Thursday, December 31, 2009

President Obama is not instilling that warm and fuzzy feeling

One Year In, The Overwhelming Focus On Matters Other Than National Security Leaves Us Less Safe Than Under President Bush

More popular as a country under this "leader" maybe, less feared perhaps and certainly not more safe. Viewed as weaker, as a caterer to all things left and an appeaser par excel lance. A great speechmaker, but not a great mover of world leaders to his point of view.

The direction and fate of the country is his now. No more of the crap about the country that he inherited. No more being able to place the failings of his administration at the door of the Bush administration. The intelligence gathering operation that led to a near tragedy over the skies of Detroit are courtesy of Mr. Obama, and his weak, inept, soft, misguided domesticentric (newly coined) administration.

While great speech early on helped to sway an American public more than willing to be swayed, that game is over. As the numbers below clearly show, after an early bump after inauguration due to popular belief that being more popular in the world would translate into being more secure, the American public feels less safe now than during the Bush administration. The statement made by Obama regarding the attempted plane bombing illustrates that he has no clear idea as to how to make the country a more secure place, and that as many knew during the campaign, he is in way over his head. And the United States will pay the price:


(NY Times) “...A systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable,” Mr. Obama said.
He said he had ordered government agencies to give him a preliminary report on Thursday about what happened and added that he would “insist on accountability at every level,” although he did not elaborate..."


The accountability Mr. President, begins and ends with you. Not with government appointed scapegoats!








Who is Winning the War on Terror?
Dates
US/Allies
Terrorists
Dec 29
36%
30%
Dec 6-7
42%
28%
Oct 28-29
34%
29%
Sep 30-Oct 1
43%
25%
Aug 29-30
42%
25%
Aug 1-2
48%
21%
Jul 1
48%
19%
Jun 11-12
49%
22%
May 24-25
52%
18%
May 9 & 11
46%
25%
Apr 25-26
42%
28%
Apr 11-12
50%
22%
Mar 28-29
46%
19%
Mar 12-13
51%
21%
Feb 20-21
47%
23%
Feb 4-5
62%
14%
Jan 21-22
55%
18%
Jan 13-14
53%
17%
Jan 5-6, 2009
47%
23%
Dec 15-16
46%
24%
Dec 3-4
47%
27%
Nov 18-19
52%
20%
Nov 11
60%
15%
Nov 4
52%
19%
Oct 6
52%
19%
Sep 29
55%
21%
Sept 8
54%
20%
Sept 1
47%
20%
Aug 25
54%
19%
Aug 18
50%
19%
Aug 11
51%
20%
Aug 4
48%
21%
Jul 28
50%
21%
Jul 21
51%
16%
Jul 14
48%
20%
Jul 7
46%
23%
Jun 30
42%
26%
Jun 9
43
24
Jun 2
42
24
May 9-10
39
27
Apr 16-17
45
24
Mar 24-25
47
20
Feb 29-Mar 2
46
22
Feb 1-3
49
23
Jan 2-3, 2008
43
25
Jan 3-4, 2007
33
36


Article from New York Homeland Security at Examiner.com

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Terrorism Can't Happen In My Backyard, Right?

Can't Happen In The United States Anymore Because The War on Terror Has Been Won

At least that was the opinion of 61% of Americans who were polled just a couple of weeks before the botched Christmas attack on a Northwest Airlines flight into Detroit. Short memories, or out of sight out of mind is the American rule of thumb for crisis management. At least that is what the bad guys count on.



September 11 occurred a very short time ago, particularly in the timeframe utilized by our patient enemy. While we view a year or two of no incidents as "proof" that the war on terror has been won, this is merely hibernation by an enemy for whom time has no meaning.

Reading the papers or watching the news from around the world and seeing the bombings or planned bombings that were fortunately thwarted, the average American views it as if it was all happening in another galaxy. As if by some divine right we will be immune to the irrational hatred that the jihadist holds for anyone who does not share their beliefs or way of life.

Unfortunately the outlet for this hatred is the senseless killing and mutilation of innocent men, women and children whose only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, anywhere in the world.

It's Not Just Afghanistan We Need To Worry About


While Afghanistan and countries in the Gulf have been the source for much of the army of terrorists, there are unfortunately other sources as well. There are countries like Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen that open up new fronts in the war on terror. Poor countries that are prime incubators for the young men who are radicalized by their religious leaders and taught the ways of jihad. The internet is another conduit through which those out of physical range can still be indoctrinated. Then we have what may pose one of the greatest threats of all, the homegrown terrorists from the United States and Britain who are radicalized within their own countries, perhaps trained somewhere else, but who face none of the border restrictions that one from some of the afore mentioned countries might face when trying to re-enter their countries.

The Actual Greatest Threat

Perhaps though, what was mentioned before may not be the greatest threat of all, at least here in the United States. We have a  two-headed threat, neither of which is a direct creator of violence. But both very dangerous.

First, is the perceived, though in reality real, weakness that is portrayed by Barack Obama. Countries and groups feel as if they can act with impunity, because all indications to this point seem to say that they are right. George Bush was not liked around the world, and not liked by many at home because he was viewed as somewhat of a loose cannon. In other words, the potential for his threats being carried out were real and feared. He spoke what was on his mind, and that included a strong United States, and a safe United States. He did the job key to a President. Protection of our country and our people.

George Bush was certainly not the best orator, but for some reason he was able to make his point crystal clear. Screw with the United States, and you will pay. Barack Obama on the other hand, is a fantastic speaker. The problem is that no one can be certain what it is that he is actually saying, or what his intentions are. He is not a strong leader, and the world knows this all too well from situations like his procrastination for weeks and weeks on a troops decision in Afghanistan.

The second threat comes from inside the United States, and it comes from some individual citizens, some legislators as well as from groups like the ACLU. The entire populace needs to gain the mentality that it is us against them, and that the them does not play by any rules.

President Obama, in one of his speeches, said that if we fight on the level of the enemy, then we are no better than the enemy. The actual point is that if we fight along the lines of the Geneva Convention, while our enemy follows no rules, we will be destined to lose! The aversion to things like racial profiling, body scanning at the airports, wire taps or any surveillance techniques that may push the envelope  needs to be replaced by the understanding that this is for our survival against an enemy that will not quit until they reach their goal. Our destruction.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Amazing photo of the couple that was able to sneak into the White House

Photo of the couple able to sneak into the White House with absolutely no credentials.

How did this happen?


Monday, December 28, 2009

The Airline Security System Worked In The Near Tragedy Over Detroit?

So Goes The Thinking Of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano



(AP) — WASHINGTON - "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says investigators did not have enough information to keep a terror suspect from boarding a flight bound for Detroit and that the system worked as it should have..."


Only if by the system working she means that we were lucky that the trigger to the bomb malfunctioned. Beyond that not much had worked. Let's take a look at some of the red flags you might assume would have kept this man not only off of a flight bound for the United States, but any flights period. 

The suicide bomber was on the terror watch list but not on the no-fly list
His father had warned the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria of the potential danger of his radicalized son
Intelligence determined the would be bomber had ties to al-Qaeda
The U.K. allegedly turned him down for a visa and the U.S. granted him one
He had no reservation
Paid cash for the ticket
He purchased a one-way ticket
He had no luggage

If this was a test of the system by the bad guys to see how inept and porous the system is, the world failed with flying colors!

You make the call.

President Obama: What A Difference A Year Makes


A Look Back At The Year That Was

As I opined during the presidential elections and after, now President Obama was as they say in Lotto speak, elected on a dollar and a dream. The dollar was the record amount raised through an internet campaign for donations that worked to a T. The dream was experienced by all of the citizens that voted for him hoping that the allegations from the right were just that. The hope was that he was not just an inexperienced liberal senator who ran as the not-Bush candidate. All of his nicks and cuts, some rather large, were for the most part ignored by an electorate taken in by rhetoric and the smoothly spoken word.

Here we are, almost one year later, and this President is experiencing low approval from the country. A little buyers remorse you might say as the dissatisfaction with his performance comes from both the right and the left. As the polling data below shows, it has been a slippery slope down from the euphoria of inauguration time to where we sit today.

The lesson to be learned is that people need to be careful what they wish for, because CHAGE for CHANGE sake without really knowing what it is you are getting yourself into, can sometimes be as bad as the status quo.

It is now time for President Obama to set his agenda and priorities on what the country really needs at this point. True economic stimulus and jobs creation for all of the federal money that is being spent, as well as the strong national security that the country needs to have. As the cherry on top, perhaps a return to our standing as the worlds superpower.




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