Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Toby Harnden: "Barack Obama Gets An 'F' For Protecting Americans"


"There is no more solemn duty for an American commander-in-chief than the martialling of  “all elements of American power” – the phrase Obama himself used on Monday – to protect the people of the United States. In that key respect, Obama failed on Christmas Day, just as President George W. Bush failed on September 11th (though he succeeded in the seven years after that).

Yes, the buck stops in the Oval Office. Obama may have rather smugly given himself a “B+” for his 2008 performance but he gets an F for the events that led to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarding a Detroit-bound plane in Amsterdam with a PETN bomb sewn into his underpants.  He said today that a “systemic failure has occurred”. Well, he’s in charge of that system.

The picture we’re getting is more and more alarming by the hour. Here are some key elements to consider:"

Here's Harnden's key element #4:

"In his studied desire to be the unBush by responding coolly to events like this, Obama is dangerously close to failing as a leader. Yes, it is good not to shoot from the hip and make broad assertions without the facts. But Obama took three days before speaking to the American people, emerging on Monday in between golf and tennis games in Hawaii to deliver a rather tepid address that significantly underplayed what happened."

But be sure to read the whole thing.

Doing everything "opposite from Bush" is just dumb leadership.  Especially since Obama has placed the blame upon faulty Bush airport security procedures.  Well sir, if those security procedures were so bad, why didn't your administration change them?  You've had a year.  And multiple warnings.  And enough resources.  Apparently all you lacked was guts, brains and concern for the safety of the American people.  You fail.

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