links for 2009-12-28

  • That's right, former governor and U.S. senator George Allen said today that he is thinking pretty seriously about public office, including a possible rematch against Democrat Jim Webb, who defeated Allen in 2006 by fewer than 10,000 votes.

    It's so thrilling we can hardly type. Allen's been out and about quite a lot lately, prompting lots of gossip about his political plans. Turns out he might have some. Here's the money quote, which he offered when asked about a rematch:

    "Many people have encouraged me to run," Allen said in a telephone interview. "Susan and I have heard that from many people. And the answer is: perhaps."

  • The leading Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today said blame for allowing an al Qaeda bomber to board a US-bound flight with deadly explosives on Christmas day lay with a number of foreign governments and US policy makers, but he pointed his finger at the Obama administration for taking its eye off the threat from terrorism abroad.

    “I think there’s enough blame to go around here, the bottom line is we ended up with a bomb on a plane with a detonator ready to go off — that’s totally unacceptable. There’s probably failures at every step of the way, in Nigeria, in the Netherlands, and in the overall procedures,” Ranking Member Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., said in an interview with ABC News.

  • FAILED plane bomber Umar Abdulmutallab has bragged to FBI agents that there are more young men plotting to launch attacks on the West.

    The 23-year-old Nigerian has told security chiefs of a sinister network in Yemen who are ready and waiting to strike.

    The reports come after The Sun revealed that cops fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners.

    The fanatics, in five groups, are now training at secret terror camps in Yemen.
    How about a pre-emptive strike in Yemen, Mr President?

  • Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Northwest bombing in a Monday statement that vowed more attacks on Americans.
    American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an "art therapy rehabilitation program" and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials.

    Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari, were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody. Al-Harbi has since changed his name to Muhamad al-Awfi.

13 thoughts on “links for 2009-12-28

  1. @3 Uhhh Yeah the Obama Administration has done a great job protecting us from Yemeni extremists – NOT.

    But, maybe this is a wake-up call for the golfing President.

  2. What does Bush have to do with anything? Remember he has not been President for almost a year now.

    Obama Administration asleep at the switch and the President is phoning it in. But, what do you expect from a politician who voted “present” about 130 times?

    BHO had better fire “Big Sis.” He cannot blame Bush for this screw up. But, wait he might try…..

  3. You only seemed to have a problem with a President going on vacation when they are a Democrat. You would defend Bush and be critical of the current President for the exact same thing. I can’t wait for your post on how some of the suspected people behind this attack were let go by Bush/Cheney.

  4. Obama and his Administration have dropped the ball and now you are trying to blame it on Bush?

    If you look above you will see a link to how some Al Qaeda leaders were let go in 2007.

    But, remember that it is Obama who wants to close Gitmo and Obama is the President NOW.

    And…. even Obama admits his failure:

    President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the intelligence community had bits of information that should have been pieced together that would have triggered “red flags” and possibly prevented the Christmas Day attempted terror attack on a Detroit-bound airliner.

    “There was a mix of human and systemic failures that contributed to this potential catastrophic breach of security,” Obama said.

  5. Again you dodge. This isn’t about Bush this about your ODS.

    Bush didn’t say anything for days as he was on vacation and you are silent. Obama does react and takes some responsibility and you go after him.

    You are right Bush did let terrorists go. Nice for you to finally admit that massive failure to convict them. Closing Gitmo isn’t the same as letting them go like Bush did.

  6. Do you not agree that President Obama is TOTALLY responsible for the national security lapses that almost resulted in a disastrous loss of life in Detroit?

    If not, why not?

    And, did you know that less than two weeks ago the Obama Administration repatriated to Yemen six Gitmo detainees? Maybe we should Stop Releasing Terrorists

    What do you think?

  7. Flap,

    I think Bush did a fine job of convicting the show bomber and not overreacting. I also think it is funny you won’t comment that Bush is the president that released the terrorists that were involved in this plot.

    According to your logic Bush was totally at fault for the shoe bomber. I don’t see it that way.

  8. Of course, Bush is responsible for the 2007 release of those terrorists and why NO MORE should be released. The ones in GITMO are to most dangerous ones. Likewise, Obama should NOT close Gitmo and should not release any more – period.

    Obama has been President for over a year. He is responsible for this national security breach, even if you continue to ignore his culpability.

  9. Flap,

    By your logic Bush was to blame for 9/11 and the show bomber.

    Add to that you are infuriated that Obama didn’t fly back to DC but you were silent when Bush was silent and we can see a pattern with you. It only matters what party someone is, not what they do.

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