It’s been remarkable to see Obama progress from silence, to clinical discussion of the “alleged terror suspect,” to passing the blame for this incident onto nameless, faceless forces and procedures. It’s true, there probably are many failures of procedure, imagination, and courage in the events that led up to the Christmas terror attack in which a Nigerian terrorist, revealed as such to the CIA by his own father, boarded a plane and was thwarted only by providence and a passenger that leaped across the middle row to subdue him.
Does this guy ever realize that he’s not on the outside looking in, “speaking truth to power?” The people in charge of these procedures are his people and ultimately him. The persistence of these policies is a consequence of his own lack of leadership. And these failures are a product of the continued schizophrenic attempt to fight terrorism while assuaging the tender feelings of the prickly Muslim community–a high wire act that Obama himself performed by advising us all not to jump to conclusions in the case of Major Nidal Hasan’s mass murder last month.
This guy is a terrible leader, stumbling, weak, a bit lazy, alienated, confused, and devoid of any sense of personal responsibility for the most important job he has as president: protecting the lives of the American people from its enemies.