Skip to comments.Susan Collins Destroys Obama on War on Terror in GOP Weekly Radio Address
Posted on 01/30/2010 6:39:33 AM PST by kristinn
Maine Senator Susan Collins totally destroys Barack Obama over his administration's conduct of the war on terror in the Republican weekly radio address.
No need to elaborate. Read the text for a masterful take down of Obama.
Less than one hour. Thats right, less than one hour.
In fact, just fifty minutes.
Thats the amount of time that the FBI spent questioning Abdulmutallab, the foreign terrorist who tried to blow up a plane on Christmas Day.
Then, he was given a Miranda warning and a lawyer, and, not surprisingly, he stopped talking.
How did we get to this point? How did the Obama administration decide to treat a foreign terrorist, who had tried to murder hundreds of people, as if he were a common criminal?
On Christmas Day, the skies above Detroit became a battleground in the War on Terrorism.
That day the bomb being carried by Abdulmutallab failed to detonate. Thanks to the courageous action of the passengers and crew, nearly 300 lives were saved on the plane and more lives were spared on the ground.
The governments security system, a front line in the war against terrorists, failed long before Abdulmutallab boarded his flight to the United States.
It failed when his visa wasnt revoked, even though his father had warned our embassy in Nigeria about his sons ties to Islamic extremists.
It failed when the intelligence community was unable to connect the dots that would have placed Abdulmutallab on the terrorist watchlist.
It failed when this terrorist stepped on to the plane in Amsterdam with the same explosive used by the Shoe Bomber, Richard Reid, more than 8 years ago.
But, today, I want to discuss another failure a failure that occurred after Abdulmutallab had already been detained by authorities in Detroit an error that undoubtedly prevented the collection of valuable intelligence about future terrorist threats to our country.
This failure occurred when the Obama Justice Department unilaterally decided to treat this foreign terrorist as an ordinary criminal.
Abdulmutallab was questioned for less than one hour before the Justice Department advised him that he could remain silent and offered him an attorney at our expense.
Once afforded the protection our Constitution guarantees American citizens, this foreign terrorist lawyered up and stopped talking.
When the Obama administration decided to treat Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal, it did so without the input of our nations top intelligence officials.
The Director of National Intelligence was not consulted.
The Secretary of Defense was not consulted.
The Secretary of Homeland Security was not consulted.
The Director of the National Counterterrorism Center was not consulted.
They would have explained the importance of gathering all possible intelligence about Yemen, where there is a serious threat from terrorists whose sights are trained on this nation. They would have explained the critical nature of learning all we could from Abdulmutallab. But they were never asked.
President Obama recently used the phrase that we are at war with terrorists. But unfortunately his rhetoric does not match the actions of his administration.
The Obama administration appears to have a blind spot when it comes to the War on Terrorism.
And, because of that blindness, this administration cannot see a foreign terrorist even when he stands right in front of them, fresh from an attempt to blow a plane out of the sky on Christmas Day.
Theres no other way to explain the irresponsible, indeed dangerous, decision on Abdulmutallabs interrogation. Theres no other way to explain the inconceivable treatment of him as if he were a common criminal.
This charade must stop. Foreign terrorists are enemy combatants and they must be treated as such. The safety of the American people depends on it.
Im Senator Susan Collins from Maine. Thank you for listening.
Just exactly what are we “getting” for our taxes...and grandchildren’s debt slavery from DC?!!
Good news for a change.
Maybe the GOP is getting it together. This dovetails off of the Scott Brown win were some pollsters data noted the folks in MA were more livid about KSM coming to NY for a trial than even health care.
Must be getting pretty bad out there for Obama when people of his own Progressive party are doing GOP Weekly radio address’s.
She is right, spot on with her comments. Is it possible that even RINO's are awake and speaking out?
Massachusetts has made all the finger lickers look up from their desk.
What did she imagine she'd get?
Miss Susan the preschool teacher smacks down obama on national security? LOL! There goes her dinner invite to the WH.
Elections do have consequences, don’t they.
Going hawkish on the WOT provides some political cover for her liberal stances elsewhere.
The good senator asks early on how we got to this point. Someone should hand her a mirror and point out the reason. Simply because she is right on one point doesn’t mean this RINO is cause for celebration. She and Maine’s other week kneed sister are part of the problem and not part of the solution.
Welcome to the Revolution, Susan!
Let this be a lesson to our side. There are certain areas of the country which are overrun by liberals, like here in Maine, and the best we can hope for is someone like Collins. A true conservative would never get elected here, like it or not. It may not be perfect nationally, but I’ll take Collins or Snowe, because, Number One, they vote for a Republican as Senate Leader, not Harry Reid. Everything else is gravy.
Way to go Senator Collins! She is 100% right.
I think it is more profound than Scott Brown’s win. The underwear bomber failed to bring down the plane. But he sure as heck brought down the Obama counterterrorism policy, by revealing just how absurd and inept the entire outfit is. I don’t see Collin’s conversion as political, but instead as a belated awakening that these pinheads represent an actual hazard to this country.
A lot of pundits thought the Dems were going to take her seat in 2008 because of the Obama tidal wave. Fortunately for Collins her opponent was about as competent as Martha Coakley.
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