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by Linda Chavez at

Clueless. It’s the word that best describes the Obama administration’s first year in office. They’ve proven themselves clueless about creating jobs; clueless about handling growing nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea; and now, most devastatingly, clueless about protecting Americans from terrorist attacks on our own soil. And with nearly one year under the belts, they can’t keep blaming the Bush administration for everything that goes awry.

It is hard to imagine a more incompetent handling of the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. jetliner. First, the commander in chief was too busy enjoying his vacation in Hawaii to do much more than issue platitudinous assurances that he was “actively monitoring” the incident, while dispersing White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the weekend talk shows to downplay the significance of the event.

When the news media began uncovering evidence that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was exactly who he claimed to be when taken into custody — a terrorist tied to an al-Qaida network in Yemen — the administration began backtracking on its earlier statements that the incident was not part of a larger terrorist plot and that “the system worked.” But it took the president three days to appear before the American public to insist on a thorough investigation. By that time, everyone knew that the would-be suicide bomber’s own father had alerted U.S. intelligence officials of his son’s threat to American security. But the warnings didn’t keep Abdulmutallab off a jetliner headed to the United States.

Even the words the president used in his press conference Dec. 28 suggest how clueless he is. He described Abdulmutallab as a “passenger (who) allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device,” repeatedly referring to Abdulmutallab in his comments as a “suspect.” These are the weasel words we use when talking about ordinary criminals, which is no accident. The Obama administration’s anti-terrorism philosophy is to treat terrorist attacks like criminal actions, not acts of war.


January 2, 2010 Posted by | Obama | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

More trouble in Obamatopia

#TCOT #diggcons

You might have read my post the other day outlining a few sore spots that were rearing their heads in Obama’s transition.

Well, it’s starting to look like every time the President-elect and his team douse one fire, two or more flare up in its place.  He managed to dodge, at least for the time being, the bullet with scandals involving Bill Richardson and his buddy Blago.  Since then though, it’s been anything but smooth sailing.

You might recall one of Obama’s oft repeated campaign promises was to close the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).  I mean, it was just plain awful that bloodthirsty terrorists were locked up in a place so dismal!  Today, CNN reports Obama plans to issue the order to close the detention center as early as his first week in office.  We still don’t know what will happen to the current residents, but they’re not being treated as the President-elect believes Allah-fearing bloodthirsty killers should be so he’s going to close it down.

Not long after the Obama camp reiterated its intentions to close the facility, the Pentagon released a report showing at least 61 former residents (who seem to have the President-elect’s sympathy) have returned to terrorism since their release.

Not good news for The Smooth Talker from Chicago/Hawaii/Kenya/?????.  He may have pinned himself in a corner on this one.  He’ll infuriate his liberal supporters who feel sorry for murderous savages intent on our country’s destruction if he doesn’t close it, but if he does and one of them is released and straps a bomb to himself and kills a bunch of innocents everyone else will be madder than Hell.

That’s not the only trouble he has in the making.

His buddy Blago put him in another tight spot by defying Obama and other Democratic leader when he appointed Roland Burris to fill Illinois’ vacant Senate seat.  The President-elect came out against seating Burris, but later changed his mind when it looked like other alternatives might lead to the seat being filled by a Republican.  He then twisted the arm of other Dems who had stated early on that any appointment by Blago “would not stand.” 

Then today, it’s reported that Burris may have himself taken more than a million dollars in illegal campaign contributions in his 2002 gubernatorial campaign.  Putting his neck on the line (or trying to implement Chicago style politics in DC?) to keep this seat may prove to be a huge mistake if anything comes of this.

Not finished yet.  There’s still more trouble brewing in Obamatopia.

Now even Congressional Democrats aren’t so sure they trust Obama with the last $350 billion from TARP, the huge bailout passed by the Democratic Congress to help big banks, other financial companies, and the auto industry.  With bipartisan support to block the issuing of this gigantic bundle of money after the first $350 billion has done virtually nothing to turn the economy around, Obama’s first move as President may be to use his veto power against members of his own party (you remember, all those who honored him as if he were a God the last couple of months.)

That should set a great tone for this Democratic President to work with both houses of Congress in the hands of his own party.

Surely that’s all the troubles he has, right?  Not quite.

It was also reported today that Obama’s pick to lead the Treasury Department, Timothy Geithner, thought he could get away without paying self-employment taxes for a few years.  Of course the Obama team and Geithner explain it as a misunderstanding, but that’s just as bad.  Do we really want someone who doesn’t know if he has to pay self-employment tax running the Treasury Department?  That wasn’t Geithner’s only lapse, though.  Apparently he also employed a housekeeper who was here illegally for a few months.  (Wait a minute, isn’t that what forced Linda Chavez and Zoe Baird to withdraw their names from consideration for a Cabinet post?)

Remember all the talk about a smooth transition a while back?

Right.  Perhaps putting a Chicago politician in the White House wasn’t such a grea idea after all.


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