January 7th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Giuliani: Obama needs 'major correction' on terror response

(CNN) - Echoing other high profile conservatives in the wake of the attempted Christmas Day terrorism attack, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN Wednesday President Obama waited far too long to react to the botched bombing and needs to make a "major correction" in the way he is dealing with terrorism.

Speaking on CNN's Larry King Live, Giuliani said the time it took the president to react to the attempted attack may "convince our enemies we are not ready."

President Obama first addressed the issue from his vacation spot in Hawaii three days after the attempted attack, calling for a complete review of the incident and the country's airline security policies. He then gave a public assessment of those reviews in a statement Tuesday, saying they had uncovered that "U.S. intelligence had uncovered numerous "red flags" prior to the attack."

"All this is ten days too late," Giuliani said. "This something you react to immediately. Not after your vacation. The president of the United States, when there is a potential massive attack on the country, should have been on top of it immediately."

Giuliani, who late last month announced he would not run for either governor or senator in New York this year, also faulted the administration for not classifying the bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as an enemy combatant.

"The minute you [don't designate him an enemy combatant], you cut off the ability to question him," Giuliani said. "I don't know the inside story. He was talking until he went out and got him a lawyer. You want to talk to this guy for a month. You want to keep him for a month or two get to get you a the intelligence he is going give you."

Giuliani's comments closely echo those of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who released a statement saying the president is pretending there is not a war on terrorism.

Speaking to Larry King, Giuliani defended Cheney's criticisms, though said he disagreed with some of them.

"Nobody was concerned about that when everybody criticized President Bush day in and day out including testimonies calling him names when he was trying to prosecute the war in Iraq, and Vice President Cheney is entitled to his view."

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  1. Matt from UT

    Rudy is correct. Obama and most of his democratic comrades (Pelosi...) have weakened our security by attacking our own CIA, apologizing to everyone (including enemies of the United States) and refusing to secure our own borders (much like the last president).

    Not only are his security policies killing us, but his social and economic policies are dragging us down. Really, do we need to keep spending money that we don't have? Do we need to quickly (and corruptly) pass an expensive, but useless 'healthcare' bill for historical reasons, rather than for the benefit of the citizens ($2.5T and still doesn't hit the goals of healthcare for everyone–15M excluded or lowering premiums).

    Obama needs to sit back and rediscover what is important for America. If he does, he'll realize that it isn't his zany ideology.

    January 7, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Dorky

    Right, Rudy....I agree, a full 3 extra days of meaningless posturing, braggadocio, and general John Wayne machismo would have sent AQ the message that we mean business.....

    January 7, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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