Counter-Terrorism Chief John Brennan On Fox News Sunday: “DHS Has Done An Outstanding Job Since 9/11”

From 9/11/2001 to 1/20/2009 DHS did do an outstanding job keeping us safe. But at some point in the late Spring of ’09, the Obama administration made some changes in the monitoring of terrorist suspects. Now some are speculating that these changes have allowed the  terrorist attacks that have taken place on American soil since Obama’s been in office.

We’ve had two successful attacks: the fatal shooting of one soldier and the critical injury of another at a Little Rock, Ark recruiting office by suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad and the Fort Hood shooting in which  Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at a military base in Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 28.

And two near misses: The Christmas Day attack on flight 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab that was only foiled by his ineptly constructed underwear bomb, and the May 1 failed Times Square bombing attempt by Faisal Shahzad, again foiled only by his own inept bomb-making skills.

John Brennan bristled at the charge that we “got lucky” in the last two terror attempts. He evoked the troops,  insinuating that it was unpatriotic to criticize the job the Obama administration’s doing to keep us safe.

Senator Lieberman and Rep. Pete King followed Brennen on Fox News Sunday. King in particular has some questions for the administration, that he wants answered.

Related Links:

AJ Strata: Something’s Wrong Inside Obama Administration Concerning Terrorist Bombings

Doug Ross: Did White House Order Policy Changes That Allowed Times Square Bomber To Gain Citizenship Even Though He Was On A Watch List?

Hot Air: Video: Obama’s really bad, not good, terrible week

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: DOJ Tells Intel Community to Stonewall Members of Congress

Tim Cavanaugh of Reason Magazine: Will Janet Napolitano Be Fired For Times Square Incompetence?

Um, no.

Roger L. Simon, PJ TV: Times Square Bomber Investigation – Discontinue the Censorship

Hot Air: Obama administration reverses itself on Times Square bombing conspiracy


How Did Shahzad Escape Homeland Security’s Notice?


You Can’t Stay On The Path When You Only Have One Wheel

I was at one of my local haunts when a fellow conservative tossed this video into the comment thread.

I experienced a myriad of emotions as I watched this video.  But it got me to thinking, as so many things do these days.  It would be easy to say that this racist fellow-traveller has no place in any institution of higher learning anywhere in this country, but I am not so naive.  People like him were peddling similar crap when I did my turn at the altar of higher knowledge in the late 1990s.  I even believed some of it for an hour or two.

The real problem is not people like him who come in and spew their racist, communist tripe with impunity.  The problem is with the politically correct climate on so many campuses that frown on and discourage faculty with opinions in opposition to that of this “revolutionary”. 

I am not old enough to remember when the “free thinkers” of academia embraced the PC culture.  I only know that it was the dominant viewpoint of faculty and staff of my school, and of those my friends attended.  My first time through, I didn’t know enough to be offended.  My second time through, I started to openly question the motivations of some of my professors.  My third trip through, I understood what the game was, and frequently decided to go against the grain, simply because I could.  What I was not prepared for, however, was the ultra-leftist tool from the California University System who spoke at our commencement, and decided to fill his speech with his own less-than unique opinions on politics, rather than speaking about us and the way we were going to make our way in the world.  I was distressed as I looked around, and saw the heads of so many other law students bobbing in agreement, and had it not been the only commencement since high school I actually had attended, I might have gotten up and walked out early.

What this video should tell you, other than the fact that this vibrant and knowledgable revolutionary has no clue what he is talking about [No borders and a ‘latino’ revolutionary front indeed…yeah, tell you Central American brothers to ignore the Mexican border…go ahead.  We’ll wait.], is that in allowing politics to set the agenda in colleges and universities around the country, we have been sowing the seeds of our own destruction for quite some time.  “Higher Learning” is not so much the quest for knowledge or a journey to find truth as much as it is a form of indoctrination.  And yet we have entrusted the future of our country to the graduates of these fine institutions without any regard to what it is they actually teach.  The cart of knowledge has strayed from the path.  The horse won’t stop, and the driver is doesn’t care that it only has one wheel.  He is proud of that wheel.  He knows that the path it will lead the cart down has gone off a cliff every single time it has been taken, and yet he persists in the belief that his skill as a driver will lead it to their destination, only having gotten there more quickly this time. 

It would be easy to continue in the belief that illegal immigration is simply a matter of people seeking a better life, and undoubtedly, this is true for some of them.  However, any serious reflection on the reconquista movement should at least raise the possibility that the real goal is an always has been invasion, occupation, and annexation.  I can think of no better strategy for conquest without sparking a single battle.  Of course, the real issue I have upon thinking this through is that if I could figure this out, then why is it that all the fine experts in our government that the progressives keep telling us we should trust unconditionally couldn’t seem to figure this out, and if they did, why are they doing nothing?  More fundamental change of a nation they all profess to love, or is it all part of their endorsement of the driver’s plan?

UPDATE: Donald Douglas at American Power has more on this “Teacher“.