There’s a memorable scene in Marathon Man wherein Laurence Olivier, playing a retired Nazi dentist, repeatedly asks grad student Dustin Hoffman, “Is it safe?” Hoffman is totally clueless, and no matter how he answers, Olivier responds by drilling one hole after another in Hoffman’s teeth without the benefit of Novocain.
I share Hoffman’s frustration. Not because I don’t know the answer, but rather because I do, and the president apparently doesn’t.
No matter what your opinion of George W. Bush is, the fact remains that after Sept. 11, 2001, his policies kept us safe for the remainder of his presidency.
What about the Obama presidency, which had the benefit of 9-11’s memory as an example?
In May of last year, CBS News (not exactly a hotbed of conservative thought), citing a Department of Homeland Security study, reported that attempted terrorist attacks on U.S. soil were at an all-time high. Here are but a few examples:
May 20, 2009 -– The FBI and New York City Police Department busted a four-man, homegrown Islamic terror cell that was plotting to blow up two Bronx synagogues while simultaneously shooting a plane out of the sky.
June 1, 2009 – Little Rock, Ark.: Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad carried out a deadly shooting at a military recruiting center.
Nov. 5, 2009 –Nidal Malik Hassan killed 13 soldiers and wounded 29 others in a mass shooting.
Dec. 25, 2009 – Authorities foiled a planned Christmas Day airliner bombing by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
May 1, 2010 – Faisal Shahzad’s plans to blow up Times Square with a car bomb fizzled when the bomb failed to go off and was found by a mounted New York City police officer.
Moreover, per documents seized from the bin Laden sanctuary, we know that attacks on our mass transit systems are being planned for the 10th anniversary of 9-11.
What is truly mind-boggling is that even given the above, this administration still can’t use the term “Islamic terrorist.”
Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey reported in The Wall Street Journal that the bin Laden success will likely be a one-trick pony, due to this administration’s refusal to use enhanced interrogation techniques when questioning terror suspects.
Seven months after assuming office, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his intent to prosecute CIA interrogators who had utilized waterboarding. To date, it’s still under consideration.
When meeting President Obama at ground zero on May 5, Debra Burlingame asked him to ask Holder to reconsider prosecuting the agents. The president told Burlingame that he would not, and then walked away, according to her interview with Fox News host Martha McCallum.
Is it safe?
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