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Obama Admin Debated Whether to Tell Public 'System Failed' in Christmas Terror Attack
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Kristinn

Posted on 12/29/2009 9:02:40 AM PST by kristinn

File this under: Yes, they really think we're that dumb.

The Obama administration spent Christmas weekend in an internal debate over whether to tell the American people the government failed to protect airline passengers in the wake of the terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253, according to the Wall Street Journal.

That explains the stupifying message by Obama spokespeople on Sunday that the 'system worked'.

The statement followed three days in which the White House had delegated public responses to subordinates. Officials debated over the weekend whether to state publicly that the security system had failed, according to a senior counterterrorism official.

The dilemma was on display Monday when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared to backpedal from televised comments over the weekend in which she declared that, once the attack happened, "the system worked." Ms. Napolitano conceded Monday that the system didn't work in allowing a terrorist onboard the plane. She said her earlier comments were taken out of context.

Also on Sunday, White House Press Secretary repeated the initial administration line on CBS News' Face the Nation:

I do think, though, that, in many ways, this system has worked. We just have to continue to keep refining it and stay ahead of what terrorists are trying to do.

Yes, Mr. and Mrs. America, they really think we're that dumb. Yet, it is the best and the brightest populating the Obama administration who are dumb enough to think that they could tell the American people "the system worked" and get away with it.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: bhochristmas; flight253; nationalsecurityfail; obama
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To: Bernard Marx
Back in the ‘50’s I read a book entitled, “You Can Trust The Communists...(to be Communists)”. I forget who the author was, maybe it was Ezra Taft Benson, I don't know. (That was a long time ago!)

Anyway, one of the central tenets of the book was this question of “truth”. He stated if a statement furthered the communist movement, it could not possibly be a lie, as it was known to them to be the “Marxist-Leninist truth”.

Therefore, the could say with a reasonably straight face that they were telling the “truth”.

This was over 50 years ago, and the author had it down pat. He saw what is was, how it worked, how it would be marketed and portrayed. No wonder the young, the naive, and other assorted imbeciles fall for this trash!

You want to educate your kids? Have them “The Prince”, “Rules For Radicals” (and anything else by Alinsky), the myriad of works by Antonio Gramsci, and the psuedo-intellectual babblings of Noam Chomsky.

Make sure YOU read them, too, and then discuss these things with your kids. It might help, too if you were familiar with at least volume 1 of “Das Kapital”, as well as some von Mises and/or Rothbard, but it's not essential for these purposes.

Remember, knowledge and truth are the sunlight with which disinfect the spaces these cockroaches infest, and causes them to scatter (or, hopefully, even die!)

Do yourself, you kids and the nation a favor and indulge yourselves in this quest.

You won't be sorry.

CA....

41 posted on 12/29/2009 9:51:47 AM PST by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: kristinn

It is true that is failed, but where? Amsterdam? Nigeria? Thia guy boarded the flight in Nigeria. Did he have to go through screening again in Amsterdam? It seems that Security at Airports all over the world are lierally “all over the map”. Years ago (pre 9/11), I can remember the screening in places like Paris and Berlin being much more stringent than anyhting I experienced in the U.S. If you want real screning, fly El Al out of Israel. This is a Global problem and somehow, we need to develop “global standards” and I think that this issue is a hell of a lot more important than what they were debating in Copenhagen a couple of weeks ago.


42 posted on 12/29/2009 9:56:07 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: kristinn

Pssssst, do you think that we should inform the little people, a question from the “0” administration?


43 posted on 12/29/2009 9:59:45 AM PST by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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To: kristinn

The guy who shouted YOU LIE! during the SOTU has been proven correct over and over and over.


44 posted on 12/29/2009 10:00:55 AM PST by 1Old Pro (Cheney was proven right so quickly, Obama inviting terrorist attacks, TWO & counting)
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To: kristinn

The system failed, the bomb didn’t go off.

Pray for America’s Freedom


45 posted on 12/29/2009 10:02:15 AM PST by bray (What ya in for Son? No Health Insurance. Me too.)
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To: Chances Are

Corrections:

The author was Fred C. Schwartz, and it was published in 1962. Time dims the effects of time, doesn’t it?

CA....


46 posted on 12/29/2009 10:03:24 AM PST by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

FYI.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2416953/posts


47 posted on 12/29/2009 10:06:50 AM PST by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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To: bray

bttt


48 posted on 12/29/2009 10:07:12 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: kristinn
So.....either Janet Napolitano was NOT taken out of context, or this is just more BS by the incompetent 0boobama admin to cover their pathetic asses.

IOW - the blame Bush scenario didn't hold up since Napolitano admitted having reviewed the agency procedures rather than say she hadn't read them and therefore must have found them acceptable as she didn't change anything, so it's time to sling as much $hit as possible and see if anything sticks to the walls of believability.

49 posted on 12/29/2009 10:08:53 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: kristinn

The word “System” implies they have done it the same way at least twice.

I see no system here.


50 posted on 12/29/2009 10:10:22 AM PST by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: SlowBoat407

LOL!


51 posted on 12/29/2009 10:11:38 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: muawiyah

You got to be kidding me? We didn’t need to be told the system failed. Anybody with half a brain cell already knew it did.


52 posted on 12/29/2009 10:13:25 AM PST by Roklok
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To: kristinn

I wonder if this bunch holds a conference call before Zero goes to the BR.

Like the american people are so ignorant they don’t know what to think unless the narcissist-in-chief issues his edict from on high.

I really think we have a bunch of lame brain amateurs running this Gov.
It is sheer chaos.


53 posted on 12/29/2009 10:14:05 AM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: freebird5850

I don’t go to DU and only hear of what they say while on FR. Are they saying he’s a failure, in our way of thinking it, or because he didn’t do what they expected in the way of bringing on socialism without setbacks?


54 posted on 12/29/2009 10:17:37 AM PST by Exit148 (Loose Change Founder. A little goes a long way!)
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To: NY Attitude

Thanks. I think I have flown my last flight.


55 posted on 12/29/2009 10:24:25 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Noooo sweat.


56 posted on 12/29/2009 10:25:36 AM PST by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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To: NY Attitude

Things like that going on and all we can do is debate “man-made global warming”. What an incredible world! Where in Montana did the Unibomber go to hide from everyone?


57 posted on 12/29/2009 10:28:41 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: Chances Are
The Marxist motto is: "By any means necessary."

Unfortunately, very few "normal" folks understand the ominous meaning behind those words. It's a solemn groupthink vow of World Socialist solidarity to do anything -- lie, cheat, steal, kill -- to further the war against capitalism, private property and the sovereignty of individual nations.

58 posted on 12/29/2009 10:32:51 AM PST by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Unfortunately it is becoming a world that no one can hide in open societies such as we have.


59 posted on 12/29/2009 10:35:18 AM PST by NY Attitude (Make love not war but be prepared for either.)
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To: kristinn

Tha peeple is two stoopid to no the truth...

The last election proved that fact.


60 posted on 12/29/2009 10:35:30 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Election 2010. No RATS, No RINOS...)
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