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Obama “Will Not Rest Until We Find All Who Were Involved” Or Maybe I Will Go Golfing

Thomas F. Roeser 29 December 2009 14 Comments

The first job of government…everything else being secondary…is to provide for the security and protection of the American people.

When George W. Bush was informed about the attacks on the Twin Towers on 9/11/01 he was reading aloud with a second grade class at Emma E. Booker elementary school in Sarasota, Florida…having arrived at 9:04 a.m. and left at 9:12… as part of a program to heighten awareness of education. He was severely criticized later because, having been informed of the attack by Andrew Card, his chief of staff, he looked startled and returned his attention to the kids, saying they read so well they were equal to sixth graders, this before he left after several minutes and took on the active role of commander-in-chief.

Photos taken at the time show he was stunned and that he continued his reading for several minutes…clearly turning over in his mind all the ramifications: were the two attacks terrorist-related or a horrible coincidence? Anyhow the angry Left took advantage of the interim to maintain two contradictory things: (1) he was dumb and unable to react with alacrity; and (2) he was traitorous, well aware of the attacks earlier, having had some insidious connection with them as a plotter of them with the CIA.

The charges were, of course, ridiculous. In all, it was a very short time spent in ruminating about the domestic and international implications of such an attack. Rather than being transfixed and paralyzed with indecision after the attack, he undertook such decisiveness that he has been criticized by the Left ever since. In fact in short order, he launched two attacks on what he deduced were source-spots of al Qaeda, Afghanistan a month later (October, 2001) and Iraq which he concluded had weapons of mass destruction (in March, 2003). He has been sorely criticized by the Left and others for this although, dismissing the inability to find WMD, the nation’s preeminent scholar of the Middle East, Bernard Lewis, said that for the first time the forces of Middle East terrorism had been struck back after an attack…Lewis adding that, apart from the weapons-of-mass-destruction issue, the fanatics never succeeded with attacks on America again.

Contrast this with the attitude of the Obama administration concerning the abortive attempt to destroy an airliner on Christmas Day-an attempt that has been acknowledged by al Qaeda as part of its plan.

It took three full days for the president of the United States, Barack Obama, to address this issue with the American people. During that time, his secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano…who had made a point of dropping the word “terrorist,” substituting for it the words “man caused disaster because we want to rid ourselves of the politics of fear,” succeeded in mucking up the situation very well…saying first that the failed attack proved the system is working (despite the fact that the terrorist entered the airliner without difficulty and it took passengers on the plane to subdue him)…and then when the ridiculousness of her statement was evident, had to walk back the statement saying that it is evident the system failed and that it needed tightening.

I should say it does. There have been more terror incidents (12 in number) including foiled plots on U.S. soil in 2009 than in any other year since 2001. The system failed in at least two ways-failing to revoke a visa that the 23-year-old terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (not alleged terrorist as Obama says with lawyerly condescension) that he had obtained in June despite a later warning given to the Nigerian consul from Abdulmutallab’s father that he was a danger to public safety and not adding his name to a no-fly list instead of allowing it to sit on a lesser watch list.

Yesterday from his vacation in Hawaii, three days after the attack, Obama finally addressed it. And even then his statement was highly unsatisfactory. Maddeningly, he described it twice as an “attempted terrorist attack” when in fact it was not attempted but a terrorist attack period. Maddeningly also, in his statement he said Abdulmutallab “allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device on his body, sitting off a fire.” Allegedly. Suppose the attack was successful: would Obama describe it as “an alleged attack that was allegedly successful to the extent that the passengers and crew were all allegedly killed by the alleged terrorist”?

This nicey-nice stuff from a malignly stupid president who is failing in his first mission beyond all others, so concerned about changing our economy into a European system that he ignores his major duty.

The language and the fact that Abdulmutallab was indicted on criminal charges means one thing: the Obama administration reacts as it always had against the Nigerian as a law enforcement issue, meaning that Abdulmutallab will have all the benefits of U. S. law despite the fact that he is not a U. S. citizen, including, presumably, Miranda. That’s the same thing that will happen to the five 9/11 terrorist plotters including Khalid Sheikh Mohammad who will be tried in a civilian court, decided by Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder.

In contrast to this is the record of what happened when a German submarine landed 8 Nazi saboteurs on a Long Island beach on June 17, 1942. They were tried in a military tribunal, found guilty and were executed within three months. The president who ordered this was Franklin D. Roosevelt who understood his first duty well. Unlike this alleged 3rd world refugee who has been educated beyond his intelligence.

If we are lucky, we will survive this madness that envelopes not just Obama but has transformed what was once an acceptable political ideology into a faux secular religion…not a substitute for religion but a religion in its own right…which differs from others in that it is completely uneducable when confronted by truth or any factual basis. It is not just Obama, it is The New York Times, major media, sweet little Katie Couric, and the spawn of Ivy League universities that cling to man is infinitely perfectible by those who will transform the kingdom of heaven to this earth.

Atheists and agnostics all, they see themselves as gods and in that capacity ignore reason. In a very real sense they are like the ancient Church father Tertullian who remained loyal to a concept even though is conflicted with Divine Revelation as well as reason. For that sin of misguided non-profundity, Tertullian was deprived of canonization but his words are identical with the views of American liberals: “credible est, quia ineptum est” (it is believable precisely because it is ridiculous)…and “certum est, quia impossibile” (it is certain because it is impossible).

The credo of liberalism in this juncture can be stated “though he slay me, still will I believe in him”…plodding dumbly to apply Marques of Queensbury Rules to terrorist combatants, believing along with the misguided radicals of the Enlightenment, that sweet beneficence will convert all.

It is clear by now that this nation has had its belly full of Obama and far-Left liberalism. But whether our time will run out before this courtly evader of morbid Leftwing fixity succeeds in destroying this greatest country in the world is the question… the answer I to which I, at age 81, am not sanguine.


Tom Roeser is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Chicago Daily Observer


  • CTG said:

    Obviously a racist idiot wrote this article. Dont waste your time reading it. President Obama is doing a wonderful job and deserves a vacation like Bush took countless times.

  • KLH said:

    The US of A would be much better off if Obama took a permanent vacation.

  • FJB said:

    Goodbye USA! Hello, USF(acists). The Democrats motto should be “we know better than anybody, what everybody needs”. Farewell freedom of choice! So long freedom of speech! As long as liberals believe no one else is entitled to an opinion that differs from theirs, we are all up the creek! When the Democrats finally sink this ship, I have no doubt we will hear the cry of: BUSH done it!

  • FJB said:

    CTG said:
    Obviously a racist idiot wrote this article. Dont waste your time reading it. President Obama is doing a wonderful job and deserves a vacation like Bush took countless times.

    THIS IS exactly what I am talking about. No one is entitled an opposing view, and if you are, you are a racist! CTG your opinion is that of a naive, ignorant facist.

  • JohnDD said:

    Obama had to use the term “allegedly” because he views this as a criminal matter, and not war. He had to give the alleged terrorist the presumption of innocence by using the term “allegedly” in order to not compromise a later trial against him. Could you imagine a military commander telling his men, “they allegedly launched mortar attack against us,” or “Private Jones was allegedly killed by that man over there who is allegedly firing that gun in his hands.” Obama is an idiot. God help our country for the next three years until we vote this man out of office. Until then we can expect to have many young Muslims allegedly attack us.

  • John Penn said:

    CTG- Evidently you are a racist bringing race into an article that does not mention it. How about stop thinking in terms of Democrat and Republican and start acting like an American.

    Al-Qaeda terrorist really do not care whether Bush or Obama is in charge…they want to see you and me dead.

    Maybe this will wake Obama up and realize ‘hey, there really is a war against terror’ that needs to be fought…and that Janet Napolitano foolish claim the system is working demonstrates she is not qualified to take on the challenge.

    Best regards,
    John Penn

  • Dan Kelley said:

    Brilliant analysis!

    Imagine the controversy that would have erupted if Bush had spent three days vacationing and playing golf following a terrorist attack!

    Obama simply does not take his position seriously.

  • Jack Striker said:

    CTG, by his own words, evinces identity with Obama and proceeds to demonstrate that he also is educated beyond his intelligence, as Roesser presciently observes.
    Roesser makes three exquisite points: Obama objectively relegates our security to priority subordinate to his social agenda, he stubbornly preoccupies himself with the installation of a Freedom-defying, re-distributionist European social system, and most importantly, he fails to grasp that humankind is flawed, not “perfectible” on earth, and conseqently his policies pursue a course of social engineering aimed at the ‘image and likeness’ of mankind in Obama’s own vanity stricken mind.

  • Dante Malone said:

    Obama is torn between America and his Muslim brothers. This man should not be president. He duped millions of Americans with his glib doublespeak. He has a personal agenda and does not care about what others think. He is a danger to the future of our country.

  • Teri O\\\'Brien said:

    Mr. Roeser,
    Kudos to you on this cogent, well-written post! I especially like the line “educated beyond his intelligence.” While some may quibble with the characterization of completing a term in the leftist re-education camps that are now called “universities,” as “education,” I think the phrase is spot on.
    Keep up the terrific work!

  • I see Stupidity said:

    Oy! People like Teri O’Brien should get her Rush on just a little bit heavier. I would like to believe people like her and the rest of you paranoid nut-jobs post here for comedic relief, but you guys actually buy into this garbage!

    It’s staggering that semi-educated people like you, in a prosperous country have the balls to complain about the President. Only a completely delusional right-wing nut job would actually believe that Bush was a credible, competent commander in chief. President Obama might be experiencing difficulty, but for christ sake we wouldn’t be in this position were it not for the legacy of 8 years of Bush/Cheney (down the drainey).

    I had a government surplus, years of peace and you right wing ass-holes had to get pissed off over a blow-job. Thanks. You let the least qualified candidate this side of Togo represent and trash your party and your beloved constitution for 8+ years and you have the gaul to lay blame on the poor bastard who’s stuck with the job of fixing this shit?

    You people are stunning in your blindness and stupidity. Enjoy your misery.

  • Essay said:

    I think there is a part of all of us that wants our president to succeed – True Americans stand together when we need to. That being said, there have been some serious mis-steps made by the administration that need to be harshly criticized. I think the author of this article does a good job of showing how the underlying attitude of this administration puts us at risk.

    BTW – Ignore the race baiters, and Obama zombies. It’s OK to have a free mind and come to your own conclusions.

  • I see Stupidity said:

    “…malignly stupid president…so concerned about changing our economy into a European system.”

    Oh yeah, this really sounds like a balanced op-ed. Nothing said patriotism, and “I want my President to succeed” like calling him stupid. I’m pretty sure outside your little shacks in the woods and underground bunkers, nobody thinks THIS president is stupid.

    And BTW – LOL on the European System. You people deserve your own island somewhere cold.

  • Richard Channing said:

    “I see Stupidity” surely recognizes it because of his own experiences.

    Only a completely delusional right-wing nut job would actually believe that Bush was a credible, competent commander in chief.

    Can’t read that anybody on this thread actually believed that. Are you under some sort of delusion that there is only one incompetent in the world and the other 6 billion are credible and competent? It seems that the author and comments are detailing one incompetent instead of listing them all.

    Oh yeah, this really sounds like a balanced op-ed.

    It’s an opinion piece. Not intended to be balanced.

    Nothing said patriotism, and “I want my President to succeed” like calling him stupid.

    Lying about his intelligence and pretending he is brilliant probably wouldn’t be patriotic, either.

    I’m pretty sure outside your little shacks in the woods and underground bunkers, nobody thinks THIS president is stupid.

    Are you kidding? You must be now. The Chinese and their media openly mock this man and his nonsensical platitudes. They’re laughing all the way to the bank as they sell us the ropes with which we will hang ourselves.

    “I see Stuidity” must see it each time he looks in the mirror.

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