Now You See It (the System Working), Now You Don’t
posted at 11:50 am on December 29, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
Ed Morrissey has been covering Janet Napolitano’s on-again, off-again view of the administration’s and Homeland Security’s success or lack thereof in reacting to the Christmas Day failed terrorist act. What makes this continuing drama risible, not to mention beside the point, is that neither Napolitano’s nor Obama’s view of the events changes the immutable realities, which are:
- That Abdulmuttalab meant to murder the passengers on the Delta flight he was on and anyone on the ground in the general vicinity of the approaching flight, and
- That America — and, indirectly, the Obama administration — lucked out in that the explosives failed. (Consider Obama’s likely approval ratings change had the attack succeeded on “his watch,” after 7 years of vigilance under the Bush administration.)
Another reality that is inescapable is the patent falsity of Obama’s claim (upon finally making a statement) that the government is doing everything in its power to keep the homeland safe. Everything in its power would not include reading Abdulmuttalab his Miranda rights and permitting him to lawyer up within minutes of his capture. On the contrary, when a combatant is captured on the battlefield — as he was — he should be considered a critical resource, as was the case during the Bush years. Abdulmuttalab should immediately have been isolated and questioned on details of the operation, who else was involved, and what other plans are in the works.
A final reality is that Obama and his attorney general are systematically leading the country toward, not away from, another attack on the Homeland. The longer they remain in denial, the greater that likelihood becomes.
We all lived through one 9/11. No one needs another one to prove Obama wrong.