State Department ignored warning on Abdulmutallab

posted at 9:30 am on December 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Janet Napolitano has come under heavy criticism for her assertion that “the system worked” after the near-miss attack on Northwest 253, but as the Washington Post reports this morning, the failure didn’t entirely belong to Napolitano.  The State Department got a warning from the terrorist’s father that his son was up to no good just a few weeks before the flight from Amsterdam.  Not only did State ignore the warning, but the Post reports that ignorance is pretty much the norm:

When Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s father in Nigeria reported concern over his son’s “radicalization” to the U.S. Embassy there last month, intelligence officials in the United States deemed the information insufficient to pursue. The young man’s name was added to the half-million entries in a computer database in McLean and largely forgotten.

The lack of attention was not unusual, according to U.S. intelligence officials, who said that thousands of similar bits of information flow into the National Counterterrorism Center each week from around the world. Only those that indicate a specific threat, or add to an existing body of knowledge about an individual, are passed along for further investigation and possible posting on airline and border watch lists. …

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined GOP critics in asking how the suspect was able to retain a U.S. visa — issued by the U.S. Embassy in London in 2008 — after his name appeared in the terrorist database.

“What happened after this man’s father called our embassy in Nigeria?” Lieberman asked. “What happened to that information? Was there follow-up to try to determine where this suspect was?”

White House officials struggled to explain the complicated system of centralized terrorist data and watch lists, stressing that they were put in place years ago by the Bush administration. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Obama has ordered reviews of the watch-list system and the airport explosives screening.

When Robert Gibbs started spinning this back into more BushBushBushBushBush, it became apparent that the answer to Lieberman’s question was no.  It’s one thing to get an anonymous tip about a potential terrorist suspect.  When a father feels compelled to warn the US about his own son, that should have triggered a little bit more response than “We’ll take it under advisement.”

The question on the visa is critical.  No one has a right to a visa to the US.  If we have credible information that someone constitutes a threat — and a father’s testimony should be considered at least credible enough to hoist a red flag or two — then the visa should be canceled until more investigation can take place.  It’s absolutely ridiculous that we’re kicking out Anatolie Vartosu for being too successful in America while keeping Adbulmutallab’s visa in place because we’re just not sure he’s a radical jihadi.  It’s as ridiculous as doing strip-searches on Grandma while allowing a Nigerian on a watch list to pass through two sets of security without a patdown.

The State Department needs to get serious about visa management and national security.  Instead of kicking out the Vartosus, how about keeping out the jihadis?  Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration have been in place for over eleven months.  When do their failures start being their own?


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Lieberman just wants war with Nigeria, pay him no mind.

ps: By the way, did you know that he’s a semite?

abobo on December 28, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Kurt Haskell of Newport, Mich., who posted an earlier comment about his experience, talked exclusively with MLive.com and confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday. Kurt HaskellLori and Kurt Haskell Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man. Kurt and Lori Haskell are attorneys with Haskell Law Firm in Taylor. Their expertise includes bankruptcy, family law and estate planning.

They claim that Mutallab got on board claiming not to have a passport, with the aid of an Indian “gentleman.”

J_Crater on December 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM

- The Brits didn’t think whatever info they had was insufficient; they declined to renew his visa. Did we know this? If not, why not? And if so, why didn’t we think he was still deserving of entry to the US?

- This guy bought a one-way ticket with cash and had no luggage. Hmmm… going all the way from Nigeria to the US and not so much as a toothbrush? This was supposed to be a glaring red flag post 9/11 that should have at the very least warranted additional scrutiny at Schipol and in the best case scenario kept this guy grounded.

- As for the now infamous lists, I can appreciate that a single, uncorroborated warning might not be enough to put someone on a no-fly list, but it should mean that you get the third degree at the airport, at the least.

redfoxbluestate on December 28, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration have been in place for over eleven months. When do their failures start being their own?

That made me laugh.

JetBoy on December 28, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Sorry, Ed, to go totally off-topic, but does anyone know where Joe Biden is?

As far as I can tell, he has been invisible since about December 22. Not a peep or a word or a sighting.

DaydreamBeliever on December 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

And our dear leader is chipping away at Americas sovereignty;
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obama-surrenders-u-s-sovereignty-his-interpol-executive-order/2/
THIS WAS YOUR GOVERNMENT ON REPUBLICANS; THIS IS YOUR GOVERNMENT ON DEMOCRATS; ANY QUESTIONS?
At what point do these traitors become impeachable?

Cybergeezer on December 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

The database list seems very useful for being able to say after a terrorist attack, “Why yes, that guy WAS on our watch list. Humph. How ’bout that?”

DrAllecon on December 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

ps: By the way, did you know that he’s a semite?

abobo: what’s your point?

chai on December 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Smart, B+ power.

Enoxo on December 28, 2009 at 9:39 AM

I do want to commend the father for alerting us to his son. That has to be a hard thing to do.

Instead of kicking out the Vartosus, how about keeping out the jihadis?

If we do that, then that will just make more of them hate us. It’s poverty that turns these poor young men into radicals! What, he came from a wealthy family? BushBushBushBush!

/leftyrant #1437.

rbj on December 28, 2009 at 9:39 AM

I’m sorry but I can’t even get past Hillary’s hair.

Did Michelle Obama steal ALL the stylists in D.C.?

anniekc on December 28, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration have been in place for over eleven months. When do their failures start being their own?

Never, as long as they can play the blame card, which will pass through ridiculous on it’s way to absurd, till it gets to the point of lambasting random White House tour visitors.

Wind Rider on December 28, 2009 at 9:40 AM

The liberal’s PC BS is going to get us all killed. Nothing to complicated about that.

sheriff246 on December 28, 2009 at 9:40 AM

HHHMMMM kind of a rememberance of the Clinton administration not regarding memo’s of attacks on planes into our building. that will be 2 democrat marxist administration ignoring facts. Color me surprised.

xler8bmw on December 28, 2009 at 9:40 AM

abobo: what’s your point?

chai on December 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I refuse to use sarc tags! What’s yours? you do know that chai is a popular drink in Pakistan don’t you?

abobo on December 28, 2009 at 9:41 AM

The most important question the State Department is asking.

“How can this be blamed on Bush”

gophergirl on December 28, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Reset button. Where are you?!?!

SouthernGent on December 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM

White House officials struggled to explain the complicated system of centralized terrorist data and watch lists, stressing that they were put in place years ago by the Bush administration

Is any failure of the Obama administration not going to be blamed on Bush for the next three years? Why doesn’t the Obama clown possee just save everybody the trouble and get some uniforms for the entire administration, emblazoned with the slogan: Whatever goes wrong, it’s Bush’s fault!

AZCoyote on December 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM


Janet Napolitano has come under heavy criticism for her assertion that “the system worked” after the near-miss attack on Northwest 253 …

If by ”the system” working you mean the Passangers putting the terrorist in a choke hold, then you’re right, it did work.

Tony737 on December 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Jeez I can’t believe Gibbs balmed this on Bush.

Get a new strategy guys its getting tired.

Napolitano is an idiot as is Siblius and rest this administration.

igglesphan on December 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Sorry, Ed, to go totally off-topic, but does anyone know where Joe Biden is?

As far as I can tell, he has been invisible since about December 22. Not a peep or a word or a sighting.

DaydreamBeliever on December 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Got the entire Lego City collection for Christmas, don’t expect to see him ’til Memorial Day.

abobo on December 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

The most important question the State Department is asking.

“How can this be blamed on Bush”

gophergirl on December 28, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Guess I should have read further – they already did!

gophergirl on December 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Sorry, Ed, to go totally off-topic, but does anyone know where Joe Biden is?

As far as I can tell, he has been invisible since about December 22. Not a peep or a word or a sighting.

DaydreamBeliever on December 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Joe’s been secretly pretending to work for the Salvation Army to pick up some spare change. I saw him in front of a WalMart last week (wink, wink).

Mr_Magoo on December 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Sorry, Ed, to go totally off-topic, but does anyone know where Joe Biden is?

As far as I can tell, he has been invisible since about December 22. Not a peep or a word or a sighting.

DaydreamBeliever on December 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

That’s not quite true. He was presiding over the Senate for the vote to seize healthcare for the radical socialists.

highhopes on December 28, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Did the guy’s father call George Bush? Did George Bush work at the embassy and was answering phones that day? Do all phones lead to Bush? Do all questions get answered with Bush?

Strawman Amateurs…..

ted c on December 28, 2009 at 9:44 AM

They claim that Mutallab got on board claiming not to have a passport, with the aid of an Indian “gentleman.”

J_Crater on December 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM

did this guy have an east Texas accent and mertalize the English langwage–if so, can we say it was ‘Bush’!?

/s/

ted c on December 28, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Sorry, Ed, to go totally off-topic, but does anyone know where Joe Biden is?

As far as I can tell, he has been invisible since about December 22. Not a peep or a word or a sighting.

DaydreamBeliever on December 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Yemen?

MikeA on December 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM

The system does work!!! They gave my son’s fudge he was taking to his girl friend a chemical test to make sure it wasn’t an explosive! Even this clean cut college student from a religious institution in UT was inspected thoroughly. What more do you want?

Farmer Brown on December 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM

They claim that Mutallab got on board claiming not to have a passport, with the aid of an Indian [Pakistani ? ] “gentleman.”

J_Crater on December 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM

And probably a fellow muzzie, to boot.

And yeah, I’ll stand by that guess.

CPT. Charles on December 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Hillary’s failures, along with all the Obama administration’s failures, will ALWAYS be Bush’s fault. Bush did it.

On a side note, it’s good to see all those heavily-touted yet invisible years of “diplomatic experience dodging sniper fire and having tea with world leaders” is finally paying off for our Official Empty Pantsuit.

One thought: I wonder if she gets replacement brooms from the Air Force purchasing department, or makes them herself?

bradley11 on December 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM

When do their failures start being their own?

When suck-ups like Brian Williams at NBC take their jobs seriously, stop doing in depth interviews of Bo the first dog, and begin to hold this administration accountable. That would be a start.

Mr_Magoo on December 28, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration have been in place for over eleven months. When do their failures start being their own?

Seriously?

Fish on December 28, 2009 at 9:50 AM

The State Dept. is full of people that do not think like Americans that love their country. They are always trying to figure out ways to lower moral and blame us. Obama is a perfect example of many, many State Dept. employees including Hillary Clinton. People keep forgetting that her senior thesis was about none other than–Saul Alinsky.
That place needs to be cleaned out with a good scouring. I have never been willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. There is no doubt. Hillary and Obama are on the same page.

BetseyRoss on December 28, 2009 at 9:50 AM

When do their failures start being their own?

I’ll take a wild stab and say never. Why take responsibility when ” Bush did it ” is your ” get out of jail free card ” in perpetuity.

The democrats play to their base and, as the trolls who show up here have proven, that base is brain dead to any faults of the One and his minions.

So, in answer to the question, a question. What faults?

donh525 on December 28, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Do we know anythikng about the suit guy or guys yet? Just woke up.
I’ll tell you what irritates me the most abouut this stuff. The incident occurs then we get a month of press on blaming Bush and Obama’s strong investigations and inquiries and then the story dies as we await the next disaster they blame on Bush.
Maybe some good American ought to investigate properly. There aren’t any in this admin or the press.

ORconservative on December 28, 2009 at 9:51 AM

DaydreamBeliever on December 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

He’s in a bunker somewhere riding out the impending Israeli attack on Iran.

Stand by for heavy rolls.

Otis B on December 28, 2009 at 9:53 AM

0bama’s babes are not measuring up to their tasks. I guess it would be too much to ask that a person in such high value position should have some intelligence background?

This crop of Dims are dangerously dumb.

FireBlogger on December 28, 2009 at 9:54 AM

This administration is cowardly. The last thing this country needed was a coward for a leader and a bunch of blithering idiots for a cabinet. I wish Obama would call the WH from Hawaii and say “I’m sorry, I have to admit I’m not up to the task. This job is above my pay grade. I hereby resign. Oh yea, and you can take back that peace prize I didn’t earn, too.”

Except the guy who is waiting in the wings is hardly better.

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 9:55 AM

did this guy have an east Texas accent and mertalize the English langwage–if so, can we say it was ‘Bush’!?
/s/

ted c on December 28, 2009 at 9:46 AM

For the record, 43′s accent is West Texas. But the guy with the terrorist was probably a Halliburton executive, so Cheney was involved.
/s

TXUS on December 28, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Oh, BTW, let’s be fair.

We don’t know if it was Hillary’s imported thugs asleep at the switch, or if it was Obaka’s hires.

It is a bit difficult to tell them apart.

CPT. Charles on December 28, 2009 at 9:55 AM

I believe the Bush administration would have never allowed this man to obtain a visa, especially after his dad spoke out about him.

deidre on December 28, 2009 at 9:58 AM

So much for Hillary’s 3 AM call!

xler8bmw on December 28, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Hillary works in Government?
I had no idea.

bridgetown on December 28, 2009 at 9:59 AM

The system does work!!! They gave my son’s fudge he was taking to his girl friend a chemical test to make sure it wasn’t an explosive! Even this clean cut college student from a religious institution in UT was inspected thoroughly. What more do you want?

Farmer Brown on December 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Hahahaha. They made my son throw away his bottled water too, so there!

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 9:59 AM

For the record, 43’s accent is West Texas. But the guy with the terrorist was probably a Halliburton executive, so Cheney was involved.
/s

TXUS on December 28, 2009 at 9:55 AM

thanks for that thar co-rrec-she-on! East–West–*damn* I knew this compass here was stuck!

ted c on December 28, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Looking at the silver lining in this, it is a wake up call. These clowns aren’t done being the terrorist bastards that they are no matter who you free, who you make President, or how we’ve already suffered. Our gov’t has been too worried about giving them rights and healthcare. Un friggin believable.

johnnyU on December 28, 2009 at 9:59 AM

These assclowns can try and spin potential deaths, but the people who are paying attention aren’t buying it. Their politically correct attitude will get more and more people killed.
George Bush is going to be remembered as a hero for keeping this country safe after 9/11 because he knew the war against Islamic terror doesn’t have an expiration date no matter who is President.

jjshaka on December 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Bush would have delivered a public statement from Crawford about this the day it happened. Obama can’t spare time away from the golf course to say anything.

kingsjester on December 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

So I guess that Bush started the list and thats the problem. They ignore the list because its Bush’s list.

Ed Laskie on December 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

I’m sorry but I can’t even get past Hillary’s hair.
Did Michelle Obama steal ALL the stylists in D.C.?
anniekc on December 28, 2009 at 9:39 AM

If she did, they were all the 3rd rate ones that play up Mrs. O’s not-so-great proportions.

They claim that Mutallab got on board claiming not to have a passport, with the aid of an Indian “gentleman.”
J_Crater on December 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM

No doubt we’ll hear that he was just a “legitimate businessman” – Let’s move along, nothing to see here….

CarolynM on December 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

So much for Hillary’s 3 AM call!

xler8bmw on December 28, 2009 at 9:58 AM

her answer…”Bill, did WHAT? to WHOM?”….

ted c on December 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

It’s as ridiculous as doing strip-searches on Grandma while allowing a Nigerian on a watch list to pass through two sets of security without a patdown.

On the plus side, we’ve done a great job of preventing terrorist attacks by elderly Christian women. Who knows? Once we’ve completely eliminated that threat, we can move on to stopping people in the terrorist database.

hawksruleva on December 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Thank you Ed for showing how typical politics can get U.S. killed.

DHS has the list, but cannot keep it current if the Department of State does not give them the latest phone book of a country identified by DHS as a ‘Man Caused Disaster (waiting to happen).

Therefore, President Obama’s sister (DHS Sec. Neapolitan) and his adopted sister (Sec. of State Clinton) obviously are at odds with one another as to who is in charge of President Obama. It almost reminds me of Sec. of State Alexander Haig claiming that he was in-charge after President Reagan was shot.

I would pay to see these two in a mud pit with each other.

MSGTAS on December 28, 2009 at 10:03 AM

“Spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Obama has ordered reviews of the watch-list system and the airport explosives screening.”

Well, the MSM should be asking who is in charge of that review and tell the Administration they want some answers from that person.

Dusty on December 28, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Surely they must get THOUSANDS of fathers reporting their sons every day.

It must be as common as the grass growing.

notagool on December 28, 2009 at 10:04 AM

I’m a middle aged American woman and I was “randomly” pulled aside and searched twice going from VA to TX, while my son who was with me was never given a second glance. We laughed about it, but seriously it’s absurd.

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I wondered how long that it would be until they blamed Bush. Pathetic amateurs!

farright on December 28, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I blame the “Tea Baggers”… and Bush, of course.

Mr_Magoo on December 28, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Didn’t take long: BUSH’S FAULT!

Dandapani on December 28, 2009 at 10:06 AM

“Spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Obama has ordered reviews of the watch-list system and the airport explosives screening.”

Sorry, but as a new president shouldn’t that have been one of the first things you would need to do? Why wait a year to find out if there are flaws in the system, which obviously there are. How can we trust an administration that has let this happen?

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 10:07 AM

I believe the Bush administration would have never allowed this man to obtain a visa, especially after his dad spoke out about him.

deidre on December 28, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Sadly the same gubmint employees that staffed DHS during the Bush administration are still in those positions, nothing has changed except the management. The whole organization is aboout as useful as a jumped on squash.

thomasaur on December 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

oh pullllleeeze this is in no way pinnable on HRC

this is a DHS top down issue, witness Hassan

no one is supposed to profile anyone under Obama, period.

I know you dont like Hill Ed but cmon, lay the blame where it belongs on a system that has forgotten 9/11 not on the SoS

ginaswo on December 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

And no, BUSH did NOT let this happen, THIS administration is responsible and the cowards in office need to man up and admit it, or resign.

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 10:09 AM

It’s one thing to get an anonymous tip about a potential terrorist suspect. When a father feels compelled to warn the US about his own son, that should have triggered a little bit more response than “We’ll take it under advisement.”

Obviously the system needs to be looked at, but you have to look at this in context. If, as the story suggests, the counter-terrorism department receives thousands of similar tips a week, then you do have to come up with a system of which leads to follow up with. Just going on the word of a family member probably falls short when compared to other information they receive.

This incident is just another example of a continuing Hot Air trend… when the FBI or DHS is successful in breaking up a plot, they are heralded. When something bad happens, as in this case or Fort Hood, then the Monday Morning QBing fueled by political rage begins.

As Gibbs pointed out, the system that the State Department was using was put into place by the Bush administration. Obviously, that system needs to be reviewed. And it is.

I mean, you guys have no shame in politicizing this stuff. I don’t recall lefty sites using Richard Reid’s failed attempt to attack the Bush administration.

Another interesting thing I just read about Reid: He was tried and convicted of terrorism in a — GASP — US Court and is serving a life sentence in a — GASP — US prison. This is a guy who is believed to be sent by AQ to blow up a plane heading for the US. I don’t recall any on the right — or left — wetting themselves because he was brought to justice in a US court of law. I don’t recall anyone claiming Bush didn’t understand the threat of terrorism because Reid was tried in a US court of law.

Tom_Shipley on December 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM

I believe the Bush administration would have never allowed this man to obtain a visa

This Bush administration DID let this guy get a visa. He obtained it in 2008.

Tom_Shipley on December 28, 2009 at 10:11 AM

hah liberals still bring up the bush whitehouse getting a vague unspecific warning before 9/11.

In this case, they got the specific name of the person and he still got on a plane with explosives and disaster was only averted by the actions of the passengers. Where is the liberal outrage?!?!?

brandozilla on December 28, 2009 at 10:11 AM

This problem is never, ever, EVER going to get corrected thanks in large part to political correctness. If we were serious about airline security, then we would start profiling passengers at the ground level- at all phases, from ticketing to security to boarding. Instead, we “randomly” select a woman with three kids, one of which is a baby or we’ll take a white, overweight, 65 year old man with a POW jacket on his back and a USS Constitution hat on his head and pull them out of line for an intense security screening.

A dark-skinned Muslim with a visa, with a one way ticket and no luggage? Don’t be ridiculous. If we started actually looking for people that fit the terrorist profile, every two-bit lawyer in the country would have an absolute FIELD DAY. This little problem of ours isn’t going away anytime soon- in fact, it’ll get worse before it gets better.

Could a white, 65 year old man actually be a jihadist and a terror threat? Absolutely. There are exceptions to every rule. I’ve never seen a white, 65 year old English speaking man commit or try to commit an act of jihad against the US, and that’s the point. These extremist radical Muslims aren’t in disguise. They all look exactly the same. Wouldn’t it make sense to profile them???

And I realize that the problem here was… for lack of a better word: clerical. But the men and woman on the ground are the last line of defense. Instead of strip searching grandma, we ought to give special attention to people who *GASP* actually look like terrorists.

Fish on December 28, 2009 at 10:12 AM

The lack of attention was not unusual, according to U.S. intelligence officials, who said that thousands of similar bits of information flow into the National Counterterrorism Center each week from around the world.

Why is “thousands”, or any number, relevant to their argument/excuse? If they put it in the system as they claim, then someone in Amsterdam would have typed the name on the passport and that information would magically appear on his computer monitor. They are in serious cover up mode and saying the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard.

Buddahpundit on December 28, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Has anyone noticed that when these clowns screw up, We the People cannot fathom the complexities of the system with which they have to deal? Well, then, let’s simplify it. They are fekkin’ cretins.

allstonian on December 28, 2009 at 10:14 AM

And Gibbs, Obama, etc… are not trying to blame Bush. They’re just trying to deflate the inevitable right-wing story line that something like this wouldn’t have happened under Bush, he understood the threat, blah, blah, blah.

Tom_Shipley on December 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM

I believe the Bush administration would have never allowed this man to obtain a visa, especially after his dad spoke out about him.

deidre on December 28, 2009 at 9:58 AM

By this man you mean Ogabe?

1921 C DRUM on December 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM

When Robert Gibbs started spinning this back into more BushBushBushBushBush

Been busy, so I haven’t been following this at all, but – no freaking way. Really?

I’m going to have to get caught up.

Oh, I see it… the system is too complicated. Too complicated for gub’mint employees? Or just too complicated for Obama and Co., like the WH phone system.

What is amazing to me, is that Obama proves himself to be a bigger POS every week. Unprecedented.

Obama; the boy who cried Bush.

reaganaut on December 28, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Hillary Clinton has been totally incompetent as Sec of State, yet her favorable ratings have been going up.

In the poll of 800 registered voters who are self-identified “news watchers,” Clinton had a 75 percent approval rating and a 21 percent disapproval rating overall. Obama, in contrast, had a 51 percent approval and a 45 percent disapproval rating. Politico

The Republicans need to show Hillary a little love and let the press know how she has bungled every diplomatic attempt she has made so far.

huckleberryfriend on December 28, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I believe the Bush administration would have never allowed this man to obtain a visa

Sure he would have (and obviously did) but the occupant of the WH does not go over each and every application for a visa, that is left up to a lifer in the government employment pool the majority of which are bleeding hearts who think that GWB was the problem not the MUSLIM TERRORISTS.

thomasaur on December 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM

And Gibbs, Obama, etc… are not trying to blame Bush. They’re just trying to deflate the inevitable right-wing story line that something like this wouldn’t have happened under Bush, he understood the threat, blah, blah, blah.

Um, he just did blame Bush by saying that the watch list system that was put into place was too complicated for the likes of Obama, Gibbs and halfwit, liberal hotair posters.

reaganaut on December 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Funny that this “broken system” kept us safe under Bush for 7 years. What has changed?

This really highlights the difference between the Israeli way and the democrats’ way. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. The trick is to find which people are out to kill others. A dad reporting a son as dangerous should have been a STRONG warning.

justincase on December 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM

W had his faults, but if Gibbs and Co. think they can blame him for anything terror-related they are beyond stupid.
People also see Captain Bullshit of Hawaii not making a televised statement on this deadly serious matter, either.

jjshaka on December 28, 2009 at 10:22 AM

This Bush administration DID let this guy get a visa. He obtained it in 2008.

Tom_Shipley on December 28, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Correct, most likely because of the father’s status. But, it still doesn’t admonish the current administrations responsibility of ignoring the call from the father to authorities and pulling his visa privilege.

xler8bmw on December 28, 2009 at 10:22 AM

It’s as ridiculous as doing strip-searches on Grandma while allowing a Nigerian on a watch list to pass through two sets of security without a patdown body-cavity strip search and whatever else El Al would recommend.

FIFY.

BuckeyeSam on December 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

And Gibbs, Obama, etc… are not trying to blame Bush. They’re just trying to deflate the inevitable right-wing story line that something like this wouldn’t have happened under Bush, he understood the threat, blah, blah, blah.

Tom_Shipley on December 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Good try! But, completely off base. By placing the current legalities in question and placed under Bush they certainly are trying to take the light off of themselves! Just like when everyone blamed Bush for 9/11 when clearly the same logic of legalities were placed by the previous administration and Bush did nothing to change them. Again, good try!

xler8bmw on December 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM

This Bush administration DID let this guy get a visa. He obtained it in 2008.

Tom_Shipley on December 28, 2009 at 10:11 AM

And let’s immediately fall asleep at the switch. I thought this was Obama’s show.

But thanks for chiming in.

BuckeyeSam on December 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

And Gibbs, Obama, etc… are not trying to blame Bush. They’re just trying to deflate the inevitable right-wing story line that something like this wouldn’t have happened under Bush, he understood the threat, blah, blah, blah.

Tom_Shipley on December 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Terrorists could attack under Bush, but they didn’t much like Bush’s policy of, from their perspective, toppling Islamic regimes after terrorist attacks.

The terrorists are up on current events and they believe that Obama wants them to attack the US. Again, Little Rock, Ft. Hood and the Christmas Day flight; Obama had the goods on all these terrorists and let the attack happen. What are the terrorists supposed to think at this point?

Buddahpundit on December 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Now Ed. Your post is a low blow and an entirely political punch unbecoming of you. On a matter such as this, these kinds of conversations hurt rather than help the system. Blame is not the name of the game. Rather cool heads brought to us by thoughtful conversation will serve us best and will lead to systemic overhaul. This is an ever-changing situation. Indeed, it is irresponsible of all of us to play politics in this grave matter. In fact, our political games are fodder for the jihadis and plays directly into the hands of al Qaeda whose members thrive on the divide and conquer spirit.

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com/my_two_sense1.html

The CJ Political Report on December 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

As Gibbs pointed out, the system that the State Department was using was put into place by the Bush administration. Obviously, that system needs to be reviewed. And it is.

[Tom_Shipley on December 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM]

How do you know it is, Tom? According to the above excerpt Obama ordered it, but Gibbs didn’t say the order has been acted on. Neither do we know if review has gone anywhere beyond “review” such that it might have included “changes”. Do we know who is in charge of the review or the primary participants from the various agencies and departments?

“I mean, you guys have no shame in politicizing this stuff.”

Dude, this is politics! If Napolitano hadn’t politicized this by coming on Sunday’s shows prepped with her scraping the bottom-of-the-barrel moronic “The system worked!” iron panties to protect the Administrations’ pantywaist butt, then, maybe, you’d have cause to argue this but your claim to see it here is nothing more than follow up politicization in an effort to stifle ‘patriotic dissent’ of moronic political appointees exhibiting their idiocy with impunity and we don’t fall for that anymore.

Dusty on December 28, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Funny that this “broken system” kept us safe under Bush for 7 years. What has changed?

justincase on December 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Right on. As simplesimon is unavailable for comment, would you like to respond Tom?

derft on December 28, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Its okay, not to worry. we have a B+ president working on his D- golf swing….we are safe.

jbh45 on December 28, 2009 at 10:29 AM

And no, BUSH did NOT let this happen, THIS administration is responsible and the cowards in office need to man up and admit it, and resign.

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 10:09 AM

1921 C DRUM on December 28, 2009 at 10:30 AM

explain the complicated system of centralized terrorist data and watch lists, stressing that they were put in place years ago by the Bush administration

I knew it was Bush’s fault…what else could it be with this administration?
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Instead of “looking” at the system, they spend time attacking a radio talk show host…Obama still has his weekly meetings regarding Rush, Beck, Fox News, etc…but he doesn’t have weekly meetings on potential terrorists.
Priorities…terrorists don’t vote….

right2bright on December 28, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Muslim extremists cost us billions and generally make life miserable for the rest of us who fly on airplanes, need to enter government buildings, etc. due to security measures that need to be taken because they want to kill us. Yet, Westerners as a whole seem to just love practitioners of the Religion of Peace, go out of their way to accomodate and appease them, and always condemn Israel (euphemism for Jews) no matter what it does. Up is down and down is up, and I guess it will always be that way until we all live under Sharia law to make them really happy.

guest77 on December 28, 2009 at 10:31 AM

As Gibbs pointed out, the system that the State Department was using was put into place by the Bush administration. Obviously, that system needs to be reviewed. And it is.

[Tom_Shipley on December 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM]

That’s the biggest pile of donkey dung I’ve seen on these boards in months. Those cowardly idiots need to get their heads out of their whiny backsides, grow up and act like responsible adults.

rplat on December 28, 2009 at 10:34 AM

The CJ Political Report on December 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Huh?
Please. We have to watch this administration all damn day and yesterday doing nothing but playing politics. The Dutch are looking for the accomplice, why aren’t we?

ORconservative on December 28, 2009 at 10:34 AM

The CJ Political Report on December 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I don’t see how it’s a low blow. For what? Pointing out that Obama is once again trying to pass the blame off on Bush?

The fact that the attack failed serves as a wake-up call, and when we see that the statements coming out of the White House (the system worked!, no, the system didn’t work, uh, the system put in place was too complicated, uh, uh, um…) it makes people worried.

We can all be thankful that it wasn’t a “grave situation” because the attack failed.

reaganaut on December 28, 2009 at 10:35 AM

I fly without a passport domestically, but they scan, puff air and swab my stuff. If I had a passport they should still do the same thing. I dont see what this guy getting a passport in 2008 really has to do with his slipping by screeners in xmas of 2009. Just because you have a passport doesn’t mean squat. It might cause a screener to be less critical, maybe, but should it?

If I blame Bush for anything would be that Bush’s religious beliefs were still lingering in the air and caused the thing to NOT detonate.

johnnyU on December 28, 2009 at 10:35 AM

The democrats won’t be happy until there is another and bigger attack on the USA.

Sad but true.

jukin on December 28, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com/my_two_sense1.html
The CJ Political Report on December 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Grow up. These are barbarians, not diplomats. They hate our guts. They hate our freedom. They hate our culture. Political appeasement will not work with barbarians. Ask Neville Chamberlain. We are in a fight for our very lives with our enemies, both foreign and domestic. Our Founders did not endure the hardships they did in order for Liberals such as youself to sell out our country for political expendiences.

kingsjester on December 28, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Its okay, not to worry. we have a B+ president working on his D- golf swing….we are safe.

jbh45 on December 28, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Maybe Tiger will show up. He’s proving to be a big hero.

johnnyU on December 28, 2009 at 10:37 AM

The 300 killed on that flight are nothing to the D.C. government.

Heck, their buddies at Planned Parenthood kill off 300 babies in about 2 hours in this country.

Numbers like these 300 mean nothing to the Caliph and his bureaucratic thugs.

PappyD61 on December 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Hillary is pounding on her restart button.

Tip to Napolitano and the rest: Instead of looking for weapons at the airport, look for terrorists. Or is that being racist?

albill on December 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Come on people, Hillary is planning Chelsea’s wedding.

Priorities, folks, priorities !

stenwin77 on December 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM

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