Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Must Read: "Human IEDs" (UPDATED)

Professor Victor Davis Hanson offers up some strong words and predictions in light of the Christmas Day Terror attempt:

"I think we will see some radical changes from the Obama administration very rapidly. When a Nigerian national, with a history of radical Islamic sympathies, previously reported to U.S. authorities by his father as a threat to America, buys a one-way ticket with cash, has no check-in luggage, previously was denied a British visa, boards a plane easily, and is prevented only by a courageous tourist from murdering over 300 innocents — and when all that is characterized as the system working like “clockwork” — well, something is terribly wrong"

Among his predictions:

"I think KSM’s trial will be Guantanamoized — that is, relegated to occasional boilerplate anti-Bush partisan rhetoric with little real follow-up — since in the present climate a circus trial would be political suicide."

The administration has been on a long march towards political suicide since January.  I am not as hopeful as VDH that Obama will now start to turn things around - Obama's world-view is so strangely different than most Americans' - but I'll hope that he's correct. 

UPDATE: From HotAir just minutes ago:

"This is the sound of Barack Obama’s policy of closing Guantanamo Bay coming to a screeching halt:

The senior Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee wants no more Guantanamo Bay detainees released to Yemen in the wake of a Christmas day terrorist attack hatched in that country.
“Guantanamo detainees should not be released to Yemen at this time,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “It is too unstable." . . .

Obama could afford to ignore McCain, and perhaps Lieberman as well.  He can’t afford to ignore Feinstein.  While she trends more hawkish than many of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, she doesn’t have the same kind of gadfly status of Lieberman or even Ben Nelson.  She’s no Scoop Jackson, which makes this statement even more compelling, and even more problematic for Obama."

Maybe things will start to change rapidly - now that the adults have awaken from their slumber . . .

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