Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Yemen Connection

What do Major Dr. Hasan, Fort Hood mass murderer, and Mr. Nigerian Hot Pants, Northwest Airlines failed mass murderer, have in common? Quite a lot it seems, according to ABC News:
Investigators believe Abdulmutallab was connected to al Qaeda by the same radical imam, American-born Anwar Awlaki, who is linked to the American Army major accused of opening fire at Fort Hood in November. 
As in the case of Major Dr. Hasan, there were all sorts of warning signs prior to the incident:
Abdulmutallab was on a terrorism watch list, but not on a no-fly list. Said [former anti-terrorism Czar and ABC News consultant Richard] Clarke, "So once again, we have the U.S. government, as in the case of the Fort Hood attacks, knowing about someone, knowing that they were suspicious, but that information didn't get to the right people in time."
And who, exactly, were "the right people"? Janet Napolitano? Barack Obama? The idea that the info didn't get to "the right people" in time is utter bollocks. The info was there plain as day, but for some reason--political correctness, concerns about "racial profiling," stupidity, cowardice, all of the above--authorities chose to ignore it.
What do you suggest we do about that, Dick?


Anonymous said...

Hey Scaramouche - long time no chat!
Asking Richard Holbrooke for terrorism advice is always a really GREAT idea; if you do exactly the opposite of what he suggests, you'll have it righ!

Anonymous said...

Shoot, sorry Scaramouche, I meant Richard Clarke, though I sure would like to see Holbrooke retire; hard to give GOOD advice (see Afghanistan) when all of your terrorist or "military advice" is predicated on your partisan political position.

scaramouche said...

Hi realwest. Thanks for dropping in. How you been?