Saturday, January 2, 2010

Obama briefed on terror attacks 3 days before Christmas

Newsweek has a story up about Obama receiving a report on possible Christmas day terror attacks 3 days before the Underpants Bomber struck. Seeing how this information was “leaked” by an “unnamed administration  official” I would take it with a grain of salt.

From Newsweek [emphasis added mine]:

President Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible holiday-period terrorist threats against the U.S., NEWSWEEK has learned. The briefing was centered on a written report, produced by U.S. intelligence agencies, titled "Key Homeland Threats," a senior U.S. official says.
The administration official, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, says that nowhere in this document was there any mention of Yemen, whose affiliate of Al Qaeda is now believed to have been behind the Christmas Day attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bring down a transatlantic airliner with a bomb hidden in his underpants. However, the official declined to disclose any other information about the substance of the briefing, including what kind of specific warnings, if any, the president was given about possible holiday attacks and whether Yemen came up during oral discussions. 

Isn't it convenient that Yemen is not mentioned in the report? This is why I question the whole “leaked” thing. Allah Pundit does make a good case when he asks: 
[re: Yemen] None at all?  Hadn’t the administration just assisted Yemen in bombing a meeting in AQ that killed as many as 30 terrorist leaders?  Wouldn’t Obama have at least askedabout Yemen as a potential threat? 
Call me a cynic, but I think this was leaked on purpose to make it look like the intelligence agencies failed Obama and thus take some of the heat off him for his delayed reaction.

If I had to guess, I would say no matter what the report said, Obama probably wasn’t too concerned. Remember this man delayed his Hawaiian holiday so that he could bask in the Senate’s passing of that dreadful Health Reform Bill.  Obama’s chief concern has always been about spreading the wealth. Anything that distracts from that is given a band-aid and shoved to the back burner.  I have little doubt he will try to do the same with this latest round of terror.

Via: Newsweek 
Via: Hot Air


Teresa said...

I agree. Obama hasn't got a clue how to take responsibility for either his actions or inactions adversely affects us. It seems like all he knows how to do is play the blame game. This information was probably leaked to cover his A$$.

Janelle said...

Call me a cynic, too, because I believe that Obama will have some sort of meltdown in the next year. No elected leader has ever surrounded himself with such obvious loons, out of the reach of Congress. That was hubris of the first order - and my goodness, that bunch knows something about hubris. Was that snow or ruffled feathers in D.C.?

JohnFLob said...

It's starting to look like an alarming cover-up. This seems especially alarming since Newsweek usually supports and apologizes for BHO.
Obama's October Yemen briefing

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Obama just didn't care or didn't know how to handle the situation.
Let the facts be known, I say.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely great post. I like your observations and I concur. Unnamed sources are nonsense. I think you have nailed it. Jim

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