Obama: “The buck stops with me”

posted at 5:44 pm on January 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

John Ziegler says in an e-mail that Barack Obama sounded a lot more like Dick Cheney than himself in this crisp and broad statement. This was an all-business, no-nonsense rundown that gave a solid impression of action, as opposed to the low-key approach to the terrorist attack attempt over the last two weeks. Obama dispenses with the “system worked” excuse to emphasize the obvious, which is that having to have airline passengers dive onto Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to keep him from detonating a bomb on the plane is a failure. And that failure, Obama said, is one for which the man in charge has to accept responsibility. This is longish, but the statement begins at about the 1:40 mark:

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“I am less interested in passing out blame than I am in learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer. For ultimately, the buck stops with me. … When the system fails, it is my responsibility.”

Exactly. Most people don’t care about Rs and Ds when it comes to making the nation safe. They just want the job done competently. When things go wrong, they want to see action and a sense of responsibility for the breakdown. On that score, Obama did well by stating the obvious very firmly, although it would have been better to hear that kind of approach on December 25th, not January 7th.

The part where Ziegler thinks Obama channeled Cheney comes immediately afterward, where Obama states explicitly that we are a nation at war, not a nation facing a crime wave. Perhaps now he will approach terrorists as unlawful combatants rather than criminals captured on the streets.


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“I am less interested in passing out blame than I am in learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer. For ultimately, the buck stops with me. … When the system fails, it is my responsibility.”

Can we create a Nobel Comedian Prize just for this line?

Hawkins1701 on January 8, 2010 at 12:04 AM

The most effective thing would be to wait until all Senators are in the chamber, and then surround the building with the biggest sit-in since the 1960s – and DO NOT LET THE SENATORS LEAVE!

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:07 AM

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:07 AM

That scares the bejeezus out of me, but something has got to give and I know that.

koz on January 8, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Wait – even better – wait until the chamber is EMPTY, and just before a scheduled vote, surround the Capitol and don’t let them IN, so that they can’t pass a damn thing!

There – fixed it for myself.

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:08 AM

koz -

Yeah, it’s serious stuff – but then, what’s not serious about quadrupling the national debt, seizing huge chunks of the economy, and doing it over the protests of the majority of Americans, and laughing about it? This story is old as nations. Think France – 1789.

We don’t have to guillotine them. If the Capitol is seriously blockaded, with tear gas, arrests, people waving the Constitution, etc., this will light a fire that can’t be put out and embolden all those silently seething people around us to join in saying NO to these despotic legislators.

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM

It’s no more scary than the marches of the 1960s. Unpleasant, yes. Cracked skulls and tear gas? Yes.

But do things need shaking up big-time? Yes.

Is our government out of control? Yes.

I can’t think of any better cause than saving America for our kids from a tyrannical government.

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:13 AM

As far as our security is concerned, until we start looking for terrorists instead of bombs we are going to continue to get attacked by young Muslim men.

BINGO. thats why obowma will get us all kIlled

……. lets call pantywaste what he is – a muslim sympathizer which in turn makes him a TERRORIST SYMPATHIZER because all terrorists are muslim

i dont give a rats a$$ if that statement would offend anybody because i dont give a rats a$$ about political correctness.

sidewinder22 on January 8, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Filling an extension is useless. You must pay any taxes owed with the extension. The only a tax revolt works is if you change your w-2 withholding data so you send nothing in to the monster. I don’t even think this would work because they would just get the FED to print them more money.
A sit-in with loads of railroad ties, tar and feathers on hand would be far more productive.

chemman on January 7, 2010 at 11:58 PM

I guess I’m being being too general. I’m thinking filing an extension would be the first step, along with more than a million Americans marching INTO the Capitol. If that’s not enough, then the W2 changes can be put into motion and if they want to keep printing the $$ then it’s anybody’s game…all bets may be off…

tigerlily on January 8, 2010 at 12:22 AM

To restate the words of Mario Savio at University of California, Berkeley, 1964:

“And that — that brings me to the second mode of civil disobedience. There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus — and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it — that unless you’re free the machine will be prevented from working at all!!

That doesn’t mean — I know it will be interpreted to mean, unfortunately, by the bigots who run The Examiner, for example — That doesn’t mean that you have to break anything. One thousand people sitting down some place, not letting anybody by, not [letting] anything happen, can stop any machine, including this machine! And it will stop!!

We’re gonna do the following — and the greater the number of people, the safer they’ll be and the more effective it will be. We’re going, once again, to march up to the 2nd floor of Sproul Hall. And we’re gonna conduct our lives for awhile in the 2nd floor of Sproul Hall…..” etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Savio

Nothing is going to change in the current corrupt U.S. government until We The People retake our Capitol with massive sit-ins.

The ’60s showed us how. Joe Biden rold us to gird our loins. He was right. We must.

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:27 AM

And China will step in and stop berri from completely wrecking the $…they own us, really.

tigerlily on January 8, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Cane, I think you’re onto something, but I really believe that the FIRST thing that must be made a reality is the restoration of the protection of the unborn, not restoration of our wallets. We must put the innocents ahead of all else. Only then will we have the protection and power of God which we will require to be successful, because we are dealing with nothing less than pure, entrenched evil. And if we are going up against it with only our poor human efforts, no matter how well played, we lose, because our enemy is not flesh and blood.

tigerlily on January 8, 2010 at 12:46 AM

Good grief, surely no one is falling for the empty mouthings of this teleprompter poseur all over again?

Mojamaiko on January 8, 2010 at 1:13 AM

“…we are a nation at war, not a nation facing a crime wave…”

Channeling Palin and Cheney both? [See: Facebook]

IndieDogg on January 8, 2010 at 1:14 AM

Can Obama fire himself?

I mean, he is the president, after all.

I don’t think anyone would object.

Except maybe al-Qaeda.

profitsbeard on January 8, 2010 at 1:18 AM

The buck is above Obama’s pay grade.

viking01 on January 8, 2010 at 1:24 AM

We don’t have to guillotine them.

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Wouldn’t work for members of Congress, anyway; the guillotine doesn’t work when one’s head is up one’s a$$.

Dopenstrange on January 8, 2010 at 1:32 AM

Reagan and W looked you straight in the eye, this douche is always looking sideways.

Marcus on January 8, 2010 at 1:35 AM

Meanwhile, only a year and two months too late, McCain starts to criticize Obama.

profitsbeard on January 8, 2010 at 1:46 AM

Didn’t Brennen (Not sure if thats his name) also say that its his fault today or something? I still think this guys motto is “The Buck Stops with that guy” because it took how many successful attacks and attempts before he finally started to say he should be the one at fault.

Rbastid on January 8, 2010 at 2:04 AM

Hey, relax. President Toonces is driving the car and all of us reluctant passengers can just scream and scream as it goes over the cliff in a ball of fire.

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trapeze on January 8, 2010 at 2:58 AM

Obama channeling Cheney? Faking it, maybe. We already know Obama can say whatever people want to hear at the moment, with great conviction, but get used to it already: it means very little in real world terms.

el gordo on January 8, 2010 at 4:22 AM

Savage got this right last night. Bozo gave a carefully worded speech signifying nothing. A “systemic” failure. Nobody is responsible and the clown car just keeps on driving.

A lot of sorta tough talk long after the fact and only spoken in response to ugly poll data. Bozo is still annoyed this interrupted his vacation.

Neither he nor any member of his clown posse care if you live or die, folks. He’s too busy being a celebrity.

dogsoldier on January 8, 2010 at 6:35 AM

I feel so safe now….(as the terrorists plan for the next attack on the U.S.)

yoda on January 8, 2010 at 6:41 AM

Dec. 25th – Jan 7th, Wow it took them that long to write the speech he used to tell us the buck stops with me. Some one is reading Harry Truemans notes.

mixplix on January 8, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Obama: “The buck stops with me”

But let me be clear. I inherited this buck from the previous administration.

highhopes on January 8, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Dec. 25th – Jan 7th, Wow it took them that long to write the speech he used to tell us the buck stops with me.
mixplix on January 8, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Just since Monday. He was still on vacation until then. Then there were the showcase “reviews” where he brought in all the people who were supposed to be doing their jobs to yell at them in front of the cameras for political cover. Then there was a day or so to pick out just the right tie for the cameras…..

In case you haven’t figured it out our American-hating/ terrorist-loving thug of a President doesn’t take terrorism seriously nor do any of the people responsible to prevent terrorist attacks.

highhopes on January 8, 2010 at 7:06 AM

This guy sounds more like your typical Monday morning quarterback know-it-all instead of a leader. Only after the polls show that he really blew it, does he finally pretend that he’s in charge and leading. Even a street organizer ought to have read those tea leaves that said; golfing while the nation is under attack is a no, no! By the way -”the buck stops here” is not too encouraging of a phrase in view of what his administration has done to destroy the American dollar.

Don L on January 8, 2010 at 7:21 AM

This guy sounds more like your typical Monday morning quarterback know-it-all instead of a leader.

Don L on January 8, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Anybody else find it fascinating that he can attack the Cambridge police for “acting stupidly” within hours and without any of the facts but it takes him two weeks to come up with a response to a terrorist attack that could have killed nearly 300 individuals.

highhopes on January 8, 2010 at 7:29 AM

“I am less interested in passing out blame than I am in learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer.”

“That’s when the mistakes are coming from my administration. No need to assign blame then. But if I can find a way to blame the mistakes on the Bush administration, then I’m all about blame: I INHERITED the problem from Bush!!!”

AZCoyote on January 8, 2010 at 7:32 AM

logis – Try to wrap your mouth around the words: ‘Obama nukes Quetta Pakistan.’

I do not think that he has that sort of ability as a leader unless he experiences the effects of Private War personally, not at third-hand.

The path was started by FDR on the advice of Einstein, meaning that FDR could at least listen to someone and accept basic physics. President Obama, like FDR, cannot even understand basic economics. He will be stuck with a foe that, like Japan, did not abide by the laws of war save that terrorism is a methodology used in Private War. He cannot understand that because we do not teach about what warfare is and why the negative liberty of it is vested in Nations. Thus on a path to economic ruin we are put in deadly danger by non-Nation State actors who abide by no laws of war and, thusly, do not fall under them by their actions. The GC is quite specific that those acting like that are treated as spies and saboteurs, and the sentence is final. Truman recognized that FDR had the bomb made to deal with a Nation that had no want of peace and would fight to the last man, woman and child if it could. He could weigh the cost of war, the cost of peace and see that new capability meant a new factor. If we had a clue about what Private War is we would not be setting up the Truman decision which was largely made by FDR. There is no mercy to those that do not abide by the laws of war, there never has been as they are a threat to all mankind.

President Truman understood that.

President Obama does not.

In that difference hangs the balance of our people, our Nation and the direction of all mankind. Obama prioritizes healthcare over doing the right thing in war… and now risks losing both. He cannot even keep up with the ‘hot pursuit’ of al Qaeda into Pakistan or any place they run to. But then that is fighting the old fashioned way, the right way, and giving your enemy no safe harbor, no assurances of safety, nothing at all when they do not abide by the laws of war.

The Emperor of Japan would come to understand that folly. al Qaeda members? They already pledge their lives to be ended and there is no controlling part of the organization that can say ‘enough is enough’. They cannot be defeated en mass, thus must be defeated in detail. Very grim, that. And use of nukes does not guarantee doing it en mass because of dispersion of the terrorist system. Unless you want a nice, glassy parking lot in Pakistan, parts of Afghanistan, KSA, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria… the list is very, very long because if you don’t get them in detail the threat regrows. Even if Obama did order the use of nukes, they do not remove the threat nor show US resolve as we must take the organization down in detail. They know that. We do not. Civilization itself needs defending by the laws of war, and we do not have a President who even bothers to know them.

Truman could make that decision and had over 6 million Purple Hearts made for the expected invasion of Japan. We still hand those out as they have not run out since then.

Obama appears ready to leave this to a successor because he will not fight, because he cannot understand what the fight is. And we are all in deadly danger because of that.

ajacksonian on January 8, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Hey, relax. President Toonces is driving the car and all of us reluctant passengers can just scream and scream as it goes over the cliff in a ball of fire.

And now a quickie plug for a great place to discuss politics: Conservative Talk forum.

You can get there by pasting this address into your browser: http://nanosecondinv.proboards.com/

Conservatives are always welcome. Liberals, well, not so much. But, if you are a liberal, and you think that you are up to the task (mentally), by all means give it your best shot.

Register to become a member so that you can participate in the discussions and debates.

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trapeze on January 8, 2010 at 2:58 AM

You guys have troll filters???

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 7:35 AM

Nobody reads words from a teleprompter better than Barack Hussein Obama (mmmmmmm…mmmmmmmm….mmmmmmmm). I have ZERO faith in this guy’s ability to defend our nation. When Al Qaeda finally succeeds in causing mass casualties, how many of the victims do you think will be the swing voters who got this guy elected to begin with?

olesparkie on January 8, 2010 at 7:37 AM

I believe the national debt is somewhere around $12 Trillion so the buck can’t stop at Obama, America owes it to somebody else, probably China.

Basil Fawlty on January 8, 2010 at 7:37 AM

President Toonces

trapeze on January 8, 2010 at 2:58 AM

Heh.

VelvetElvis on January 8, 2010 at 7:54 AM

Yeah, you weasel! Now that the walls are closing in on you. What a sham!

mozalf on January 8, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Perhaps now he will approach terrorists as unlawful combatants rather than criminals captured on the streets.

I wouldn’t hold my breath… He already screwed the pooch on that deal, when he validated the investigation of C.I.A. operative’s interrogation techniques.

He boxed himself in, when he made the decision to give terrorists, like Nidal Malik Hasan their “rights”.. It’s too late to reverse those decisions, now.

It’s easy to take responsibility when an attack is unsuccessful.

But, the buck stops with him in the Ft. Hood massacre, too.

franksalterego on January 8, 2010 at 8:04 AM

I demaned you resign this minute fool

Denniscat on January 8, 2010 at 8:07 AM

*confirmed*

message received from china this morning.

Mr. President:
Regarding that “buck” you mentioned in your speech yesterday, the PRC respectfully submits that it actually stops with us.

–Hu Jintao
PS. we haven’t forgotten about the dinner and movie!
*kiss kiss*

ted c on January 8, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Ahem, A crisis appears to be wasting and in need of someone to “stop-a-buck”…

MYFOXNY.COM – After months of fear, media coverage and government warnings there wasn’t as much demand for the swine flu vaccine in New York state.

Truckloads of swine flu vaccines are being returned by counties that say the expected demand for the shots never happened.When the state’s H1N1 vaccination program kicked off in the fall there were fears that there wouldn’t be enough of the new vaccine to go around.

The flu strain has not spread as wide as feared and some people were also unsure of pumping a quickly developed vaccine into their bodies.

ted c on January 8, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Obama – “The buck stops with me.”

The President’s word and the buck are worth nothing!

yoda on January 8, 2010 at 8:55 AM

What makes President Obama believe we even have a buck for him to stop. His programs and inflation have made every citizen to regroup and rethink their earning capacity and retirement.

MSGTAS on January 8, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Narcissistic liar! MORE blathering platitudes, yet no one gets fired and that reeking sphincter of a terrorist still resides in criminal court instead of a military tribunal? HE LIES!!!!!

jgdp on January 8, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Let’s not forget that all of Obama’s promises come with an expiration date. Which I’m sure was about 5 minutes after saying this.

Disturb the Universe on January 8, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Anybody have a three-dollar bill they can send to the POTUS for display on his desk?

Yoop on January 8, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Bull-shite, horse-hockey, hockey-crapola, bees feces, insect sputum, Chicago smeagma, Gollum weasel guts, Axelrod greasy polecat puke, maggot breath, double-plus undead mealy mouthed forked-tongue “Now I am finally, at last, once more with great sincerity and the same nauseating downcast face-goofy thumb/forefinger gestures, telling you the truth so far”.

The ‘Truth’ from this excuse for a man is a function of how many times he says whatever he says. Eight C-spans, nope. ‘X’ number of “Close Gitmos, leave Iraq, not one dime”…uh uh. The word most used and which we can take TARP money on is, “I”. “I……I…I.I…I….I….I”.

Broadsword on January 8, 2010 at 9:24 AM

“The buck stops with me.” Chairman Bowbama

Good point. You’re fired, dickwad.

james23 on January 8, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Did I mention that Pres. B+ is all package and nothing inside? Or that British phrase, ‘All retch and no vomit’?

Broadsword on January 8, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Astounding that so many members of this administration, including Odumbo, are so clearly out of their depth.

ultracon on January 8, 2010 at 9:27 AM

The part where Ziegler thinks Obama channeled Cheney comes immediately afterward, where Obama states explicitly that we are a nation at war, not a nation facing a crime wave. Perhaps now he will approach terrorists as unlawful combatants rather than criminals captured on the streets.

And in other news this morning, a grand jury has indicted the underwear bomber. Because the president realizes this is an act of war, not a crime.

I appreciate the good rhetoric from the president, long delayed though it is, but he still has to live up to it. So far, they’re still pursuing the law enforcement approach.

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 8, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Anybody have a three-dollar bill they can send to the POTUS for display on his desk?

Yoop on January 8, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Exactly. It’s all theater with this man. Phony.

petefrt on January 8, 2010 at 9:29 AM

With Obama, he spreads out misery. This particular speech was spot on, in my opinion. He finally hit the sweet spot.

I honestly did feel better after hearing him. He sounded as though he “gets” what went wrong, what needs to happen, and his own accountability. He didn’t blame Bush.

Now, the watch is truly on his turf.

AnninCA on January 8, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Obama – “The buck stops with me.”

Of course Obama had to do this to look Presidential,try to show some consistency with the liberal talking points over the last 8 years,and deflect the infantile appearance of his administration being a full year in power and still whining about Bush.

I think this will still mean nothing when it comes to White House strategy.Blaming Bush is really all they have and the only thing that unites liberals right now.

What we will get is this “buck stops with me” line repeated about 2% of the time on MSM outlets with the other 98% of talking points being about all the “mess” they inherited from Bush.

Nothing but Obama trying to look Presidential when in reality they will still pass the buck every single day.

…ironically….that buck is hardly worth the paper it is printed on since the “adults” have been in charge.

Baxter Greene on January 8, 2010 at 9:53 AM

A speech means nothing. Actions matter. And so far, every single action O! has taken has been wrong. I somehow doubt his administration will suddenly start being rational, mature and competent after this speech.

Monkeytoe on January 8, 2010 at 9:56 AM

We don’t have to guillotine them.
cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Rats.
Are you sure?

justltl on January 8, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Astounding that so many members of this administration, including Odumbo, are so clearly out of their depth.

ultracon on January 8, 2010 at 9:27 AM

This seems to be a problem across the ‘western’ world. The people who are competent to be elected to positions of power are not even getting put forward as candidates.

The recent USA election was, and the forthcoming UK one will be, a vote for the least unworthy of a selection of clueless and/or incompetent candidates.

This is not the fault of politicians; it is the fault of the electorate. Democracy requires participation, but too many of us have not been participating thereby leaving the field open for the sort of obnoxious, unskilled, foolish people who presently direct the agenda, dominate the debates and/or hold office.

YiZhangZhe on January 8, 2010 at 10:13 AM

I honestly did feel better after hearing him. He sounded as though he “gets” what went wrong, what needs to happen, and his own accountability. He didn’t blame Bush.

Now, the watch is truly on his turf.

AnninCA on January 8, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Well feeling better and actually being better are quite different.
He and most of the left have spent years during the last administration to undermine this war on terror as nothing more then a “crime spree” that must be properly handled with the actions of a police officer. Any would-be combatants that we sweep up on the battlefield must be treated as typical American criminal with all the rights granted by our Constitution.
There is no way in hell that this country can gain any grounds in this war when our enemy has all of these advantages provided by us and we do nothing but fight amongst ourselves to gain political ground for one party while tearing down another. You know our enemy doesn’t have these problems.
Obama’s words sound impressive but his actions over the last year tell a completely different story.

Electrongod on January 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM

What buck? That buck borrowed from China? Or, that buck he plans to squeeze out of the average middle-class working stiffs and re-distribute?

joedoe on January 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Dana Perino made some good points about this buck stopping business.
__________________________

Dana Perino
Former White House Press Secretary :

Even when taking full responsibility, the White House can’t help but try to slight Bush, even when their spin is demonstrably false. Just off the top of my head I could think of three instances where Bush did the same and so I include them here. These were all high-profile, prime-time speeches. So there.

From the speech announcing the surge, Jan. 2007: “The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people — and it is unacceptable to me. Our troops in Iraq have fought bravely. They have done everything we have asked them to do. Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me.”

From Jackson Square on Katrina speech, Sept. 2005: “Four years after the frightening experience of September the 11th, Americans have every right to expect a more effective response in a time of emergency. When the federal government fails to meet such an obligation, I, as President, am responsible for the problem, and for the solution. So I’ve ordered every Cabinet Secretary to participate in a comprehensive review of the government response to the hurricane. This government will learn the lessons of Hurricane Katrina….”

From Iraq address to the nation, Dec. 2005: “It is true that many nations believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. But much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As your President, I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq.”

http://tinyurl.com/5qeccs

joedoe on January 8, 2010 at 10:38 AM

With Obama, he spreads out misery. This particular speech was spot on, in my opinion. He finally hit the sweet spot.

I honestly did feel better after hearing him. He sounded as though he “gets” what went wrong, what needs to happen, and his own accountability. He didn’t blame Bush.

Now, the watch is truly on his turf.

AnninCA on January 8, 2010 at 9:52 AM

This would be funny, but I think you are probably actually serious.

In your case Obama was very successful yesterday. He wants you to feel better. But, are you really better off, and safer.

Reality is going to be a bitter pill for you to swallow.

Yoop on January 8, 2010 at 10:42 AM

From Iraq address to the nation, Dec. 2005: “It is true that many nations believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. But much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As your President, I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq.”

http://tinyurl.com/5qeccs

joedoe on January 8, 2010 at 10:38 AM

With the Federal court now charging the Underwear bomber with attempting to use a “weapon of mass destruction”, they will have to define the meaning of a WMD. The Underwear bomber had 80 grams of an explosive material sewed to his underwear but having 80 grams of gunpowder at your home surely doesn’t constitute a WMD. Ammunition reloaders have far more “explosive material” in their possession then 80 grams but that is not a crime. So it must mean that how the material is used labels it a WMD.

Then what about the Iraq war? The left was hellbound to say that Bush never found WMD so the war was unjust on that merit. But Saddam most certainly had more the 80 grams of all kinds of explosive materials in his possession. But even though Saddam possessed materials that could be used as WMD, that in itself is not a crime. But what if these materials fell into the wrong hands?
After the Gulf war in 1991, Saddam became increasingly crippled due to economic sanctions and yearly “No Fly Zone” battles all throughout the 1990′s. By the time we went into Afghanistan in 2002, we learned that these so-called “wrong hands” were walking freely in and out of Iraq for several years prior. Because these “No Fly Zones” were setup to protect the Shi’ites and Kurds from Saddam wanting to persecute them for standing up against him during the Gulf war, these Zones had an unfortunate side effect. It allowed our Jehadist enemy to have a “safe haven” on our behalf and to be a little bit closer to materials that could fall into wrong hands. What to do? Eliminate the “No Fly Zones” would remove the safe haven for our enemy but allow Saddam to retaliate against his own people. Remove Saddam from power would eliminate the “Zones” and allow us to seize control of potential materials that would benefit our enemy.
It looks like Bush “inherited” a mess also and the courts will have to now tell the world what a WMD actually is.

Electrongod on January 8, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Anyone think all these people are working on our security issues today? Or, do you think they all knocked off early so they could make a 3-day weekend of it?

joedoe on January 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM

I always had a different point of view about the Iraqi situation. Sanction after sanction and Saddam just kept thumbing his nose. He was given an ultimatum time and time again. Bush followed through.

joedoe on January 8, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Obama channeling Cheney? Faking it, maybe. We already know Obama can say whatever people want to hear at the moment, with great conviction, but get used to it already: it means very little in real world terms.

el gordo on January 8, 2010 at 4:22 AM

You are being generous, el gordo. It means nothing. Count on him reverting to blaming Bush and apologizing for America very soon.

Extrafishy on January 8, 2010 at 10:51 AM

joedoe on January 8, 2010 at 10:51 AM

I hear you. I find it amazing that this country and others have long term amnesia. To understand the Iraq war would mean that you would have to understand 30 years of history about Saddam and Iraq. History didn’t start on Jan. 20th, 2001 as the MSM will have us believe. Saddam wasn’t a kind, gentle and fair dictator when Bush came to office. It was very unfortunate that Bush “sold” the Iraq war to the world the way he did but that doesn’t negate the real threat of Saddam’s weakened security and loads of materials that he possessed.

Electrongod on January 8, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Fred Thompson nails Obama’s Predictable Response (systemic failure):
1. Hunker Down Mute
2. Say Wrong Thing Infuriating the Public
3. Revised Statement to Please Public Opinion with a Lie

Thompson tags “I am responsible” the most overused words in Washington–what does it mean? Punish CIA Officers who interrogate terrorists AND give a pass to his top appointees who can’t connect dots.

On his own radio show over a month ago, Thompson stated that Obama’s only transparency in government has been to enable terrorism.

Pin the tail on Obama.

maverick muse on January 8, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Couldn’t wait for the Pinkos and World Communists to declare ObamaHitler.

Unilateral declaration of War, etc. etc.

Sir Napsalot on January 8, 2010 at 11:16 AM

“Reagan and W looked you straight in the eye, this douche is always looking sideways.”

Exactly!!! This may seem trivial, but it isn’t. The man NEVER looks straight at the audience, which is giving the impression that he is (a) above it all (b) hiding something (c) not engaged in the topic (d) all of the above

This habit (teleprompter) is VERY annoying and distracting. Is he incapable of at least retaining a few words and then speaking them while looking at the public???? Aargh.

francesca on January 8, 2010 at 11:27 AM

This habit (teleprompter) is VERY annoying and distracting. Is he incapable of at least retaining a few words and then speaking them while looking at the public???? Aargh.

francesca on January 8, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Nope. His handlers will not allow it. They live in mortal fear of what he might say in that two or three seconds, between the em-m-ms and ah-h-hs.

If somebody ever figures out how to hack TOTUS on the fly these people are all toast, because POTUS will read anything that shows up on TOTUS. His brain is not processing what he is reading fast enough to avoid such a disaster.

Yoop on January 8, 2010 at 11:41 AM

The most effective thing would be to wait until all Senators are in the chamber, and then surround the building with the biggest sit-in since the 1960s – and DO NOT LET THE SENATORS LEAVE!

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:07 AM

I was thinking the best thing for America would to not let them in the building.A Walter Williams once said; “Give them each a $1 million to stay home.”A Congress out of session can do no harm.

Dasher on January 8, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I think what he meant was: “When the system fails, it is my responsibility to decide which person or persons to throw under the bus.”

Blacklake on January 8, 2010 at 12:02 PM

C’mon people, it’s only a misplaced “S”.

“The buck stops here.”

“The bucks stop here.”

Eyas on January 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM

…a nation at war, not facing a crime wavespree…

Proof that Obama is just a Manchurian candidate.

And the shocka is Palin pulled his strings???!!!

Sir Napsalot on January 8, 2010 at 12:50 PM

With Obama, he spreads out misery. This particular speech was spot on, in my opinion. He finally hit the sweet spot.

I honestly did feel better after hearing him. He sounded as though he “gets” what went wrong, what needs to happen, and his own accountability. He didn’t blame Bush.

Now, the watch is truly on his turf.

AnninCA on January 8, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Are you really this obtuse? When Obama said the “mistakes” weren’t due to any individual(s) but to the “system”, he was blaming Bush.

ladyingray on January 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Yes, the buck stops with you, President Toonces. But that is a fairly abstract statement of fact, isn’t it?

It’s as if he said, “I take full responsibility for the failure, but do not intend to take any action to fix it.”

He’s the Manchurian Candidate, come to life and in the setting of reality. He is the realization of the Liberal dream of a chastened, punished America. Don’t listen to his words — watch what he does. His actions all tend to the diminishment, embarrassment, and weakening of the United States. How can you say that is not the intended result, when all his actions tend in the same direction? That it’s a coincidence? C’mon!

GTR640 on January 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM

If Obama believed we are at war he would have the Detroit panty bomber sitting in Gitmo right now instead of awaiting civil arrangement in downdown Detroit.

mechkiller_k on January 8, 2010 at 1:34 PM

The most effective thing would be to wait until all Senators are in the chamber, and then surround the building with the biggest sit-in since the 1960s – and DO NOT LET THE SENATORS LEAVE!

cane_loader on January 8, 2010 at 12:07 AM

I believe the rats have tunnels.

riverrat10k on January 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

The conversation about Obama’s performance is whether he CALLS this al-Qaeda thing a “war” or “contingency overseas operations”. The actions are the same though. Drone attacks, special forces attacks, helping other failing countries fight al-Qaeda, patrols, airport (and other) security…

Americans are too concerned about Obama not using the word “war”… very mature conversation indeed.

So he went ahead and called it explicitly a “war”, even though he shouldn’t have (in my opinion). His speech would have been just as good, and probably better, if he didn’t mention that 3-letter word.

AlexB on January 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM

When did he ever care about throwing someone under the bus “Chicago Style”?

Unless it was a very close friend of Michelle who screwed up.

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Only when he stops blaming Bush will the buck stop with him.
Action please.

Badger40 on January 8, 2010 at 5:23 PM

My favorite part was where the intelligence community would NOW follow up All the leads. Not just some of the leads.
So obviously the CIA has been ignoring, passing, short shrifting various and sundry leads all along.
 
Now, here’s a thought: Instead of an undermanned, over managed, handcuffed agency that tries to chase down the plausible/important/emergency leads with best effort and (more often than not) get to the “wet” link at the end, Thanks to the ‘Won’ they get to chase down every stupid, psychophant, raving nut job, jihardi wannabe, that some idiot in the WH basement blanket/bomb emails that somebody’s third cousin’s neighbor heard a rumor about.
 
Yippee!
I’m sending you all to flag@whitehouse.dhimmicrap

Blacksmith8 on January 8, 2010 at 6:53 PM

I have ALWAYS had respect for the president of the U.S. until this worthless poseur!!! Blathering turd!

jgdp on January 8, 2010 at 8:46 PM

I did a seance and contacted Socrates . . . . he said Obama is a bunch of crap warmed over . . . er . . . really not warmed over.

Socrates said the buck stops not only with Obama but that Obama should be bucked as well.

And truly, the buck DID stop with Socrates.

He knows which he speaks.

Sherman1864 on January 9, 2010 at 6:10 AM

At least Obama admits his mistakes.

Grow Fins on January 7, 2010 at 6:33 PM

No, he doesn`t.

And a heap of thanks for the link to Bush. And what if I told you I did not like Bush that much and what he did to the Republican Party?

And what if I remind you that Obama is the guy you elected and is now president?

And what if I asked you how long you guys are gonna keep referring back to Bush anyway. It`s a year now and counting.

And what if I asked you to admit your mistake in electing Obummer to begin with?

And what if I told you Bush wasn`t so great, but he was a helluva lot better than Obummer?

At least Bush did not try to change a Democratic Federal Republic into a socialisme country and violate–I mean really violate and ravage–the Constitution.

And no thanks to your crumby link to youtube, you boob!

Sherman1864 on January 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Way to go ROVIN! You just killed two turds with one hefty stone. I like that comprehensive approach! Must try it myself!

It’d be nice if Ed had mentioned this in the post, since it was almost word for word what she said in her Facebook post.

DrAllecon on January 7, 2010 at 6:29 PM
If Palin’s got a direct link-up to Obambies teleprompter, why didn’t he say “I resign”?

At least Obama admits his mistakes.

Grow Fins on January 7, 2010 at 6:33 PM
Speakin’ of mistakes Finny, have your mommy change those diapers. There stinkin’ up the whole place.

Rovin on January 7, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Sherman1864 on January 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

HE LIES!!!

jgdp on January 10, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Remember whose Buck it is, it’s mine. It is not President Obama or any of dem in D.C., factually they are only entitled to see “my buck” is as a part of my income tax return.

MSGTAS on January 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM

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