that "After Fort Hood and Northwest Airlines Flight 253, Mr. Obama seemed like he was dragged in front of the American people" as compared to Obama's leaping in front of cameras to push his favorite issues such as government-run health care. 
 
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's name was on a U.S. terrorist watch list and yet he was permitted to board a flight to the United States. He bought a one-way ticket and paid for it in cash.  He had no checked luggage on an international flight and had no passport.  Yet with all these warning signs, he was allowed to board the flight to the United States.  Likewise, the actions by the Fort Hood terrorist, Major Hasan, who assassinated 14 people, including an unborn child, gave plenty of warnings to the federal government that he was a disaster waiting to happen. 
 
What these two latest terrorist incidents on Barack Obama's watch shows is that the Democrats have elected yet another president who is weak on national security.  Indeed, the "Washington Times" editorial on December 30th said:  "Americans trust Republicans more than Democrats to handle national security issues. 
 
"According to a Rasmussen poll released in late November, just before Mr. Obama's speech on Afghan strategy, voters trusted the Republican Party more than Democrats in terms of national security and the war on terror by 50 percent to 37 percent."  Obama's blase' reaction to the Fort Hood and Northwest Airlines terrorist attacks give Americans yet more evidence on the differences between the two parties.  They should act accordingly in this November's election.   

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