During a press conference, Janet Napolitano, the head of Homeland Security, admits that she is "surprised by al-Qaeda's determination". Where in heavens name has this woman been for the past 8 years? Was she out of the country when we were attacked on 9/11? Has she picked up a newspaper in the past 8 years?
It really has to make one wonder what was the Obama administration thinking? Is it that they believed that they would take office, make nice with the Middle East and everything would be fine? Simply doing the opposite of President Bush is not making us any safer now is it?
The reality is that the problems that led to 9/11 can be traced back to at least the Carter administration. President Carter's inability to deal with the hostages that were held in Iran for more than 400 days emboldened the jihadists that America was weak. President Reagan made them believe more profoundly when he pulled out the troops in Beriut after the bombing of the Marine Barracks. President Clinton did the same things with the decisions that were made about Somalia, and after the attacks on the African embassies and the USS Cole bombing. The reality is we did nothing after the Cole was bombed. President Clinton viewed it as criminal matter. I heard him interviewed after his biography came out and he said that they didn't have enough evidence to convict him in a court of law. While that may be true, the evidence was clear that he did it, they were just not able to have a chain of evidence that would hold up in court. The pre 9/11 mentality. When we are going to start listening to Usama bin Laden? He has made it very clear that he feels that we are weak, and not prepared to stay the fight. They believe that they can wait us out.
The woman that President Obama put in charge of protecting the homeland is "surprised"? This should outrage every American regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum. These are people who use children and women as shields. These are people who send kids to blow themselves up. These are people who mutilated our servicemen. These are people who beat women for showing strands of hair in public. These are people who throw acid in the faces of young girls who are doing nothing more than trying to get an education and better their lot in life. These are people who are still fighting a war that ended in the 1600's.
The chorus for this woman to resign needs to get louder and louder. A person who is surprised that they would send a bomb on plane is utterly and profoundly unqualified for this position. This is the person that President Obama put in charge of keeping our country safe? That is only the surprise.