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Obama looks for 'do-over' on terror response

By Ben Pershing
President Obama may have returned from Hawaii Monday, but the holiday break truly ends Tuesday, as the White House hosts gatherings on two vital fronts -- terrorism and health care.

"Hit for being too slow and diffident in his initial response to the Christmas Day terror plot," Politico writes, Obama "is hoping for a do-over Tuesday" as "the White House is trying to project an air of decisive action by the president, on an issue where the stakes couldn't be higher." Obama meets Tuesday with his security team to discuss the reviews he has ordered on airline security and passenger screening. At the gathering, the Associated Press writes, "Obama will get updates on the investigation from [Robert] Mueller, on the prosecution from [Eric] Holder and on the review of terrorist detection techniques from [Janet] Napolitano. [John] Brennan will update the president on his own review of the system of watch lists and outline his initial findings. Agency heads will comment on their internal reviews."

Some of what Obama plans to announce is already out: "The Obama administration has transferred dozens of names from a broad terrorism database to watch lists that are more closely monitored," the Wall Street Journal reports. ABC News says that "dozens of people" were added to the Selectee List, "approximately 16,000 individuals who require more stringent screening before they are permitted to board an airplane," while a "relatively small" number of additional names were added to the No-Fly List. Byron York writes that the Detroit plot was "a head-on collision between Barack Obama's soaring rhetoric and the reality of terrorism." Michael Kinsley makes the case for why Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should get a criminal trial: "We have nothing to be ashamed of, little to fear and much to be proud of in choosing to err on the side of treating captured foreign terrorists as we would treat any upstanding American who tried to blow up an airplane full of people."

Also on the White House radar, the Washington Post writes that "the suicide bomber who killed seven CIA operatives in Afghanistan last week was a Jordanian informant who lured intelligence officers into a trap by promising new information about al-Qaeda's top leadership." The Los Angeles Times adds that the revelation "suggests a new level of sophistication in Al Qaeda's efforts to retaliate against" the CIA. Beyond that, the New York Times reports, the attack "dealt a devastating blow to the spy agency's operations against militants in the remote mountains of Afghanistan, eliminating an elite team using an informant with strong jihadi credentials. The attack further delayed hope of penetrating Al Qaeda's upper ranks, and also seemed potent evidence of militants' ability to strike back against their American pursuers.

The New York Times looks at America's "relationship with the president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has filled his government with numerous members of his family and who wants to ensure that his son Ahmed succeeds him." Time writes that Obama's "substantial policy positions have proven to be remarkably similar to those of the second-term, chastened-by-reality George W. Bush."

On health care, Bloomberg writes what has looked apparent for weeks: "Democrats will likely drop the idea of setting up a new government-run insurance program as they try to quickly resolve differences between House and Senate health-care bills." There are plenty of differences between the two chambers beyond just the public option; a detailed list can be found here. Roll Call notes that "Democrats are looking to minimize the GOP's opportunities to trip up health care reform legislation by scrapping a formal conference committee and settling their differences informally among themselves." (Several outlets focus on this angle today, even though the fact that there won't be a conference was reported as far back as Dec. 23.)

House Democratic leaders plan to meet Tuesday with committee chairmen to discuss the way forward. Later Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer will meet with Obama on the subject, with Harry Reid and Dick Durbin joining via conference call, according to Politico. Then the full House Democratic Caucus will meet Thursday, though many lawmakers will have to call in from their districts. According to a new federal report, Americans spent "an eye-popping total of $2.3 trillion" on health care in 2008, the Associated Press writes, "even though spending actually slowed dramatically that year because of the recession." Firedoglake gives a liberal take on the best possible bill the negotiators could assemble.

Meanwhile, raise your hand if you didn't crash the November state dinner at the White House. Following up on a Newsmax scoop, several outlets report that another uninvited guest got into the event already made famous by the Salahis, though as best we can tell this guest will not be the subject of a reality show or a party to scores of lawsuits. The Washington Post says the third crasher was "Carlos Allen, a D.C. party promoter who runs an event space in Mount Pleasant." The New York Times writes that his presence was belatedly discovered after "a review of video from the party, which was held to honor the prime minister of India, showed that a man wearing a tuxedo entered with members of the Indian delegation."

By Ben Pershing  |  January 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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Comments

Who would ever imagine that the President, the Director of Homeland Security and the Attorney General have collectively become the largest single threat to our our national security.

Posted by: bkdiver | January 5, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I am sure that the radical Islamic terrorists, the ones who Obama does not believe exist, will be only too happy to give him a "do over" of the Christmas Day bombing attempt.

Posted by: cfitzpatrick2 | January 5, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The ignorance on the topic of National Security by the posters on this thread is astounding.

Tell me what Obama has done wrong on National Security, fail to fly to Amsterdam and pat the guy down himself?

It's not like he got a memo across his desk that read: "Bin Laden determined to strike in the U.S. using airliners as weapons"now that was a failure by a President, and look how the world has changed because of it.

Ask the experts on National Security and they will tell you Obama is doing a fine job, and I don't mean Fox News.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"Regarding hiding behind closed doors to negotiate the health reform bill: I'm not a conspiracy kind of guy, but mafox1 posts an interesting proposition: What is really going on?

I hope the media can get to the bottom of it. This could be even slimier than Watergate.

Posted by: JAH3"
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Well, since Republicans have made it clear time and time again their only intention is to obstruct the bill then they really have nothing productive to add to the process now do they?

Slimier than Watergate?, you must be joking.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Soaring rhetoric hits reality. It has chastened Obama as in to restrain; subdue: chasten a once proud spirit.

Yes, Mr. President, reality really sucks! Welcome to the club. Your healthcare bill really stinks with no cost containment and no public option and so does the stinking war in Afghanistan.

Posted by: alance | January 5, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Regarding hiding behind closed doors to negotiate the health reform bill: I'm not a conspiracy kind of guy, but mafox1 posts an interesting proposition: What is really going on?

I hope the media can get to the bottom of it. This could be even slimier than Watergate.

Posted by: JAH3 | January 5, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the health care issue, Reid, Pelosi and Obama are exhibiting a behavior that should make people sit back and wonder what is REALLY going on. They are desperate and determined to get any kind of a bill passed as fast as they can -- voting on Christmas Eve is only one example of their rush. Obama promised transparency on C-Span. He broke that promise and hasn't apologized, explained or acknowledged the criticism. He has approved bribing representatives and senators of certain states, leaving the others who pledged their votes early out in the cold. More bribes are coming when they try to merge the plans. The question is, what is REALLY going on with this rush to get a bill passed? I don't believe it is because they are in the majority and want to take advantage of that. It's more like someone higher than Obama is pushing them really hard to get this done now. The question is who is pushing them? They are too much in a hurry to continue to take over more of our economy at a time when our economy is in deep trouble. Maybe they want to get the health care done before our economic crisis rights itself.

Posted by: mafox1 | January 5, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Sad to watch the American people DEMAND that we do exactly what the terrorists want us to do: freak out, panic, and over-react by throwing away our liberties.

Secret lists? Good grief, did we learn nothing from McCarthy?

Posted by: web_user | January 5, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The flyer was a pawn, the terror was a success.
The cost to industry and inconvenience will not me calculated, not my this media.

Cloward and Piven Strategy called for.

Posted by: RayOne | January 5, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Remember, first and foremost, Obama is an attorney. That, coupled with his lack of experience is a scary thing.

Posted by: JAH3 | January 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

now we know what community organizer does - NOTHING, NOTHING AT ALL.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | January 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Message to Iran: Don't forget, Obama warned you to stop your nuclear program by DEC. 31, 2009 or there would be dire consequences. Just wait and see.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

...and that wacky Muslim mass murderer on the Texas Army base?....go ahead, blame this act of terrorism on Bush/Cheney when we all know it's Obama's war on Afghanistan which triggered the onslaught.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | January 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think Prince OBIE needed an intelligence team, given his massive intellect and vast experience.

So TIME thinks his policies represent those of reality-chastened Bush II!

Not only that, I think Bush/Cheney should be invited back to run things for a while...Obie barely got his tan back, needs more time in Hawaii...heck, take the dog and the small jet...your reign of terror is threatening the safety of the flying public!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | January 5, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama has spent his first year blaming the Bush administration for all the problems he faces.

Could someone please tell me what specific actions Obama has taken in his first year to correct Bush's terrorism policies to prevent attacks such as on Christmas day?

When does he accept responsibility?

Posted by: thehamptons1 | January 5, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

In their closed-door meeting on health-care reform, President Obama and Congressional Democratic leaders might be tempted to delete all references to abortion as they try to reconcile the bills from the Senate and House. But when senators and representatives are called on to vote, they would do well to keep in mind that the majority of Americans, according to every recent poll, do not want to pay for abortions with their tax dollars, nor are they in the mood to accept accounting gimmicks that do nothing but hide the truth. The clock is ticking on the 2010 elections, and the voters are watching.

Posted by: FatherFrankPavone | January 5, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

lets see how this works. an islamic terrorist kills army recruiter on America soil and that does not count as a terrorist attack.
an islamic terrorists sets bomds [fbi gave his fake material] and he sets them off with a cell phone - oups - the fbi stopped it - and it does not count as a terrorist attack.
an army islamic major murders troops on an American base in America and its not a terrorist attack.
and the Christmas islamic terrorist bomber gets caught and it does not count as a terrorist attack.

i guess when you did nothing after 4 terrorist attacks in America you better not call them terrorist attacks or people will realize you did nothing, are doing nothing and will do nothing.

the people who do realize it are the islamic terrorists who will just keep up the attacks knowing that boy hussein will not do anything about it.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | January 5, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama's first year has confirmed our concern about his leadership experience. He and most of his appointees have little or no experience running anything, let alone the greatest country with the greatest problems on earth. He is way in over his head.

I have spent some time this morning reading chat among a group of young people, those that helped get Obama elected. I made two surprising conclusions; First, many of the young people are turning on Obama. Second, they are much more informed and involved than I realized. (I'm talking about a group of kids I thought were totally self absorbed and complacent.)

I think if we don't see a huge number of jobs created soon, and if the dems cram health care down our throats, there will be a blood bath at the voting booths next November. If we have a terrorist attack it will be even worse for Obama's agenda to "fundamentally transform America".

Posted by: thehamptons1 | January 5, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Politico...now that's a credible source right?

Posted by: onifadee | January 5, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his administration have proven to be incompetent across the board. There is no leadership on any issue and their rallying cry is "blame Bush" and turn on anyone who criticizes them. These people are clueless and even the lapdog media is having trouble writing articles on why Obama is good for America.

The Chicago thugs have no idea what "leadership" means.

Posted by: Tostitos | January 5, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The most pathetic done nothing before & do nothing now President ever.

The DEMS will get crushed beyond all imagination next year. You thought '94 was a bad year for the libs, just wait till Nov '10

Posted by: porchfan | January 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

You do know that it was "Politico" that wrote that right?, Obama never said he wanted a "do-over"

Obama actually has a very good record on terrorism. In the first 8 months of his term over half of the most wanted terrorists on the CIA's list were killed as a result of an executive order to fire upon them (predator drone).

He has tripled the troops in Afghanistan.

I'm sorry but no American, let alone a President can be held responsible because a would be terrorist boards a plane bound for America from a foreign country, in this case, Amsterdam unless he gets a memo on his desk stating something like: "Bin Laden determined to strike the United States using airliners as weapons."

Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 11:56 AM

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I know it was written by Politico but it still had to come from somewhere to be written in an article and Obama is still an imbecile, just another do nothing president who should not be in office. I would rather have Goofy and that is not an insult to Goofy.

Posted by: ladyredskins | January 5, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

It is not suprising that a soft-headed liberal like Kinsley would feel proud that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and the Nigerian and those that may follow them have rights under the US Constitution conferred on them by the Obama administration. What would make more rational Americans proud would be an approach to terror that recognizes that the US is involved in a war- one declared by Osama bin Ladin on us and which Obama fails to respond to in kind, likely out of a long-standing affection of his for islam. Millions of Americans do not trust Mr. Obama.

Posted by: mhr614 | January 5, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

15 DAYS!!!!

... to Obama's self-imposed deadline for closing Guantanamo.

(I cannot possibly miss the live coverage of such an important milestone)

Posted by: tropicalfolk | January 5, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Way to go obama !

Get out the teleprompter and tell the terrorist what to look for…

Let them know what will ‘not’ work for them……

Now they can develop ‘new’ ways to implement their plan….

Posted by: UpAndOver | January 5, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Since when is proto-fascist Politico such a major source for info in WashPost? Why, save money and make the name of this "reporter" just a link to Politico, or Faux News, or whatever.

Posted by: Makhno1 | January 5, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

America is so much safer now that its fearless leader Obowma has returned from his Hawaiian vacation and is meeting with his expert security team.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 5, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

america wants a do-over, too: of last year's presidential election.

Posted by: sofedup | January 5, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

LETS QUIT RESPONDING and get a little proactive.

that means we have to starting islamic countries with bombing like we did germany in ww2.

and we need the grandfather rule. if a terrorists tries something we get his name and then we find out who his grandparents are and we kill everyone related to the grandparents down - dont worry about age or sex. they all get to die. that includes cousins, their wives, children too.
and if an attack is launched from a town - we turn the town into dust and sand.
the rule should be - dont stand next to a terrorist, go to the markets, mosque, or coffee shops with them, and dont live in the same building they live in, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO BLOW THEM UP AND ANYONE AROUND THEM.

lets see all those peaceful islamics rein in those terrorists and if they dont we keep up the killing.

and one more thing, we take back the oil fields that got nationalized by the islamics. now they are ours and no more oil cartel holding us hostage.

wow that works for me.

oh i almoist forgot, nuke mecca if they dont quit attacking us, like they have been doing since 520 ad.

we did it with nazi's we can do it with islamics.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | January 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Jobs.

Now, before we are sunk.

Ignore the distrators.

Posted by: justanexcuse | January 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

""Obama wants a "do-over", please he is such an imbecile! There are no such things as "do-overs" in his position!
Posted by: ladyredskins"
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You do know that it was "Politico" that wrote that right?, Obama never said he wanted a "do-over"
Obama actually has a very good record on terrorism. In the first 8 months of his term over half of the most wanted terrorists on the CIA's list were killed as a result of an executive order to fire upon them (predator drone).
He has tripled the troops in Afghanistan.
I'm sorry but no American, let alone a President can be held responsible because a would be terrorist boards a plane bound for America from a foreign country, in this case, Amsterdam unless he gets a memo on his desk stating something like: "Bin Laden determined to strike the United States using airliners as weapons."
Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse"

obama sets the policy and when he took office he signed executive orders undoing the protections President Bush had in place...
no one has a right to travel by airplane...
we can deny travel to anyone we wish to deny passage to...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

What, no liberal comments/rebuttals? Obowma and Congress not only are unable to protect the US from terrorism, they are also ruining the world's best healthcare system, destroying one freedom after another, totally ignoring the will of the people, etc. O & congress have us headed for biggest train wreck in US history. They are going to bankrupt the United States. Our kids won't have anywhere near the opportunity they deserve.

2010 FIRE ALL THE DEMs. Impeach Obowma.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

there are no do overs as long as Americans are out of work and being thrown out of their homes...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

"Obama wants a "do-over", please he is such an imbecile! There are no such things as "do-overs" in his position!

Posted by: ladyredskins"
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You do know that it was "Politico" that wrote that right?, Obama never said he wanted a "do-over"

Obama actually has a very good record on terrorism. In the first 8 months of his term over half of the most wanted terrorists on the CIA's list were killed as a result of an executive order to fire upon them (predator drone).

He has tripled the troops in Afghanistan.

I'm sorry but no American, let alone a President can be held responsible because a would be terrorist boards a plane bound for America from a foreign country, in this case, Amsterdam unless he gets a memo on his desk stating something like: "Bin Laden determined to strike the United States using airliners as weapons."

Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: cargocult | January 5, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse P.S. Cheney has no feet to stand on - this is the guy who decided to look the other way despite warning after warning about the 9/11 hijackers, and who then used that terrorist attack as a justification for invading Iraq on behalf of Halliburton & Co. - all while ignoring the Taliban and allowing bin Laden to escape in Afghanistan. Then he started a torture program that made us look like a bunch of medieval freaks to the rest of the world.

You are an id10t. Your such an id10t that you don’t even know when the Iraq war began. HINT, Not under GWB. but under GHB in 1992. So that makes you about as bright as the great Odumbo making it’s easy to see the reason you gravitate towards him. Birds of a feather flock together. I also hate to be the one to burst your bubble but if you thing torture didn’t exist prior to Iraq and Afghanistan then you truly are a dumb@zz. When the voters are as stup1d as they appear to be today you end up with a m0r0n in the WH. Thanks di$khead.

Posted by: askgees | January 5, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama wants a "do-over", please he is such an imbecile! There are no such things as "do-overs" in his position!

Posted by: ladyredskins | January 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Reminds me of Jim Mora's famous "Playoffs???" tirade.

The facts:

Obama and his staff wish to treat this war with Al-Q and others as a legal issue. The WH has provided the enemies of US citizens with the rule book (which countries not to fly out of, the actual TSA handbook on the internet, and go ahead and blow up civilians...you will be treated as a US citizen in our legal system).

Obama and the Democrats have SHOVED health care reform down the throats of Americans. Not a single suggestion from the Republicans (interstate purchasing of health insurance, HRAs, HSAs, etc) was considered.

Do Over? Ha, ha it is to laugh.

Obama just wants another photo op.

Posted by: jhpbriton | January 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

How about a "do-over" on an entire year of failure.

Obama brought us more war, more terrorism, more unemployment, more bad government, more corruption, more financial failures, and many other tragic events in 2009.

The only thing he's "done" is blame George Bush.

Posted by: Jerzy | January 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Come on, guys, give BO a break. He had a meeting with his czars today. I'm sure that will help out a lot. Besides, they'll be much better at health care.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"Do-over?" What did the President "do?" My auto mechanic, Sigfried, adds, "Nobody talk aboud alla gut t'ings he dood."

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | January 5, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods or Obama shouldn't get mulligans

Posted by: tonyjm | January 5, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Obamaland = No Confidence


The people are sooooooo over Obama. The Congress should place Biden and try to change the course now to save their careers.

Posted by: dottydo | January 5, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

A "do-over"? Is this coming straight from GOP propaganda? George Bush didn't need a do-over when he waited a week before commenting on the Reid shoe bombing, so why does Obama need one after his timely and sober response to the Christmas incident?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I'll ready any conspiracy theory about the bikini-briefed bomber.

He paid with cash and checked no bag, and they boarded him anyway. Then in response they doubled the counter-terrorism budget given to the government of Yemen and closed the embassy an extra few days.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The President responded the way he should. First checking the facts and then giving a response. Years ago when the shoe bomber did the same thing while President Bush was on vacation on his Texas ranch he took seven days to make an official statement.

That was understood. He had to get the FACTS.

For those who have ever had to lead sit in chair where making decisions mattered, taking time to deliberate-- always make sense. Responding from the 'top' of one head... irresponsible.

All the criticisms are A low blow to national pride. Give strength to the enemy, belittle the leadership/administration. Love politics, but must admit its a dirty game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZXu5FJKGdI

Posted by: Victoria5 | January 5, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

What a joke. Odumbo is neeting with his intelligence team, who he has hampered and hamstrung for a year.
The only good thing that could come from the meeting is for him to apologize for undermining them and to turn them loose to do their jobs without fear of being investiated by the dolt of an AG, Holder, or by the turd head liberal democrats in Congress.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

P.S. Cheney has no feet to stand on - this is the guy who decided to look the other way despite warning after warning about the 9/11 hijackers, and who then used that terrorist attack as a justification for invading Iraq on behalf of Halliburton & Co. - all while ignoring the Taliban and allowing bin Laden to escape in Afghanistan. Then he started a torture program that made us look like a bunch of medieval freaks to the rest of the world.

Cheney likes terrorist attacks on American citizens - he thinks he can use such events to boost his own personal and political interests - the more the merrier!

In reality, he's a war criminal who should be in the Hague awaiting trial on war crimes charges.

Of course, the press is uncomfortable with this - because they did repeat all his lies about Iraqi WMDs without bothering to check whether they were true - and there were many people at the time who were pointing out that such claims were nonsense, which is what they were.

If you want more terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, just vote Republican.

Posted by: cargocult | January 5, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

What subject is Obama carefully avoiding? Global warming and renewable energy, right? That's because, on energy issues, he is little more than a paid-off tool of the coal and tar sand industries, just as his predecessor was a complete tool of international petroleum interests.

Similar similarities exist with Bush and Obama's approach to Wall Street and the credit & loan criminals - smile, nod, and do as you're told.

Change you can believe in! The transformative power of hope!

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but mere words will not cover up this rank stench.

Posted by: cargocult | January 5, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Amost everyone's initial reaction to something is their natural and sincere reaction. For Obama having 300 Americans killed by islamic terrorists was no big deal until Axelrod convienced him it was a political problem. I suspect for Obasma it was like just 299,999,700 to go.

Posted by: jdonner2 | January 5, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I believe that since this human took over as president, we have been in more danger than previous years. I also have a sinking feeling that Obama and his minions are helping the terrorists to succeed, giving them the excuse to pull our troups out. There is no other reason for the up tick in violence on the muslim terrorists part, other than, this administration is giving out key information to these murderers.

Posted by: candyzky | January 5, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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On the first day of what was supposed to be tighter screening ordered by the United States for airline passengers from certain countries, some airports around the world have conceded they had not cracked down.

The U.S. demanded more careful screening for people who are citizens of, or are flying from, 14 nations deemed security risks. But enforcement of the U.S. rules appeared spotty Monday.

"Everything is the same. There is no extra security," said an aviation official in Lebanon, one of the countries on the list. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

The administration of President Barack Obama ordered the changes after what authorities say was a failed attempt by a Nigerian man to blow up a jetliner bound from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.

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The World is laughing at us because we elected this Moron Obozo. We are less safe now as they know we have a weak clown for a leader.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 5, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

It's about time he got back to work. This man is truly a fu^king m0r0n. He's done more damage to the US then the last 10 presidents combined. IMPEACH ODUMBO!!!!!

Posted by: askgees | January 5, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The fact that obama would "[hope] for a do-over" demonstrates how utterly unqualified, immature, arrogant and naive he is.

The do-over: signature of an Affirmative Action president.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | January 5, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

napoltano and team obama are NOT just asleep at the switch on homeland security

they are laying on the railroad tracks and denying the existence of trains

as the whistle is blowing closer and closer........

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 5, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

In this and many other recent responses to challenging situations, Obama and his administration truly project an image of "tone deafness". Maybe others have seen the recent TV ad for FedEx -- the "manager" who comes into his "office" and cannot remember names of workers, does not know which door leads to a closet or an office, gives orders that are obviously inappropriate then leaves feeling good about how great a manager he is (possibly for appointing the "right" people for their jobs?). Is this not how our President seems to be acting and our country and its people trying to set him straight?

Posted by: baltic | January 5, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

The Obama administration wants to do a lot of things over, unfortunately this is life and there are no retests. Obama needs to return to the minor league and get a lot more experience. The amount of damage this man has done is hard to comprehend.

Posted by: richard36 | January 5, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

UNDERPANTS BOMB ATTACK A 'FALSE FLAG' STINKER?
http://nowpublic.com/world/witness-says-govt-lies-about-botched-terror-bombing

• MI attorney Kurt Haskell says accomplice helped would-be bomber board flight -- and that a second suspect was taken into custody.

WHY NOT A WORD ABOUT THIS FROM THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA?

Is this whole underpants affair an elaborate diversion from the government's Terror War on unjustly and unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans -- a quiet GENOCIDE?



U.S. SILENTLY TORTURES AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVES, SATELLITES, SAYS VETERAN MAINSTREAM MEDIA JOURNALIST

• Secret Bush legacy multi-agency federal program uses cell tower/GPS satellite microwave/laser electromagnetic radiation attack system to torture, impair, subjugate "targeted" citizens -- and oversees local "community watch" vigilante terrorism and financial sabotage campaigns.

See story at: Poynter.org ("Reporting" section)
OR http://www.nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "U.S. SILENTLY..." / "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 5, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

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