Thursday, January 7, 2010

Meet Obama’s scapegoat for the Panty Bomber Blunder, Michael Leiter

People have been expecting someone’s head to roll in the administration for the complete mishandling of events leading up to and after the Panty Bomber’s failed attempt.  Meet Michael Leiter director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Leiter was on a ski vacation when he learned of the failed attack. Rather than return to duty, Leiter took a page from Obama and remained on his vacation as well!

From the New York Daily News
WASHINGTON - The top official in charge of analyzing terror threats did not cut short his ski vacation after the underwear bomber nearly blew up an airliner on Christmas Day, the Daily News has learned.
Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center since 2007, decided not to return to his agency's "bat cave" nerve center in McLean, Va., until several days after Christmas, two U.S. officials said.
"People have been grumbling that he didn't let a little terrorism interrupt his vacation," said one of the sources.
The NCTC, the post-9/11 clearinghouse for intelligence to detect terror plots against the U.S., is under intense scrutiny for failing to "connect the dots" on Nigerianbomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
Leiter's spokesman declined to say when the terror-center chief returned to Washington and fully retook the helm of his analysis agency, which is near CIAheadquarters just outside the nation's capital.
If failing to cut his vacation short wasn’t reason enough reason to can Leiter, then his being appointed under the Bush administration certainly is. We all know how much this administration is addicted to “Blame Bush” excuse.

Bush appointee or not, Leiter sounds like he needs to end up under Obama’s busy bus right along with that clown Janet Napolitano. Leiter sounds like he has already surrendered in the War on Terror. In a recent interview with NPR, Leiter had this to say:

That same day, National Public Radio had aired an interview - taped before Christmas - in which Leiter said it is "harder and harder for us to detect" Al Qaeda's improved capabilities.
"We're not going to stop every attack," he predicted, ominously. "Americans have to very much understand that it is impossible to stop every terrorist event. But we have to do our best."
So in other words, why knock yourself out? Hit the Black Diamonds and have a very Merry Christmas! Read the full story, and tell me what you think.


Fuzzy Slippers said...

Agreed, time to rev up the bus. BUT there is something to be said for leadership. I mean BO shuffles to the microphone, no tie, three days after the event (just before he dashes off for a game of golf or to go surfing or whatever), and he really expects his team to behave with professionalism and to take something seriously that he himself doesn't? Hmph!

trinity said...

Of course there has to be a scapegoat. This is the only thing Obama is good at...blaming other people for his mistakes. Somebody should send Obama one of those signs like Truman had on his desk that said...The buck stops here. When your President, the sh*t rolls up hill, not down.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

You know, if any one of us didn't return to work after holidays, we'd lose our jobs. In Leiter's case, he was thrown under the proverbial bus, a typical Obamaian response to embarrassment.
The whole system is messed up and Leiter is just one example of it.

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