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Calling it ‘war’, Obama pegs Christmas Day attack to Al Qaeda ( calls for national unity )
Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 2, 2010 | Patrik Jonsson Staff writer

Posted on 01/02/2010 10:15:21 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Responding to critics of what is seen as his measured approach, Obama says the “nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred." He calls for national unity.

Atlanta

In his first Saturday morning address of the New Year, President Obama acknowledged an international terror syndicate – Al Qaeda – has struck the US on his watch.

Coming after days of political acrimony that stood in sharp contrast to the national solidarity shown after 9/11, Mr. Obama said Saturday that a Yemeni affiliate of Al Qaeda trained the suspect and “equipped him with … explosives and directed him to attack [the plane] headed for America.” He added that he thinks of the security of the US “every moment of every day.”

The move does two things. Obama reframes the attack, in essence taking responsibility for the ability of Al Qaeda to maneuver past US airline security defenses. The President has ordered at least two investigations that are expected to report back within days. But the tougher language also addresses growing political unease with the President’s careful approach to the conflict formerly known as the war on terror.

'This moment demands unity'

In his Saturday address, Obama asked politicians and the American people to forego not debate, but partisanship, saying that unity as a nation is what “this moment demands.”

Former CIA agent Kent Clizbe, an outspoken Obama critic, said in an interview last week that the attack means the President will be forced to acknowledge the “reality” of international terror versus the “fantasy” version: Obama's strategy, as Clizbe sees it, of humbling America before the world to ease recruitment and activity among Islamic extremists.


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhochristmas; bhogwot; bhoradioaddress; flight253; nationalsecurityfail; obama; obamawar; underpantsgate; yemen
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“The reality is there are Islamists who are bent on the destruction of the United States and the western world,” says Mr. Clizbe.
1 posted on 01/02/2010 10:15:22 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; blam; SunkenCiv; tubebender; ...
Events are forcing Obama to use the dreaded word:

WAR!!!

2 posted on 01/02/2010 10:18:30 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This guy is ssllooooooooow!


3 posted on 01/02/2010 10:19:28 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
And just what did Democrats, like Dear Reader, do during the Iraq war?

Sorry Dear Reader, you don't get to play by one set of standards while in the minority then demand a different set be applied once you lie your way back into power.

4 posted on 01/02/2010 10:19:42 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Demand Constitutionality)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“National Unity” means respecting his predecessor our former President George Bush, too

stopping the endless BDS blame game

stopping the snide putdowns of the “unjust” Iraq War

and stop using the same anti-Americanisms as al Qaeda recruiters


5 posted on 01/02/2010 10:20:04 AM PST by silverleaf (More folks were invited to the White House for Holiday parties than are being sent to Afghanistan)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

‘This moment demands unity’

_______________________________

Great. Let’s start with profiling. It costs us nothing and it will be extremely effective.


6 posted on 01/02/2010 10:20:40 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (During this joyous Christmas season, I'd like you to know....A reindeer bit my sister once.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Calling it ‘war’, Obama pegs Christmas Day attack to Al Qaeda ( calls for national unity )

Obama can call for unity right after he's not a leftist, terrorist-sympathizing, racist, marxist, kenyan bastard.

7 posted on 01/02/2010 10:21:00 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
there are Islamists who are bent on the destruction of the United States

Including our current president...

8 posted on 01/02/2010 10:21:24 AM PST by tubebender (Some minds are like concrete Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If Obama were to exercise sound judgment unclouded by leftism, he would win over many critics. Is he capable of such a change?


9 posted on 01/02/2010 10:21:58 AM PST by Tax Government (Democrats: dealers in economic crack.)
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To: All; Jet Jaguar
Related thread:

GOP Seizes on Security as Issue

10 posted on 01/02/2010 10:22:07 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Its an election year and Obama will swing to the right.


11 posted on 01/02/2010 10:23:05 AM PST by Keflavik76
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Be careful on this one.
The thought of Zero pumping up this to further erode our Freedoms is reason for pause.
“Never let a good crisis go to waste”
all of a sudden Zero becomes a terrorist fighter.
Yeah on the side of the terrorists.


12 posted on 01/02/2010 10:23:17 AM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He fails to realize that America is unified. He is “The One” that is not part of the realization that WE ARE AT WAR.


13 posted on 01/02/2010 10:24:50 AM PST by vg0va3 (I don't plan to quit the fight until it is finally over.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
It's only an affiliate. ;-)

US President Barack Obama pictured in a store in Kailua, Hawaii, on January 1. Obama on Saturday for the first time accused an Al-Qaeda affiliate of arming and training a young Nigerian man for a failed suicide mission to blow up a US airliner. (AFP/Jewel Samad)


14 posted on 01/02/2010 10:25:21 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: All
And :

Plot Exposes Fissure In U.S. Intelligence Community (Flight 253 Bomb Plot )

15 posted on 01/02/2010 10:25:43 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So if we’re at “war” is the “alleged” panty bombernow to be considered an enemy combatant or just a poor, lonely misguided young man?


16 posted on 01/02/2010 10:25:52 AM PST by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
So instead of a War on Terror we have a War on Hatred and Violence. I guess if you're a 'rat that's some kind of progress.
17 posted on 01/02/2010 10:27:52 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

How special. How gullible are the American people? Now that the poll numbers reflecting his handling of security are down , and his vacation is winding down (and he has had the benefit of sun and surf for 2 weeks for $4,000/day—who paid for that?!), he really cares and is thinking about our security “every moment.” Just amazing.


18 posted on 01/02/2010 10:27:59 AM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He is trying to immulate Bush and get the focus on this and slip through the ObamaCare and Cap&Trade.

He really does not care. Like Rahm has said “never let a crisis...”


19 posted on 01/02/2010 10:28:09 AM PST by mmanager (It is time to prune the tree.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
...he thinks of the security of the US “every moment of every day.”


20 posted on 01/02/2010 10:28:23 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL...That appears to be a confused look on his face.....


21 posted on 01/02/2010 10:28:25 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
This is all fine, well and good. But my question is what is he gonna DO about it? Blah, blah, blah is okay. But what is he gonna DO about it? Getting reports and searching for the guilty intelligence parties is cool. But what is he gonna DO about it? Playing terrorist catchup after the fact by installing full body scanners at Newark airport is typical bureaucrat. But what is he gonna DO about it?

How 'bout carpet bombing Yemen? If he's so sure the threat came from there, why not cross it off the list of possibilities?

22 posted on 01/02/2010 10:29:35 AM PST by upchuck (The cesspools MUST be pumped out when we go to the polls in November, 2010. No more RINOS!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
WAR - GOOD G-D GEORGE! WHAT IS GOOD FOR? NOTH'N! Thanks, I have the song in my head now.
23 posted on 01/02/2010 10:30:51 AM PST by mmanager (It is time to prune the tree.)
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To: tubebender
It's getting interesting....maybe a reversal in Obama's foreign policy...guess we will see....

His far left supporting "Hate America" crowd are gonna be upset if that happens!

Maybe he read what Cheney said!

24 posted on 01/02/2010 10:31:35 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If we are at war, this man wouldn’t have beem mirandized, been given an expensive public defender and clammed up to protect his 5th Amendment “right” against self-incrimination. Just because Obama claims war, doesn’t mean he is acting like it is so.


25 posted on 01/02/2010 10:31:40 AM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: Tax Government

If Obama were to exercise sound judgment unclouded by leftism, he would win over many critics. Is he capable of such a change?


It is doubtful Obama can change his leftist stripes. Like Jimmy Carter, Obama is so steeped in his marxist idealogue that changing course is an impossibility.


26 posted on 01/02/2010 10:31:54 AM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Right after 9/11 we had national unity and Bush did what he could to promote it. We all watched as the left steadily chipped away at that unity all because at the time everyone was rallying around Bush. Now fast forward to 2009, and we have the most divisive president (I shudder to call him that) in my memory and he calls for national unity. Two words Soetoro: Pound Sand!!!
27 posted on 01/02/2010 10:33:35 AM PST by YankeeReb (Pray for 0bama Psalm 109:8 ; May his days be short. May another take his office.)
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To: Keflavik76

Exactly!

Obama Script: National Unity and a War on Terror for 2010...(campaign scheduled to end in late fall).

I think a lot of us have already included the declaration of “war” in our New Year’s Resolutions.

Obama/Reid/Pelosi/Napalotano/Geithner/Czars have provided more than enough information for NATIONAL UNITY!

Sic Semper Tyrannis!!!


28 posted on 01/02/2010 10:34:59 AM PST by Voter62vb
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

and against his muslim faith as he will be attacking his brothers...

or at least thats what the guise is.


29 posted on 01/02/2010 10:36:07 AM PST by himno hero
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To: YankeeReb

He needs to show some performance some where other than just in front of the Teleprompter!


30 posted on 01/02/2010 10:36:20 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

BS! It’s not Al Queda. it’s a lone extremist.

President Obama told me so the day after it happened.

This must be a *different* guy who also happens to be called Obama, because my president would NEVER lie!


31 posted on 01/02/2010 10:37:57 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama will be demanding Congress must pass and we must accept everything he wants “to show unity”.


32 posted on 01/02/2010 10:39:35 AM PST by rod1
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Calling it ‘war’, Obama pegs Christmas Day attack to Al Qaeda ( calls for national unity )

Obama administration's Janet Nepalitano's Homeland Security agency targets "Right Wingers"

KMA, leftist trash.

33 posted on 01/02/2010 10:40:17 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: YankeeReb

Amen, YankeeReb.

I will never forget the ATTACK on America the Democrats displayed because they interpeted our national unity after 911 as “too much support for Bush”.

(Note the way Sara Palin in endlessly attacked.)

The Tea Parties must strengthen in principle and activity during the vital year so that career politians FEAR the will of the people.


34 posted on 01/02/2010 10:41:10 AM PST by Voter62vb
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The only unity he wants is with his Muzzie brethren.


35 posted on 01/02/2010 10:43:04 AM PST by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Related...

http://exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/2010/01/obama-links-christmas-day-terrorist.html


36 posted on 01/02/2010 10:47:03 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: bushwon

Yes.

Is this the same SOB that told us Americans how we need to get along with less, that executives can’t fly, and that dresses down in the strict “casual uniform” of the leftist elites???!!!!

Demagogues for the class wars Obama and Peolsi vacation in Hawaii!

How incredibly RICH!!!

Obama the snoballer.


37 posted on 01/02/2010 10:47:11 AM PST by Voter62vb
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To: BunnySlippers

He is really slow or just thought he had a truce with Al Qaeda as he dismantles this country within. I think that is why he took so long to acknowledge Al Qaeda because he thought there was no way it was them because they have a silent agreement in place.


38 posted on 01/02/2010 10:49:47 AM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: BunnySlippers

His handlers had to get results of polling no doubt.


39 posted on 01/02/2010 10:51:00 AM PST by glorgau
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To: Keflavik76
Swing? That dude is going to break the sound barrier rushing back from the far left just to reach the "middle".

The media is going to REALLY have their work cut out for them in 2010. Everything over the past 12 months has been about expanding Government to take "care of the people". Flight 253 comes along and there is basically silence from the Executive branch for three days. That sent a subtle message to the masses (whether they actively comprehend it or not); "Your on your own".

Curious point as well, I saw an economist on Fox News yesterday. He said "Jobs Growth" is primarily in the Health, Insurance and Gov't sectors. Taking those as a whole, the only growth is for Gov't.

40 posted on 01/02/2010 10:54:09 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If the Great Appeaser really believes that we are at war, then he should admit that the civilian trial of KSM was a mistake and refer him to a military tribunal.

Anything else is just the churning of the White House press room.


41 posted on 01/02/2010 10:55:35 AM PST by mojito
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
in essence taking responsibility...

In a deniable sort of way.

42 posted on 01/02/2010 10:56:24 AM PST by glorgau
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Keep running, 0bama. The end of that parade will soon be in sight. Maybe, some day, you will be leading


43 posted on 01/02/2010 10:56:30 AM PST by Steven Tyler
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
He calls for national unity

He can shove his unity where the sun doesn't shine!

Maybe he can call off his Chicago thugs if he wants unity. He could also shut up and get to work! I remember Pres. Bush caught hell for taking a few days to chop down brush and this a-hole has done nothing but golf, travel and make speeches.

44 posted on 01/02/2010 11:00:10 AM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

War? How can this be “war” when they said it wasn’t war? What’s next??? Terrorists? nobama is WAY above pay grade.


45 posted on 01/02/2010 11:09:01 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: Steven Tyler

ROFL!!


46 posted on 01/02/2010 11:13:27 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: NormsRevenge
A young Algerian MUSLIM man......

This is all about jihad...to leave out the Muslim part is not doing justice to the History of the World which should make special note of it....

47 posted on 01/02/2010 11:14:58 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

this is so easy to understand.

When terrorists attack us and Republicans are in charge it is a criminal matter.

When terrorists attack us and Democrats are in charge it is war.

What is so hard to understand people? /s


48 posted on 01/02/2010 11:15:36 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: All; Saije
Related thread:

Barack Obama is vulnerable on terror – and he knows it

**********************EXCERPT INTRO*****************************

In his weekly radio address yesterday, President Barack Obama patted himself on the back for having "refocused the fight - bringing to a responsible end the war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks".

He then told people to remember that "our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans", before decrying "fear and cynicism" and "partisanship and division" - the code phrases for horrid Republicans used during his 2008 election campaign.

Complacency, faux moralising and partisan shots at Republicans. It was a neat summary of where Obama is going wrong after the Christmas Day debacle when the Nigerian knicker bomber managed to waltz onto a Detroit-bound flight.

49 posted on 01/02/2010 11:27:25 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama is coming kinda late to the “unity” camp. What about the last 8 years? Seems like if this demands unity, those years also demanded unity.


50 posted on 01/02/2010 11:42:10 AM PST by Brilliant
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