The Pentagon long ago made a cliché of the phrase, “Failure is not an option.” Barack Obama’s anti-terrorism crew believes failure is not only optional but inevitable – and Americans need to get over it.
Michael Leiter, head of the National Counterterrorism Center, told a conference on intelligence reform, “We’re not going to have a perfect batting average, and it’s important that Americans understand that.” Not to worry, though; the opening line of the story states Leiter believes we can bounce back from another 9/11 or two. The key is to take the terrorist blasts with a happy face. “It’s important that we approach this with national resilience that in fact shows that this country is not going to be defeated by” terrorists, Leiter told the (presumably) increasingly nervous crowd. Instead, we must tell those nasty Muslim fanatics they will not be “cutting into the fabric of our society.” What we have to do, Leiter concluded, is “put the threat in perspective.”
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Were this one loose-lipped, harebrained security official, it would be concerning enough. Unfortunately, this seems to be official policy. Obama told Bob Woodward during a July interview for his new book, Obama’s Wars, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever…we absorbed it, and we are stronger.”
He could only call a nuclear attack on U.S. soil “a potential game changer.” In the president’s mind, a mushroom cloud over Hollywood is no different than a turnover in fourth quarter.
President George W. Bush, for his (considerable) failings, vowed to wake up every morning and go to sleep every night thinking about America’s safety – and he did so every day from September 11, 2001, to January 20, 2009. Barack Obama and his “defense” team seem obsessed with preparing the American people for a terrorist assault and preprogramming them not to take it too seriously. Only redistributing other people’s money excites his passion.
His continual signs of weakness invite a deadly response.