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Don’t worry about image; worry about protecting us

Don’t worry about image; worry about protecting us

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 8:01 pm
By: Glen Spicer Special to the Messenger

 By GLEN SPICER Is it too much to ask for the government to get serious about the threat of terrorism in the United States? It seems that the politically correct administration of Barack Obama cares more about hurting the feelings of terrorists and those who profess their rabid hatred for America than protecting the Americans he is supposed to be protecting. It appears that this entire administration is more concerned with image than effectiveness. After the latest incident involving the attempted bombing of the airplane headed into Detroit by an incompetent suicide bomber, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano stated that the system “worked.” How arrogant and foolish was that statement? It was the bomber’s own inability to carry out his mission that failed. The system allowed him to get through security with a bomb taped to his underwear. It was the system that allowed a man flagged as a possible threat to board a plane to the United States in the first place. The system failed and 300 people were seconds away from dying. Only by sheer luck was this disaster avoided, not because of an effective system. I wonder if Napolitano even knows what the term “homeland security” means. Perhaps it has to do with making the homeland more secure, you think? Janet Napolitano has shown her obvious lack of concern for the safety of America and she needs to be replaced. She is more concerned about claiming a faux victory for the “system” and status quo than she is about making sure we are safe. She needs to be replaced with someone who will admit to faults in the way things are done and honestly change them immediately, someone whose honesty will cause them to address the real issues and find the real solutions, not ignore the facts to hide their own incompetence. And in that lies the biggest threat to the safety of Americans everywhere — the lack of honesty. Only be being honest can anyone respond effectively with radical terrorists. Certainly allowing people such as this to slip through the cracks is not just a flaw in the system, but a crime. We have had enough dishonesty in the Obama White House and only by a fluke are we not mourning the deaths of hundreds right now. President Obama still gives lip service to his campaign promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay which is simply a move to appease the rest of the world and leave us at risk. It is an attempt to make the world’s haters of America somehow find love for us in their hearts. It is foolish and devoid of common sense. But then common sense has never been a strength in Washington, especially since the last election. To date, 74 detainees that have been released from Gitmo are known to be back at the business of killing and plotting to kill Americans. How does that show the center needs to be closed and detainees released? It proves the opposite. These men are prisoners of war and need to be detained as such until the end of the war, which is likely to never come. So then, hold them forever or deal with them honestly. Yemen is rapidly becoming a dangerous training ground and launching pad for terrorist attacks against the U.S. and as such needs to be the focus of this administration. But I don’t see that happening in this era of political correctness, second-guessing and stalling in making decisions in the war on terror. Adding Yemen to the growing list of places we need to confront is not high on the list of priorities of this administration. They fall somewhere behind, Conga lines, Wednesday night parties at the White House, golf outings, vacations at Martha’s Vineyard and Hawaii and flying around the world making empty speeches. The White House’s attitude toward terrorism shows its lack of taking responsibility in the fight. Obama wants it called an “Overseas Contingency” not a “War on Terror.” Terrorist acts of suicide and the murder of innocents are considered by the White House as “Man-made disasters” not acts of terrorism. This is foolishness and dishonest at best. If they cannot be honest enough to call it what it is and to identify the group of people that are perpetrating these heinous acts, then they will never be effective in dealing with them. The result will be more American lives lost all in the name of appeasement, turning our heads and political correctness. Do we tell an alcoholic that he can solve his problem by pretending it does not exist? Do we tell a drug addict that if they just refuse to admit their addiction that it’ll all go away? Do we tell people engaged in dangerous activities that there is no danger and God speed? That is the approach of this administration concerning terrorism. President Obama embarrassed this nation and angered the families of the Fort Hood terrorist act when he was more concerned about socializing with this audience than he was addressing the actions of a known Islamic radical. He could not even find it in his heart to call it an act of terrorism even though Major Hasan shouted, “Allahu Ackbar,” as he began his rampage. His inability to act as competent Commander in Chief is a disgrace. This inability to deal with the threat of terrorism and the threats against the people of this country proves the inexperience of this president and his inability to lead with honesty. And until and unless President Obama and his appointees decide to be honest about the situation, it will never be dealt with effectively. Are we to simply hold our breath and hope that the next bomb fizzles instead of explodes? Are we to engage in wishful thinking and hope it is enough? This White House thinks so. Incompetence in this battle will cost American lives, and worldwide it does every day. Umar Farouk Abdul-mutallab, the failed bomber of last week, should be held and tried as a military combatant not a civilian because his actions were a continuance of the war declared upon the United States and failure to do so once again shows this government’s inability to be honest with the American people. The civilian trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammad in civilian court in New York is another example that this Democratic White House has no clue how to fight a war or to even recognize that we are in one. With the Fort Hood shooting, the killing on the military base in Arkansas, this attempted bombing over American soil, how many wake-up calls will it take to stir this administration out of its slumber? How many Americans will be laid to rest before this resident has the nerve to throw political correctness in the garbage where it belongs and begins to identify the soldiers in this war against us? Our own FBI estimates that there are 200 training sites in America where terrorists are taught to kill and disrupt our way of life and still we will not be honest enough to root them out and call them what they are. The surest way to lose a war is to pretend that we are not in one. Profiling of an enemy is the only way to identify that enemy, especially when we know what 99 percent of them look like and where they come from. Some discrimination will be necessary and hurt feelings will result, but seeing the bigger picture of saving lives is paramount to success. Yet, we are too shy when it comes to admitting the true danger of the Islamic threat to America. And to be honest about it, identifying an enemy is the first step to resisting and eliminating him. Everything else is just an unfocused, ineffective and wasted shot in the dark. Glen Spicer, a Troy resident, is a longtime contributor to The Messenger. Published in The Messenger 1.6.10

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