EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for January 4, 2009
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I hope you had a happy new year. Just on a personal note, I’ll be on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET. It should be interesting.
A quick survey of priorities:
- In 2001, the American government’s response to a successful series of terrorist attacks was to look outwards to see who to hit for this*.
- In 2009, the American government’s response to an only-because-we-got-lucky unsuccessful terrorist attack was to look inwards to see who to blame for this. (H/T: Nice Deb)
I think that, all things considered, I prefer the first approach.
You remember Tom Kean, don’t you? He’s the former chairman of the 9/11 Commission — that same commission whose policies in its massive report Barack Obama guaranteed to implement.
Obama has not. In fact, one of the chief priorities of the 9/11 commission was the ability to effectively cross reference people on terrorist watch lists with passenger manifests for airlines. Hasn’t fully happened.
Commission Chairman Kean was on State of the Union with John King earlier today. He made some real news.
In Little Rock, Arkansas, a muslim under investigation after returning from Yemen gunned down army recruiters.
On July 25, 2009, in Denver, CO, an Afghan-American went into a beauty supply store to beginsoldier building a bomb to blow up New York. Again.
In Ft. Hood, Texas, a solider gunned down his fellow soldiers after having had a stint in Yemen.
In New York City, an empty van sat for two days with forged law enforcement documents. We know very little else about the incident.
In the air over Detriot, MI, a Nigeria trained in Yemen tried to blow up the plane. He appears to have been helped get on the plane in Amsterdam without a passport. The passengers on the plane saw another man arrested when they landed in Detriot, but the authorities first denied it then said it was someone from a different flight. The passengers dispute this.
Then we had the attack on the CIA in Afghanistan by the soldier ranked highly enough to get to them without pre-screening.
Yemen warns of hundreds more.
This is all in the last six months or so. The frequency of the probing and testing has accelerated. What must they be planning?
As I have asked before and then again, let me ask another time: how many Americans will die because of Barack Obama’s weak leadership?
Something wicked this way comes and I have no faith these amateurs in office will be prepared for it.
I missed the implications of this up front and I bet you all did too, but I am hearing from members of the American intelligence community and some on the outside closely connected to those on the inside who are raising a huge red flag right now.
It appears Barack Obama inexperience and amateurishness has just started bonfires on the bridges connecting him to the American intelligence community and delivered a huge, HUGE psychological win to Al Qaeda.
234 days into George W. Bush’s first contentious year in office, four planes were hijacked and used as missiles to strike the United States. Shortly thereafter, Richard Reid tried to blow up another jet.
George Bush never tried to disown 9/11 or Richard Reid. He never tried to say, “hey, it was Clinton’s problem.” Sure, in fact, a lot of what led to 9/11 happened on Bill Clinton’s watch and he failed in most every measure to shut down Al Qaeda.
But after 9/11, George Bush didn’t spend his first day, second day, or third day blaming Clinton. He set out to destroy Al Qaeda. After Richard Reid, we’ve been pretty darn safe flying.
In fact, under George Bush leading scholars and pundits declared Al Qaeda marginalized. By 2003, the pontiffs of miasmatic beltway wisdom were near unanimous that Al Qaeda was near dismantled.
At the end of the first year of Barack Obama’s administration, there’s something moving in the shadows of Mount Doom. It wasn’t there while George Bush was in charge. But Barack Obama is no George Bush. And the strategy of blaming Bush for being weak on terror will not work after eight years of blaming Bush for being too bloodthirsty.
Does anyone believe that The Trillion Dollar Health Care President — as in, all he can do is spend and print a trillion dollars — cares one wit about the war on terror?
This is the same Trillion-Dollar-all-I-care-about-is-health-care-President who strains mightily to ever use the word terror, or the phrase war on terror.
His Homeland Secretary went a whole hearing with out using the word terror, but prefers the term a “man-caused disaster.”
This is the same President and White House who refused to term the Fort Hood attacks by a deranged Muslim terror — and had to be dragged kicking and screaming to any where near that point only because of an email trail by the shooter to radical clerics and websites.
I’ll bet the only reason that President Obama waited three days to make his statement about the system’s failure is that the White House took a poll which showed the Trillion Dollar Health Care President being pummeled.
The reason that health care reform has previously never passed, is that the smart Democrats stopped themselves when the political costs of health care reform were weighed against their gains.
But Crusaders do not measure the costs. They fight until they and all around them die.
And the leaders of the Crusaders tell their own — ignore the costs! We must! We must! We must cram it down their throats! This is a moral battle.
2009 was one of the very best years in history for the financial industry, with over $50 billion in profits for the top half-dozen firms alone. Forget for a moment about the fact that this industry was literally saved from death with taxpayer dollars. The real question is, what are they there to do?
The short answer to that question is that the financial industry exists to make capital available, and to allocate it efficiently to productive uses in the real economy.
Instead, what did the financial industry do to make its money? The Wall St. firms ran proprietary trading programs as never before, and they raked in huge fees underwriting issues of debt by the largest corporations, who used the money to improve their balance sheets but not to invest in new productivity.
The old-fashioned banks spent the year lending Fed funds to the Treasury, profiting risk-free from the steep yield curve.
Are you surprised? I’m not surprised.
You know, there’s a part of me that would almost prefer that this was evidence of some sort of long term payback – one that would have been in the works for about 150 years at this point – against African-Americans by the Democratic party. At least that would be a reason to wreck school choice. It would be a conscious decision. Instead, though, I’m faced with the tawdry reality that the Democratic Party simply just doesn’t care.