The President interrupted his busy schedule of working out while on vacation to make a statement about the attempted terror attack aboard a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas Day. The foiled attack happened 4 days ago. The Commander-in-Chief just got around to making some comments about it today, because, you know, boogie boarding is time-consuming.
And what comments they were. In his wimpiest voice, Obama said that "we will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable." Al Qaeda is shaking in their boots, no? He also said that this was an isolated event, when we know it was not: it was a coordinated al Qaeda terrorist attempt. Further, he called the attempted attack "a serious reminder of the dangers we face."
No mention of "war." No mention of "jihad." No mention of "Islamic terror." And that's because Obama doesn't believe we're in a war against Islamic terrorists who are engaged in a jihad against us. But they certainly believe it.
Meanwhile, the Commander-in-Chief makes his one statement about an attempt that could have killed 300 people on or above U.S. soil--4 days after the fact, and while not wearing a tie.
This latest presidential fiasco comes a day after his Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, said about the foiled attempt, "The system worked." When even fellow Democrats expressed outrage, she backtracked the next day: "The system did not work."
Feel safe and secure with these incompetent boobs in charge?
The al Qaeda attempt to blow up an airplane was not the only national security emergency he spoke about today. The terrorist regime of Iran continues its brutal slaughter of its citizens, as fresh protests challenging the government erupt. This is a moment the United States has been waiting for for 30 years: the Iranian people want to be rid of the terrorist thugs who rule them with an iron Islamic fist, and they are willing to risk jail, torture, and even death to see it happen.
Where is the administration? Gone fishin'. In Hawaii. Here's what Obama said: "We will continue to bear witness to the extraordinary events that are taking place there. And I'm confident that history will be on the side of those who seek justice."
Only he's not one of them. Since the Iranian people began protesting in June, Obama has given them only the mildest words of support, and certainly no material support. He repeated the "bear witness" line again today, as if the President of the United States is a passive observer and not able to influence events. The Iranian people are pro-American and determined to have a responsive, decent government instead of the gang of terrorist murderers currently killing them. And our President is out body-surfing.
This dangerous lack of presidential leadership on national security can be summed up with an event last week. On Christmas Eve, Obama made a statement to the press about the "historic" health care reform that the Democrats had just rammed through the Senate. When he finished speaking, he started to walk away. A member of the press asked if he had a message for the troops for Christmas. Startled, he padded back to the podium and said weakly that he was going to call some of them.
They were an afterthought, mentioned after he talked about his own health care "triumph" and only after he was prompted to say something about them.
After all, he needed to bust outta town, get to Hawaii, and pump iron. Nothing--not al Qaeda, not a new Iranian revolution--would stop the gym rat.