While we were drinking egg nog and listening to one of Uncle Bernie's made up World War II stories (You know, the one where he kills Hitler with a paper clip but has to keep it a secret under orders from Patton. C'mon! We all have an Uncle Bernie.), the United States was victimized by an act of terror. 23 year old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up Northwest flight 253. He was on the terrorist watchlist but was allowed on the flight anyway. This is now the third Islamic terrorist attack we've had under Obama's less than stellar watch. (The other two in case you forgot--Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad who shot up an Arkansas Army recruiting station and Major Nidal Hassan, the traitor who allegedly shot and killed 13 of his fellow solidiers, one unborn child, and wounded more than two dozen more.) Whether it succeeds or not, an attack is still an attack.
Call me crazy and off my meds, but Obama's counterterrorism policies are just like his economic policies. They're impotent duds.
Believe it or not, I'm not looking at this through partisan glasses (Ignore the title of my blog and website for a second. But not to long, I value my readers.) I'm looking at this through common sense glasses. Animals like al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hamas, and Hezbollah only understand and respect one thing: brute force. They have proven, time after time, they couldn't care less about treaties or Nobel Peace of Garbage Prize speeches. They've also proven they're as tough as vending machines, too. That's why enhanced interrogation was so necessary with these blobs of human filth. They aren't going to respond to Sipowicz and Simone's good cop/bad cop routine. You're not going to have Gill Grissom collecting forensic evidence that they forgot at the crime scene. They're not going to fall for Mack Taylor's tricks in the "box", either. You need a CIA interrogator and an eery bright light and a couple of gallons of water to do the trick.
I laughed out loud when I heard that Jane Harman (S-CA) was going to head up an investigation in the matter. Not only has CONgress proven itself to be incompetent time after time, but now the CIA, through no fault of its own, has been neutered like CONgress as well. Instead of "Tell me everything you know or I'm ripping your arm off and beating you to death with it" we now have "You have the right to remain silent" and that's what Abdulmutallab will do, putting God knows how many more American lives at risk. Somehow, I don't think this is what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
I think it's high time we consider acts of terror what they really are: Acts of war. The SS was not given Due Process, they were killed on ther battlefield and if captured, held until the end of the war. Same thing with the North Koreans and North Vietmanese. Political correctness has no place on a battlefield (or in society in general, but that's not germane to our point here.). We have to treat the War on Terror as exactly as it really is: a war we can't afford to give an inch on.
Unfortunately the inches were are giving up are on American soil.