…and he is us.
Pogo (and cartoonist Walt Kelly) knew what they were talking about.
Everyday, the Obama Administration comes up with a new level of incompetence and naivete that cannot be explained away. I briefly considered writing a (somewhat sarcastic) piece on how Obama finally took responsibility for something, when in his Thursday Press Conference he said ultimately the failure in stopping the Christmas day bomber led to him and him alone.
Then, only minutes later, a White House official came out, and laid at least some of the blame…at the feet of the Bush administration. In responding to a Pentagon report that there are now an increased number of released Gitmo prisoners returning to the battlefield, the official basically blamed the recidivism rate on poor screening by the prior administration.
But the senior official says the report shouldn’t reflect badly on Obama policy. “We have been presented with no information that suggests that any of the detainees transferred by this administration have returned to the fight,” the official says.
The official suggested that the possibility that all the recividists were released under Bush shows that the previous administration didn’t do the work of screening detainees slated for release that the Obama administration is doing.
“The President created the Guantanamo Review Task Force to conduct the thorough work that had not been done before: to review the relevant information about each detainee, including the threat they pose, to determine whether they should be prosecuted, detained, or transferred,” the official says.
Yeah, right. Except the entire intellectual argument of liberals for the past 4 years or so has been that these prisoners must be released, because they cannot be tried. I would ask you: what additional methods of detainment are the Obama people going to put into practice to prevent these terrorists’ release? The answer is clear: none whatsoever. There is no special screening process under the Obama Administration; in fact, the screening process is likely more lax, because unlike the Bush Administration, Obama has an incentive to get these people out of Gitmo (because of his promise to close the installation).
Then, just when you thought that they couldn’t screw up more during the last 24 hours…in comes Janet Napolitano and John Brennan. Below you can see an excerpt of the key passage:
Q What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of thereview [of the watchinlisting system]? And, Secretary, to you, as well.
MR. BRENNAN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is an extension of al Qaeda core coming out of Pakistan. And, in my view, it is one of the most lethal and one of the most concerning of it. The fact that they had moved forward to try to execute this attack against the homeland I think demonstrated to us — and this is what the review sort of uncovered — that we had a strategic sense of sort of where they were going, but we didn’t know they had progressed to the point of actually launching individuals here. And we have taken that lesson, and so now we’re full on top of it.
SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence. It really emphasizes now the renewed importance on how different intelligence is integrated and analyzed, and threat streams are followed through. And, again, it will impact how we continue to review the need to improve airport security around the world.
Now, remember: Brennan and Napolitano are largely in charge of Obama’s entire antiterrorism effort! That is right, boys and girls…the people in charge of protecting you from Al Qaeda.
Both Brennan and Napolitano appear to be surprised that Al Qaeda wants to attack the American Homeland. Yup, that is a shocker, coming 8 years after 9/11. And they were shocked (!!!) that they would send a lone suicide bomber (instead of, I guess, a gymnastics team of suicide bombers or something).
Every day that goes by, I fear more for the security of this nation. And I am not a person that is generally paranoid. But the people in charge of protecting you, me, our families and our friends are clueless. First, they think the system works. Now, they are surprised the enemy wants to kill us.
I really don’t know what these people are doing, but they certainly are not fighting a war to protect the homeland.