President Obama’s Saturday YouTube Address 01/02/10

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WhiteHouse.govThe Fight Against Al Qaeda~~The President discusses the recent attempted act of terrorism on the Christmas day flight to Detroit, and his broader strategy to fight Al Qaeda.

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15 responses to “President Obama’s Saturday YouTube Address 01/02/10

  1. The prez is starting to look super stressed-out…

  2. Lake Lady

    I agree Geo…he looks unhappy to me. All this noise about him being on vacation is stupid. He needs some time out of the 24/7 cycle with family and friends to remind him of who he is and what is important.

    I think I understand why he is trying to tone down the ‘war on terror’ inflamatory approach. I like deliberative decision making and information gathering. While I find fault with his domestic policies I am very supportive of the way he is attempting to handle his Foreign Policy.

    • for sure LL, Presidents need to decompress, although GW made it into an art-form…

      of course he had Cheney back in DC running the show for him, they just told George: “We’ll call you if we need you” 😉

      • audiegrl

        Exactly… This is a handy tidbit for use with Right-Wing vacation complaints/bull$hit…

        Bush’s 77 vacation trips to Crawford cost us $226,072 per trip. That’s $17,407,544 so he could ride his bicycle in the woods and clear brush for the cameras. (That’s just the estimated cost of flying Air Force One round trip – about two hours of flight time each way at $56,518 per hour. That doesn’t include the entourage cost.)

        George W. Bush’s vacation time = 1020 or 1/3 of his presidency. He set the record for the most vacation time taken by a President.

        487 days at Camp David
        490 days at Crawford Ranch
        43 days at Kennebunkport Compound

        Total: 1020 days, more than 1/3rd of his presidency.

        By comparison:

        Carter took 79 days in 4 years.

        Clinton took 152 days in 8 years.

        Reagan took 335 days in 8 years.

        Bush Sr. took 543 days in 4 years

    • p.s.

      and as we have seen with most Presidents the job ages them at an accelerated rate.

  3. audiegrl

    IMHO, if he had looked cheery, rested and relaxed versus looking very serious and grave during the youtube address discussing terrorism and the al Quida attack, the Right would have accused him of being weak on terror or acting like it was a funny topic or joke or no big deal at all.

    Of course, either way he would have been attacked by them, so it doesn’t really matter. 😉

  4. angels81

    For the last seven years of the Bush regime, we listened to this war on terror nonsense, while Bush attacked the wrong country, and let al-Qaeda move into more countries and grow stronger. Now along comes Obama, and at least is trying to take this fight to the people that attacked us, and all we get from the repugs is, his choice of words, while they ignore the actions he has taken.

    I may not agree with some of the actions he has taken, but at least he is trying to take the fight to al-Qaeda. If by some of the actions Obama has taken in Yemen and Pakistan, the best al-Qaeda can do is this underwear bomber, then I say keep the pressure on.

    • Anonymous

      The underwear bomber is not the best that Al Qaeda can do. They are probing for, and finding, weaknesses in our security apparatus. In the past six months, AQAP has launched at least three attacks, with varying degrees of success: Mujahid Mohammed, who killed a military recruiter and injured another; the Fort Hood shooter; and Abdul Mutallab. No doubt, several more attacks are in the offing.

      There are difficult questions that we need to address as a country. Instead, we are obsessed with silly blame games, like with Janet Napolitano. Here are the questions we should be asking – should we still close Gitmo? If we should (and I think the answer is yes), what should we do with the people that can’t be tried? Release them? Well, we tried that with the Yemenis, and they went straight back to jihad. That suggests that there are some people who can be neither released nor tried, no matter how uncomfortable the concept is to the civil liberties crowd.

      Or, how about revisiting where we draw the line between privacy and security? Progressives lose their sh*t when we talk about FISA and the Patriot Act. And yet, it is becoming clear — again — that some privacy concerns may well be overwrought in this age of terrorism. Among other things, we’ve found out that full body imagers were not used in the Netherlands for privacy concerns. WTF?? Look, I’m Nigerian and I say — search every inch, look in every cavity and orifice if you need to. I ain’t got nothing to hide. And no one traveling on a flight with me from Lagos should either. Seriously, I’d rest easier if we allowed for much more extensive searching.

      Last but not least, we have to revisit our cowboy mentality, wherein we want to shoot the bad guys into oblivion, blow the smoke off the business end of the pistol, and then head back home. This is a long fight, an existential threat. And we will not be able to kill every last terrorist. Indeed, at the rate at which we are going, we are creating terrorists faster than we are killing them. Whether we like it or not, we are going to have to engage in nation-building. You have to provide these disaffected young men an alternative to becoming terrorists. If you wait until after they have fallen under the influence of Al Qaeda to deter them, the battle is already lost.

      • I think what they’re down to is weak attempts to hit on U.S. soil and more dramatic hits in places like Pakistan. There is no way an assembled explosive device makes it’s way onto an International flight today. The best they can do is amateur chemistry experiments at 30,000ft. Scary yes but an effective technique no. If they have the sophistication to hit Ports or infrastructure then we’d be entering a new era, so far I don’t see it except in the scare tactics of analysts.
        The lone wolves like Hasan are a big concern but 20/20 shows that he could have been identified in time to intercede if people had been paying attention. The military can’t afford an enemy within.

        As for privacy the vast majority of comments I’ve heard basically agree with Ogenec, “whatever it takes”. People don’t mind inconvenience and even some intrusion to assure safety. FISA on the other hand, if it was used as designed would work fine. Unfortunately they started to widen the net and now private citizens are being monitored.

        Oh and I finally heard a rational argument for “profiling”. You profile behavior, not ethnicity

        Meanwhile Gen. McInerney calling for strip searches on “all Muslim men” is just insanity.

        • ogenec

          The point is not what their capabilities are today. It’s what they will be tomorrow. If they can turn folks like Maj. Hassan, what prevents them from turning someone who works in critical infrastructure, like a nuclear plant or a subway station? The most recent failures demonstrate that we just might not be able to connect the dots that would lead us to such a sleeper cell. That’s what scares the crap out of me.

          BTW, I don’t see why private citizens can’t be monitored under FISA. The Fourth Amendment right to privacy is a right to be free from “reasonable” search and seizure. If a basis for suspicion exists, the government should be able to monitor private citizens. As long as a watcher — i.e., FISA court — watches the watchmen, I’m cool with it.

        • the “mission creep” with FISA is what concerns me. They have been pretty much making it up as they go along as far as the scope to the Act instead of doing a better job of using it as it was intended.

          Major Hasan, a U.S. citizen, communicating with a known “foreign agent” would have been an obvious target of FISA wiretaps but so far it seems he was overlooked.

  5. ogenec

    Sorry, should have logged in. The comment above is mine 🙂

    • audiegrl

      They have been ‘profiling’ my husband for years. Out of possibly 75 or more flights, I can’t every remember a time where they didn’t pull him to the side, to do a hand scan front and back. The only thing that could possibly make him stand out is his color and his size.

      I agree with both of you, we need to do something, but find it really troubling to hear hawks on Clusterfox talk about profiling Muslims. How exactly do they know you are a Muslim? What tips them off to that? What does a Muslim look like? Those questions leave a really bad taste in my mouth.

      Just so happens that I watched an old movie, ‘Snow Falling on the Cedars’ this weekend. It was about the Japanese being taken to internment camps during WWII. The hate and prejudice on the faces in that movie, could be a carbon copy of the anti-Muslim hysteria we are seeing now.

  6. Lake Lady

    It appears to me that they need some IT genius to do some magic programming to be able to connect the dots. I find it kind of incredible that we don’t seem to have that. It sounds like they are sweeping out such a wide net that they are overwhelmed with bits of data.

    I know Cheney tried to micro manage raw information and fell for cons along the way. Are we still not allowing the CIA analysis to cull out what is important?

    Libermann wants the DHS to take over visas….I don’t think that is a good idea,just improve the technology and protocals between State and the other agencies.

  7. ogenec

    LL and GeoT, both of you make good points.

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