Skip to comments.Obama Admin Debated Whether to Tell Public 'System Failed' in Christmas Terror Attack
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.
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.
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.
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?
Thanks. I think I have flown my last flight.
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?
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.
Unfortunately it is becoming a world that no one can hide in open societies such as we have.
Tha peeple is two stoopid to no the truth...
The last election proved that fact.
He lies like a prayer rug.
Stay off of airplanes until they cavity search his Muslim friends before boarding the plane. They are now planning attacks, and insinuate they will hit us soon.
Even our army is not safe from the presidents Muslim friends. We are screwed.
If you must travel, be prepared ... have the will made out. TSA is not going to search his Muslim friends.
Better to die Ignorant rather than Informed.
The system that worked were the people on the plane who subdued the nut.
The Marxist motto is: “By any means necessary.”
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So is it for the mooselimbs as well. They promote lying to infidels to advance thei religion of submit. And both groups are our enemies.
The narrartive IS important, to try to get the truth out there, over the noisy lies and deceptions.
when I close my eyes I have this awful vision of Robert Gibbs in the Baghdad Bob uniform, standing in front of a smoking Ground Zero and trying to spin the fact that they haven’t decided what to tell us yet
Does this mean the comment “The system worked” came straight from the top (i.e., 0bama)?
Not only is Obama weakening us overseas with his constant apologizing for America [until very recently], he is now jeopardizing our domestic security by trying to spin terrorist attacks as the acts of a “lone wolf.” His utter disregard for the American public is a sad, but typical, commentary on the left wing elitists. Further, we need to focus all of our efforts on the enemy and not be distracted by the CYA behavior emanating from the White House. That kind of thinking has a way of embedding itself throughout the system!
Most of all, I am personally incensed at his constant use of legal jargon and implications that these are judicial matters and not military matters.
The bomber should not be “alleged” to have attempted to blow up the plane, he was caught in the act. Nor should he be a “suspect”. He is, in fact, a terrorist, part of an international conspiracy of militant Islamists out to destroy us. It is not a court case, it is a war!
Despite being on TV almost every day of the year, often for the most inane reasons, our President was no where to be found for three days after what would have been, if successful, the worst terrorist attack on the US since 9-11. Need I remind anyone here of the criticism that Pres. Bush took for taking just a minute or two to compose himself and his thoughts after being notified [in public view, no less] of the 9-11 attack. Where are the naysayers to hold Obama’s feet to the fire? Conveniently, many in the White House press corps are in Hawaii. Now who would want to jeopardize a wonderful junket such as that by printing bad things about Obama. Sounds like the White House cleverly used taxpayer money to influence [I prefer bribe] another possible critic.
The list, ping
You, keats5 ARE NOT hypnotized...
If only Freeper kristinn & Freerepublic.com’s CLARITY had been around to combat WALTER CRONKITE’s 1968 TV lie to the American People that they had lost a TET Offensive they had in fact won,
...a then Free South Vietnam might still be Free today..!!!
Instead, sadly came for many poor Southeast Asian souls:
Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education Camp
And now in this new time of war,
...what about US..???
That is exactly what I learned in dealing with average leftists. Truth = what furthers their agenda, thus anything contrary to their goals/worldview is a lie.
They create their own reality and then pride themselves in their tolerance - that is, they will put up with the non-believers until the non-believers either believe, or prove themselves too stubborn to convert. That way the Marxists can in good conscience justify and perpetrate evils upon those who knowingly reject the "truth".
This I learned from listening very carefully to a pompous in-law. She wasn't even speaking of politics, just explaining her abject disgust/anger/mistreatment of somebody or other. At whatever point this Marxist decided that other person was unreasonable and beyond hope (i.e. would not submit)... all civility was off. Creepy.
After that casual conversation I understood the mechanism behind man's inhumanity to man. It reduces to a lust for power and control at the individual level. Explains why the government does what it does, and why its supporters approve. Supporting a corrupt lying politician is perfectly acceptable if that congressman is "working for them". Tribalism.
Dumnmies or liars?
Officials debated over the weekend whether to state publicly that the security system had failed, according to a senior counterterrorism official.”
As if we didn’t know. Idiots.
Thanks for the ping!
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