December 29th, 2009
10:59 AM ET
9 years ago

The return of terror politics

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Peter Hoekstra posted a message on Twitter accusing the administration of 'stonewalling.'"]Washington (CNN) - When President Obama spoke out on the terrorism scare in Detroit, Michigan, he entered a debate that had already begun over his administration's new approach to combating terrorism.

"As a nation we will do everything in our power to protect our country," Obama said while vacationing in Hawaii. "We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland."

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is being held for allegedly trying to blow up a flight carrying 300 passengers on Christmas Day. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility Monday for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for U.S. strikes on Yemeni soil.

On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano initially gave something of a thumbs up to the government's handling of the Detroit terror scare.

"One thing I want to point out is that the system worked. Everybody played an important role here. The passengers and crew of the flight took appropriate action," Napolitano said on CNN's State of the Union.

Within minutes, Republicans went on the attack.

"Earlier today Secretary Napolitano said the system worked. in fact the system did not work," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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  1. Tim

    Why does it surprise anyone that a man who was sympathetic to the Reverend Wright'santi-American views doesn't feel the need to immediately chastise other anti-American views spouted by other fanaticals?

    December 29, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |

    Republicans go on attack really? arent they the ones that were in power when 911 happen? so they should shut their pie holes!!!!!!

    December 29, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. rick Atlanta

    why do I get the filling the GOP wanted the terrorist to succeed in killing 300 people?

    December 29, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Tim

    When will the MSM investigate how the WH found out about other's involvement in this attack. If this terrorist is a common criminal, he has to be read his miranda rights and be given the right to call his lawyer. There is zero chance that his lawyer would allow him to talk.

    Either investigate the farce known as the Obama doctrine, or be part of the farce. I know which you will choose.

    December 29, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Steve/Boston

    Come now. Let's get real, and acknowledge the truth; that no system is perfect, and by the way, just for the record, the attacks of 9/11 occurred on the Repubs watch, during a presidency that actually ignored credible information of an imminent attack to the WTC by terrorists.

    Do any of us still believe that we can do much more than the best we can, and try to anticipate next moves?

    Please Mr. Republicans, try and play fair, even if you can't play with integrity and civility.

    December 29, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. DALE

    Repubs are correct, the system did not work, however they fail to note that this is the system that they set up with help from the village idiot from Texas. Now like everything else Bush did we'll have to go back rework it to make it useable. The Repubs are the best at blaming everyone else for their actions though, you have to give them that.

    December 29, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. kd

    Terror politics?!? The guy had a teensie explosive sewn in his underwear! People (read, Republicans), get a grip!

    No one is saying what damage it would have done had it gone off, which makes me think it had all the 'power' of a string of firecrackers. This guy was a delusional joke.

    December 29, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. R in Maine

    The only problem for these Republicans is that they would really prefer that the bomber had succeeded so that they could manufacture a campaign issue. They do not care about the people or about the country, they just want a talking point. These are not patriotic Americans.

    December 29, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Tim

    Bush was criticized for taking less than an hour to gather his thoughts on 9-11. Obama get's a pass for taking 3 days to respond.

    Go figure. Think there may be MSM bias?

    December 29, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Mark

    Janet Napolitano should be fired, she doesn't have a clue of what to do. Having a loser like this in charge of our national security is dangerous. What is her claim to fame before this appointment besides putting red light cameras all over Arizona?

    Looks like the muslim that tried to blow up the airliner on Christmas day will be given all protections that a citizen of America gets, he's already asked for a court appointed lawyer.

    Maybe Interpol will help, obama signed an order last week giving them immunity to operate as they wish in America. Can they now arrest Americans and take them to other countries to stand trial?

    December 29, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Brilliant! By declaring war on "terror" we can maintain a state of war indefinitely by constantly redefining who and where the terrorists are. Our corporate masters are very pleased. They'd better get crackin', though. After all, they've got a natural gas pipeline to build in Afghanistan before we invade the next country. I've got twenty bucks on Yemen. Any takers? Have a nice day!

    December 29, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Mike1952

    Under Wingnuts' change in terrorism strategy we'll be open to attack of all kinds at any time. This is just the beginning. He's put us right back where we were before 9/11/2001. The next president will have to deal with the neglect as Bush did. And more innocent people will have to die for no reason. This terrorist would have succeeded except for some malfunction in his bomb. What if he had? He'll get another chance after Wingnut has his way.

    December 29, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Tim

    So what's better, having the rest of the world angry at America as it was under the Bush administration, or having the rest of the world laugh at America, as it is under the Obama administration.

    Frankly, I could care less about the anger in the rest of the world. It was faux anger, and based in jealousy.

    December 29, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Republicans are Lunatics

    I hope this doesn't signal a return to knee-jerk fear politics as a result. The more the government erodes rights in the name of combating terror, the more the terrorists win.

    We've done nothing more than created a game by which the terrorists want to try and win by defeating our system. It's unfortunate that they are ultimately succeeding in undermining the very fabric of justice our country was founded on.

    Shame on the Republicans for furthering the agenda of terrorists.

    December 29, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I'm suprised Dick Cheney has not made an appearence yet over this subject. The Repubs would have gone on the attack no matter which way this thing went because really that is all they know how to do. Some act as though they wish the country would have a real attack so they can say "I told you so". Guess it really doesn't matter that the subject did NOT board the aircraft in the US but in both Nigeria and Holland, but it's Obama's fault I guess that the TSA has no power over there.

    December 29, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. dennis

    Ok dummy if the system is working why did he get on the palne with a bomb. Is obama that stupid...

    December 29, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Carl

    Memo to the Homeland Security Secretary: Hey lady,,,The system did NOT work! The terrorist got ON the plane. Thanks to the brave passengers aboard the flight, he was unsuccessful in blowing a hole in the airliner over Detroit and crashing it. How is it that a 22 year old Nigerian can pay CASH for his flight...NOT check in any baggage and still NOT alert any suspicions? Why was this guy not tagged for questioning after his own father warned American officials at the embassy in Nigeria about his son? Someone needs to LOSE THEIR JOB...and the rest need to FIX IT so this does not happen again. No one lost their job after 9/11. In fact, Bush gave commendations to those in charge...and therefore most responsible. How many MORE innocent Americans must die before they get it right? Stop this dithering and PROTECT THE HOMELAND...or just GO HOME and let others who are more capable deal with the problem!

    December 29, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. MatthewDetroit

    You are WEAK barack. Very very weak.

    This guy should be charged under military law.
    He is attacking the country of the United States of America.

    You are trying to treat him as a common criminal. Big Mistake.

    George Bush would have this guy down in Gitmo talking to the CIA.
    That is where he should be.

    You have made the country vulnerable. You will get more Americans killed because you are weak and Arrogant. Mostly arrogance which makes you naive and weak.

    Lousy president and a lousy representative of a man. Maybe your wife should be making the decisions for you.

    December 29, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. MatthewDetroit

    Trying to be friends with IRAN did not work either.
    Again it just made us look weak.

    December 29, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. nathan smith ga

    the attack that killed thousands of americans happend under republicans under this president we stopped the attack. so now its a fact we are safer under democrat leadership.

    December 29, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. MatthewDetroit

    Funny how this idiot barack is still learning on the job.

    Nice fresh approach to national security..."stupidity".

    December 29, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. sammieb51

    And what would the party of NO do? How would they have prevented this from happening? Especially since this is the same chemical that the "shoe bomber" used and the Bush Administration did NOTHING to effectively detect this substance on passengers .... unless we are all up for hte full body scan now.

    December 29, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Sadie

    Maybe the system would have worked if the Republicans hadn't voted against a bill that would have given more money to support the Homeland Security Bill, but they are the party of NO when it comes to anything the Democrats or the President want to the Republicans are as much to blame as they are trying to blame everyone else.........this will come back to hurt the GOP if they continue to pursue down this path........

    December 29, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    You gotta admit... he sounded a lot like Bush.

    December 29, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Reminder

    Reminder: 9/11 happened when a Republican President was in office.

    December 29, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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