So said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in commenting on a failed terrorist attempt to take down Northwest Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. No,wait a minute. Yesterday, she said that it failed miserably. So, which is it? Did it fail or not ? If one measures that by the new security measures and the additional U S marshals assigned to aircraft, I’m going with failure.There are lots of ways to look at this event that could have , but thankfully, did not have tragic consequences. The alleged bomber, who
is in custody, is Nigeria, although funded from Yemen and claims that there are more like himself on the way. Comforting thought, is it not? Yemen itself does seem to be developing into fertile ground for Al-Qaeda. Although it is located at the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula, it isn’t that far from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan,etc.We sorta know about them and terrorists,do we not?
The President issued a statement today from Hawaii, 3 days after the near bombing, if you are counting. What he said sounded good. We’re gonna get ‘em, not just words but”every element of our national power.” No matter where they are, he added.
Imagine, if you will, thoses words coming from Bush, war mongerer, etc. And, if he had waited 3 days before speaking on the issue. Wonder if there will be any criticism of the President in that regard?
We have been providing support, both overt and covert to Yemeni forces and that support is slated to increase even more next year. Senator Lieberman, who has been there recently thinks that Yemen could be the next battleground, not that it hasn’t been before. In October, 2000, the USS Cole was victimized by a suicide bombing.And, there is even a 9/11 connection.
So, let us hope that the President backs up his rhetoric in an appropriate fashion.
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