May 10 2010
Hold the presses! The United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, has made a mind boggling discovery this past week and he went on the Sunday morning talk shows to share this historic insight with the American people:
Mr. Holder acknowledged the abrupt shift of tone, characterizing the administrationâ€™s stance as a â€œnew priorityâ€ and â€œbig newsâ€ in an appearance on NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Press.â€
â€œWeâ€™re now dealing with international terrorists,â€ he said, …
Just amazing – who would have thought 10 years after 9-11 and nearly 20 years after the first bombing incident at the World Trade Center in NY City that this very important discovery would finally be uncovered by this young and inexperienced administration? Should we all now applaud – or weep?
In fact, what AG Holder did this weekend was a backhanded and lame effort to acknowledge this administration’s approach to national security has been a bloody (no pun intended) disaster. They have finally realized that the Taliban and al Qaeda fascists in Pakistan and Afghanistan are really serious about destroying the West:
The conclusion that Mr. Shahzad was involved in an international plot appeared to come from investigations that began after his arrest and interrogation, including inquiries into his links with the Taliban in Pakistan.
â€œWe know that they helped facilitate it,â€ Mr. Holder said of the Times Square bombing attempt. â€œWe know that they helped direct it. And I suspect that we are going to come up with evidence which shows that they helped to finance it. They were intimately involved in this plot.â€
Mr. Brennan [the President's antiterrorism advisor] appeared to say even more definitively than Mr. Holder did that the Taliban in Pakistan had provided money as well as training and direction.
â€œHe was trained by them,â€ Mr. Brennan said. â€œHe received funding from them. He was basically directed here to the United States to carry out this attack.â€
He added: â€œWe have good cooperation from our Pakistani partners and from others. Weâ€™re learning more about this incident every day.
From what I am seeing from Holder, as he now agrees Mirandizing terrorists caught attempting mass murder inside the US is not a great idea, is the dawning of reality. After years of claiming law enforcement can stop Islamo Fascist warfare from reaching our shores, Holder is now all about fixing law enforcement because it ain’t working all that great. Why not just admit we are at war and we don’t go to war with judges and lawyers on point? Doh!
Mark Steyn really nails the whole mess playing out in DC with this blistering review of the incompetence on display in DC. Some exceptionally biting excerpts:
Last year, not one but two â€œterrorism task forcesâ€ discovered that U.S. Army psychiatrisat Nidal Hasan was in regular e-mail contact with the American-born, Yemeni-based cleric Ayman al-Awlaki but concluded that this was consistent with the majorâ€™s â€œresearch interests,â€ so there was nothing to worry about. A few months later, Major Hasan gunned down dozens of his comrades while standing on a table shouting â€œAllahu Akbar!â€ That was also consistent with his â€œresearch interests,â€ by the way. A policy of relying on stupid jihadists to screw it up every time will inevitably allow one or two to wiggle through. Hopefully not on a nuclear scale.
And, whenever the marshmallow illusions are momentarily discombobulated, the entire political-media class rushes forward to tell us that the thwarted killer was a â€œlone wolf,â€ an â€œisolated extremist.â€ According to Mayor Bloomberg a day or two before Shahzadâ€™s arrest, the most likely culprit was â€œsomeone who doesnâ€™t like the health-care billâ€ (that would be me, if your SWAT teamâ€™s at a loose end this weekend). Even after Shahzadâ€™s arrest, the Associated Press, CNN, and theÂ Washington Post attached huge significance to the problems the young jihadist had had keeping up his mortgage payments. Just as, after Major Hasan, the â€œexpertsâ€ effortlessly redefined â€œpost-traumatic stress disorderâ€ to apply to a psychiatrist whoâ€™d never been anywhere near a war zone, so now the housing market is the root cause of terrorism: Subprime terrorism is a far greater threat to America than anything to do with certain words beginning with I- and ending in -slam.
Incidentally, one way of falling behind with your house payments is to take half a year off to go to Pakistan and train in a terrorist camp. Perhaps Congress could pass some sort of jihadist housing credit?
This well deserved derision comes about because the liberal fools in the Obama administration had a elementary-school-level grasp of what it takes to defend this great country. They thought ‘how hard could it be’? It works so well on TV!
Three successful attacks later (two of which only failed due to faulty detonators) and team Obama is cheering its successes. This transcript of Holder on ABC’s This Week is particularly nauseating:
HOLDER: Well, there certainly was a bit of that, but I think also one has to look at the overall operation. He was stopped before he was able to leave the country [AJStrata: but after depositing is WMD] because of a notification that the FBI made to put him on the no-fly list. We also had vigilant citizens who looked at that vehicle that he left and saw the smoke coming out and notified the appropriate authorities.
This was, in some ways, I think, a good example of what an aroused American populace, coupled with a vigilant law enforcement community, can actually do.
I wonder how well AG Holder will support the ‘aroused’ American populace this fall, as they head to the voting booth to begin rolling back our young president’s mistakes and missteps?Â Or how about this truly moronic interchange:
TAPPER: OK, Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud of the Pakistani — Pakistani Taliban appeared in a video last month saying the time is very near when a Fedayeen, or soldiers, will attack the American states in the major cities. At the time that he issued that warning, U.S. policymakers didn’t think the Pakistani Taliban had the ability to reach into the United States. They were, obviously, wrong?
HOLDER: Well, I’m not sure that we didn’t think they had that ability. We didn’t think that necessarily was their aim. We certainly have seen with the Shahzad incident that they have not only the aim, but the capability of doing that. And that’s why they have taken on, I think, a new significance in our anti-terror fight.
What kind of idiot dismisses an open threat of pending attack by using the rationale ‘we did not think they meant what they said”? Is this not an admission of total incompetence? The man should be fired for this kind of foolish thinking! You mean the Taliban and al Qaeda really do want to murder Americans in mass numbers? Whodathunkit!
At one point Holder was accidentally enlightening (and damning of this administration’s effort):
TAPPER: Shahzad was on a Treasury Department watch list since the late 1990s for bringing large sums of cash into this country. He was taken off that watch list. Did the U.S. government drop the ball?
HOLDER: No, I don’t think so. I think we have done a good job in monitoring those people who we need to identify as potential threats to the, you know, government, and I think one has to understand that in connection with the — the resolution of this plot, American law enforcement I think was very successful.
Emphasis mine. What a strange and contorted statement? One supposedly well rehearsed for this weekend’s marathon propaganda push. Was the government limiting its surveillance to potential threats to the government and ignoring threats to the American people? How could letting another mad jihadist train for months in Pakistan and successfully park a massive explosive in Times Square be called ‘very successful’? Is this man mentally all there?
Team Obama has established enough prima facia evidence of criminal incompetence and neglect with the three terrorist attacks that slipped by their legal-eagle eyes in just one short year in office. When a new Congress is seated next year, priority one has to be investigating the madness inside this administration that now goes for ‘national security’. Right now we are not a nation secured, we are a nation exposed to death and harm by the incompetent decisions of a few left-wing zealots in DC.