Another Terrorist Attack, Another Tepid Speech

Following are excerpts from The President’s first statement on the Christmas Day terrorist attack on a civilian Airliner, given the third day after the event.

On Christmas Day, Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was en route from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit. As the plane made its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a passenger allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device on his body, setting off a fire.

Allegedly? With dozens of eye-witnesses why must the President be so politically correct?  Does it have to be proven in court before he can admit something actually happened?

Thanks to the quick and heroic actions of passengers and crew, the suspect was immediately subdued, the fire was put out, and the plane landed safely.

Apparently the passengers and crew were the “system” Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano said “worked” during a Sunday TV interview.

The suspect is now in custody and has been charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft.  A full investigation has been launched into this attempted act of terrorism, and we will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable.

If only I had a dime for every time I’ve heard a political promise of a “full investigation.”

Since I was first notified of this incident, I’ve ordered the following actions to be taken to protect the American people and to secure air travel.First, I directed that we take immediate steps to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

If there are steps to take, shouldn’t they have been taken already?

We made sure that all flights still in the air were secure and could land safely.

If “we” means Obama, his administration, the federal bureaucracy, the how could “we” possibly do that?  How can anyone on the ground ensure the security and safety of a plane in the air?  The President just admitted it was untrained, volunteer passengers and cabin crew who secured plane this terrorist tried to blow up!

I’ve directed my national security team to keep up the pressure on those who would attack our country.

What does this mean?  We’re they about to curtail “the pressure?”

We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland.

But this President has already reduced or eliminated key “elements,” resulting in this terrorist being handled in the least effective way possible.  There is no Constituitonal or legal requirement to treat this terrorist as a civilian “suspect” of a civilian crime rather than a foreign, enemy combatant, taken prisoner as he was engaged in an act of war.  An enemy combatant can be interrogated immediately and for as long as it takes to draw out useful information.  A civilian “suspect” has the right to an attorney, who has the right to terminate interrogation.  The “suspect” has already lawyered up.

Following 9-11 the most useful intelligence our agencies acquired, intelligence that enabled them to prevent additional attacks, came from interrogation of captured enemy combatants.

Finally, the American people should remain vigilant, but also be confident. Those plotting against us seek not only to undermine our security, but also the open society and the values that we cherish as Americans. This incident, like several that have preceded it, demonstrates that an alert and courageous citizenry are far more resilient than an isolated extremist.

The word “resilient” doesn’t really fit.  It seems to be an attempt to sell us on the notion that because some of the passengers and cabin crew had the strength and quick reactions to disable the terrorist before he could successfully detonate his bomb the rest of us should be resilient and “confident.”

The Bottom Line

It’s hard to shake the perception that President Obama is out of touch with reality.

2 Comments so far

  1. Matt on December 29th, 2009

    I think this is yet another example of the empty suit in DC…oops, Hawaii, making an empty speech, full of empty words.

  2. Drew on December 30th, 2009

    Has anyone seen a credible explanation of why the explosive burned rather than explode?