Dec 30 2009
I hate it when I am right on matters of life and death, when the conclusion is we could see a lot more death in our immediate future. I took a lot of heat when President Obama came to office hoping he would succeed. I did this because I knew his failure would have dangerous results. I was more than willing to give him a chance to see the real world behind the security wall and adjust his thinking.
Sadly, in that case I was wrong. If I had my way I would have been right about President Obama growing into the job as President and would have been wrong about the incompetent and radical changes his liberal management team would inflict on our security. But we are were we are.
As the evidence has been trickling out since the nearly successful Christmas Day Massacre on Flight 253 I have seen signs that the liberal mindset rampant in team Obama had made drastic and dangerous changes to our national security efforts. Changes that exposed us to more successful attacks here at home. Attacks that not only include the pure luck miss on this past Christmas day, but includes the tragic Ft Hood massacre earlier this year.
This morning I pondered whatÂ exactly did the Obama administration change inside our national security that could have led to the shut down of the terror task force investigations into Major Nidal Hasan (the Ft Hood Massacre) and which allowed a Nigerian Jihadist to ignite his faulty bomb on Flight 253. In my last post I noted on State Department source – apparently a career professional in my opinion – who noted there were changes in how intelligence dealt with threats who were Muslim.
Now William Kristol has another deep source in the intel community expanding on the changes made by Team Obama, which likely led to the increase success of terrorist attacks here in the USA:
Obama fundamentally altered the culture and risk-taking incentives of the intelligence community with policy and personnel changes. The sense of urgency is gone, and he’s made it uncool to call the war on terror a war at all. If he wants to treat terrorism like a criminal act, rather than an act of war, we should not be surprised when the results look a lot like the bureaucratic foul-ups that happen all the time in law enforcement. He gutted the Homeland Security Council coordinating role, he diluted the focus of the daily intel brief, he made CIA officials worry more about being prosecuted for doing their jobs than capturing terrorists. He’s so worried about the political consequences to his administration of a terrorist attack on our home soil that he denies the obvious — that Major Hasan is a jihadist terrorist — and he wants to shut down GITMO and bring terrorists here. He’s made it his business to turn much of the national security apparatus set up by Bush and Cheney upside down and has succeeded….
On the comparisons to how the shoe bomber was treated, it’s important to note that the shoe bomber was arrested in December 2001. President Bush’s order authorizing detentions of enemy combatants was issued in mid-Nov 2001 and there was scant infrastructure in place or much precedent a month later to hold a terrorist in custody as an enemy combatant. Of course, by 2002 there was GTMO and the CIA program overseas, and President Bush started designating terrorists as enemy combatants, including Jose Padilla (a US citizen), al-Marri, and detainees at GTMO. Most important…I bet that if the administration had thought the shoe bomber had more information to provide under interrogation, President Bush would not have hesitated to order the Justice Dept to have the criminal charges dismissed and designate him as an enemy combatant. Will Obama take that step if his investigators tell him that’s the only way to get more info from Abdulmutallab? The point is that we’re eight years down the road from 9/11 and the shoe bomber, and Obama refuses to use the authority he has to get the intelligence we need.
I am not at all surprised at these revelations, and I expect many more to start cascading out of the career intel circles now that we have a horrible pattern of missteps by Team Obama. What we desperately need right now is an investigation into all the changes made by Team Obama so we can undo the damage and lower our risk to future ‘human created disasters’ – a.k.a. terrorist attack.
What we have reaped is two terrorists now hiding behind their Miranda rights and lawyered up. Whatever information they have that could lead to future attacks is now hidden to us.
Team Obama and the Democrats know a very inconvenient fact of the federal bureaucracy. All the changes made in personnel and policy are recorded in memos and documents throughout the intelligence community. If we start there we can unravel the damage done.