May 06, 2010
Obama National Security Policy: Hope Their Bombs Don't WorkPrinter Friendly
By: Ann Coulter
It took Faisal Shahzad trying to set a car bomb in Times Square to get President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to finally use the word "terrorism." (And not referring to Tea Party activists!)
This is a major policy shift for a president who spent a month telling Americans not to "jump to conclusions" after Army doctor Nidal Malik Hasan reportedly jumped on a desk, shouted "Allahu Akbar!" and began shooting up Fort Hood.
After last weekend, now Obama is even threatening to pronounce it "Pack-i-stan" instead of "Pahk-i-stahn." We know Obama is taking terrorism seriously because he took a break from his "Hope, Change & Chuckles" tour on the comedy circuit to denounce terrorists.
In a bit of macho posturing this week, Obama declared that -- contrary to the terrorists' wishes -- Americans "will not be terrorized, we will not cower in fear, we will not be intimidated."
First of all, having the Transportation Security Administration wanding infants, taking applesauce away from 93-year-old dementia patients, and forcing all Americans to produce their shoes, computers and containers with up to 3 ounces of liquid in Ziploc bags for special screening pretty much blows that "not intimidated" look Obama wants America to adopt.
"Intimidated"? How about "absolutely terrified"?
Second, it would be a little easier for the rest of us not to live in fear if the president's entire national security strategy didn't depend on average citizens happening to notice a smoldering SUV in Times Square or smoke coming from a fellow airline passenger's crotch.
But after the car bomber and the diaper bomber, it has become increasingly clear that Obama's only national defense strategy is: Let's hope their bombs don't work!
If only Dr. Hasan's gun had jammed at Fort Hood, that could have been another huge foreign policy success for Obama.
The administration's fingers-crossed strategy is a follow-up to Obama's earlier and less successful "Let's Make Them Love Us!" plan.
In the past year, Obama has repeatedly apologized to Muslims for America's "mistakes."
He has apologized to Iran for President Eisenhower's taking out loon Mohammad Mossadegh, before Mossadegh turned a comparatively civilized country into a Third World hellhole. You know, like the Ayatollah has.
He has apologized to the entire Muslim world for the French and English colonizing them -- i.e. building them flush toilets.
He promised to shut down Guantanamo. And he ordered the mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to be tried in the same courthouse that tried Martha Stewart.
There was also Obama's 90-degree-bow tour of the East and Middle East. For his next visit, he plans to roll on his back and have his belly scratched like Fido.
Despite favorable reviews in The New York Times, none of this put an end to Islamic terrorism.
So now, I gather, our only strategy is to hope the terrorists' bombs keep fizzling.
There's no other line of defense. In the case of the Times Square car bomber, the Department of Homeland Security failed, the Immigration and Naturalization Service failed, the CIA failed and the TSA failed. (However, the Department of Alert T-Shirt Vendors came through with flying colors, as it always does.)
Only the New York Police Department, a New York street vendor and Shahzad's Rube Goldberg bomb (I do hope he's not offended by how Jewish that sounds -- Obama can apologize) prevented a major explosion in Times Square.
Even after the NYPD de-wired the smoking car bomb, produced enough information to identify the bomb-maker, and handed it all to federal law enforcement authorities tied up in a bow, the federal government's crack "no-fly" list failed to stop Shahzad from boarding a plane to Dubai.
To be fair, at Emirates Airlines, being on a "no-fly" list makes you eligible for pre-boarding.
Perhaps the Department of Homeland Security should consider creating a "Really, REALLY No-Fly" list.
Contrary to the wild excuses being made for the federal government on all the TV networks Monday night, it's now clear that this was not a wily plan of federal investigators to allow Shahzad to board the plane in order to nab his co-conspirators. It was a flub that nearly allowed Shahzad to escape.
Meanwhile, on that same Monday at JFK airport, approximately 100,000 passengers took off their shoes, coats, belts and sunglasses for airport security.
But the "highly trained federal force" The New York Times promised us on Oct. 28, 2001, when the paper demanded that airport security be federalized, failed to stop the only guy they needed to stop at JFK last Monday -- the one who planted a bomb in the middle of Times Square days earlier.
So why were 100,000 other passengers harassed and annoyed by the TSA?
The federal government didn't stop the diaper bomber from nearly detonating a bomb over Detroit. It didn't stop a guy on the "No Fly" list from boarding a plane and coming minutes away from getting out of the country.
If our only defense to terrorism is counting on alert civilians, how about not bothering them before they board airplanes, instead of harassing them with useless airport "security" procedures?
Both of the attempted bombers who sailed through airport security, I note, were young males of the Islamic faith. I wonder if we could develop a security plan based on that information?
And speaking of a "highly trained federal force," who's working at the INS these days? Who on earth made the decision to allow Shahzad the unparalleled privilege of becoming a U.S. citizen in April 2009?
Our "Europeans Need Not Apply" immigration policies were absurd enough before 9/11. But after 19 foreign-born Muslims, legally admitted to the U.S., murdered 3,000 Americans in New York and Washington in a single day, couldn't we tighten up our admission policies toward people from countries still performing stonings and clitorectomies?
The NYPD can't be everyplace.
Posted by redguy at May 6, 2010 05:50 AM
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Obama must think that JESUS himself is stopping these Islamic Terrorist's Bombs. If JESUS is playing a part, I doubt it is because of OBAMA's prayers on Christams Day or Easter Day. And this may not be fair, but a part of me wonders if Obama is not disappointed by the Terrorist's failure. Would not this give Obama and the Governmetn yet more power? Create more havoc?
Obama seems to wallow like a fat pig in havoc.
So, we know Obama and Holder hate us, but are not here ANY COMPETENT Federal Epmployees who want to protect us? HOW CAN THIS GUY GET through the Airport and get on a plane when he is on the NO FLY LIST and a suspected/hunted TERRORIST?
IT IS AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE AND OUTRAGE!
WHY WON"T ANYONE YELLLLLLLLLLLLL.
BECAUSE OBAMA IS SENDING AMERICA STRAIGHT TO HELLLLLL
Nothing seems to raise the ire of a teabagger faster than a foiled attempt at terrorism.
Unless it's a person of color being read their Miranda rights.
Drill, baby, drill!
And nothing raises the ire of a liberal "infiltrator" to a conservative blog site than an Ann Coulter column that makes perfect sense and hits the nail squarely on the head.
Whine baby, whine!
Homeland Security, the TSA, FBI and all the rest are only good at bothering American citizens. They can produce a 200 page report on how 85 yr old grandmothers and returning service personel make up the next generation of American Terrorists and those evil Tea Party members should have round the clock survaliance the way J Edgar did to Martin Luther but Muslim men should not even be looked at twice for fear of profiling.
I am so sick of all these people. I have no respect for any member of this Liberal Government nor their lackies in Government agencies.
I really hope Obama's "Pray they don't go boom" plan workes when Iran or N Korea sends over a nuke
Hey HEY, Kevin Reed's back! And he's making the same old, tired, desperate "Republicans are racists" argument!
You were making those same arguments back in 2004, remember? How's everything going, Kev? Still hate Jews?
Thanks Ann for another wonderfully hilarious dagger sharp critique of how completely defenseless we are here without intelligent profiling. I expect the next new security measure will be an announcement to bend over and grab our ankles.
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