Sarah Palin's recent Facebook gem on the administration's fatally flawed handling of the Christmas Day underpants bomber, is one more example of her solid, bottom line thinking.
As Karen at LonelyConservative said, Palin's comments "hardly sound like a woman who is clueless about national security."
In Obama's statement from Hawaii, he said Abdulmutallab was alleged to have tried to bring down Northwest 253 - "alleged" - with a plane full of people watching, hearing "pops," seeing smoke, seeing a burning seat, seeing the underpants bomber taken off the plane in police custody - yet it was an "alleged attack."
[Obama must] begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes...And this is her money quote:
...the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professorWhile that last quote is a great one, Obama appears not to understand much about our Constitution either, but the real truth is, he knows, he understands, he disdains it, he plans to change it.
President Obama’s meeting with his top national security advisers does nothing to change the fact that his fundamental approach to terrorism is fatally flawed. We are at war with radical Islamic extremists and treating this threat as a law enforcement issue is dangerous for our nation’s security. That’s what happened in the 1990s and we saw the result on September 11, 2001. This is a war on terror not an “overseas contingency operation.” Acts of terrorism are just that, not “man caused disasters.” The system did not work. Abdulmutallab was a child of privilege radicalized and trained by organized jihadists, not an “isolated extremist” who traveled to a land of “crushing poverty.” He is an enemy of the United States, not just another criminal defendant.
It simply makes no sense to treat an al Qaeda-trained operative willing to die in the course of massacring hundreds of people as a common criminal. Reports indicate that Abdulmutallab stated there were many more like him in Yemen but that he stopped talking once he was read his Miranda rights. President Obama’s advisers lamely claim Abdulmutallab might be willing to agree to a plea bargain – pretty doubtful you can cut a deal with a suicide bomber. John Brennan, the President’s top counterterrorism adviser, bizarrely claimed “there are no downsides or upsides” to treating terrorists as enemy combatants. That is absurd. There is a very serious downside to treating them as criminals: terrorists invoke their “right” to remain silent and stop talking. Terrorists don’t tell us where they were trained, what they were trained in, who they were trained by, and who they were trained with. Giving foreign-born, foreign-trained terrorists the right to remain silent does nothing to keep Americans safe from terrorist threats. It only gives our enemies access to courtrooms where they can publicly grandstand, and to defense attorneys who can manipulate the legal process to gain access to classified information.
President Obama was right to change his policy and decide to send no more detainees to Yemen where they can be free to rejoin their war on America. Now he must back off his reckless plan to close Guantanamo, begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes, and recognize that the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor.
- Sarah Palin
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Gloria Borger grills John Brennan (video)
John Brennan Briefed about Yemen Bombs in Briefs last October
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Michael Leiter Sidesteps Christmas Day Bomb Attempt: Dennis blair's DNI CIA Turf War
Obama's Pre-Christmas Security Briefing: Authorities Lie About Second Man Detained
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Michael Leiter NW Flt 253: CIA sent Abdulmutallab info to Leiter's Counterterrorism Center
Abdulmutallab and al-Qaeda in Saudia Arabia: Claims Christmas Day Attack
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