Critics of Obama way off base on this one

Yes — the not-so-bright, would-be terrorist from Nigeria got though international and domestic security mechanisms supposed to have stopped him long before the jerk lit his underwear afire before landing in Detroit.  And yes — the incident happened during the administration of President Barack Obama.  But the sniping at the president by Republicans, including former Vice President Cheney, and by conservative radio and TV commentators, borders on — if not passing into — asinine.

The criticism has included such childishness as blasting Obama for waiting a few days before making a national speech on the incident.  For heaven’s sake, the president was briefed on the incident from the moment it occured; he made statements almost immediately indicating his concern and that he was being regularly briefed; he took time to gather the facts and meet with his national security team; and then he appeared publicly to give a rational, measured, but hard-hitting response.  And for this, a former vice president criticizes him.

Partisanship truly has pervasively infected our political system when a reasonable, measured, factual, timely and substantive response by a president to a single security incident — the roots of which clearly indicate long-simmering problems that predated his tenure in office — is publicly blasted as irresponsible.  In point of fact, those levelling such counterproductive attacks are the ones engaging in irresponsible behavior.

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Margaret

January 7th, 2010
1:59 pm

What rock did Barr crawl out from under all of a sudden? Maybe he needs to return to it. I can’t see that he adds much to the discussion. Obama has done nothing but blame Bush, criticize Bush – but when obama behaves similarly, it’s okay and understandable. Obama is what’s wrong with this country. We didn’t have all of these attacks when Bush was in office (after 9/11) – but now the terrorists think we’re weak and vulnerable because of how obama’s behaved – and his lackadaisacal attitude.

DH

January 7th, 2010
1:59 pm

Bob, I don’t think Americans or Cheney are blaming Obama for the pantybomber but are instead blaming him for convulted and misguided aproach to fighting terrorism. Why do we give the terrorists who make there way to our shores the same rights as our own citizens but indiscriminately bomb their associates and families with predator drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Those alleged terrorists are not getting miranda rights and public attorneys, they are being treated the way they should be. Americans also don’t like the soft language and “no rush” to judgment being used when these incidents happened, i.e. immediately the Nigerian was an “isolated extremist” with no links to terrorist networks … lie and with Fort Hood the media and government failed to mention the faith of the terrorist until witnesses began to come forward. The President needs to stop fighting for domestic issues which are secondary to his duties to protect this country’s domestic issues. And for those who say we shouldn’t turn national security into a partisan issue, well tell Obama to get Axelrod out of his national security meetings and for his advisors to stop his staff from digging up Bush’s shortcomings after a near attack so that the talking heads can say Bush was just as bad …

[...] Barr, former Republican and 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate, addresses Cheney’s inane criticism of Obama’s response to the attempted Christmas bombing: Partisanship truly has pervasively infected our political [...]

TIM

January 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

NOTE TO Neal N. Lichmee

Timothy McVeigh? The IRA? Should I continue?

Rob

January 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

How was that cheese Borat gave you?

Davis Zero

January 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

Any anti-Obama response is because this kind of incident IS REALLY IMPORTANT. This is not just political snipping.

puckaway

January 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

TEA:

all the discord began with the BORKing and then a high tech lynching by highly partisan Democrats of supreme court justices, not to mention telling hispanic Estrada your hard work to overcome prejucies is good enough for us and is for naught.

Kanchuk

January 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

Being from Hoonah Alaska, men like this Barr person remind me of the bait we use during the annual seal harvest. Laid out with the other dead fish, rotting and smelling badly to those with good senses, but desirable and inticing to the mindless masses waiting to have their skulls cracked by the swift blow of a properly weighted club. Well done Mr. Barr. I can smell you from here…

puckaway

January 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

Enter your comments here

DH

January 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

sorry for the spelling and other mistakes ;)

ralpherus

January 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

my God, even bob barr is turned RINO? The entire administration is ANTI-AMERICAN, naturally it follows they are inept at best, fighting those who want to do us harm! What idiots you RINO’s are…

Robert Freeman

January 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

So, no substance here. Basically, he says, those criticizing the President were bad. But, the criticism is fair. The system failed. Napolitano said the system worked, got ridiculed, then said it didn’t. The screw up is being downplayed. Ultimately, the head of any organization, business – or country – needs to be criticized when something serious does not work, if only to identify the problem and fix it. Lastly, the President has to communicate some confidence to Americans – in our national security, his administration, the economy, etc. This is the greatest failure so far of his administration.

Doug

January 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

I think you are sugar coating this. Obama is the boss, you had his completely clueless Homeland security secretary looking like a complete fool which reflects on the boss. You have him on TV talking about the “alleged” perpetrator as though he is a common criminal. Last time I checked, bringing down a jetliner is an act of war. You have his Gitmo debacle and PC references to terrorism, he absolutely deserves to be called to the carpet for his poor leadership prior to and including his handling of this prob. Thanks for trying to give him a pass though. : )

Jake

January 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

Nobama, did you realize your post makes you a FLAMER. Bet that makes you unhappy to hear

Jeff

January 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

Mr. Barr, the real problem is that Obama is joining in on the bandwagon that this was somehow an American failing. In case anybody forgot, this person boarded in Amsterdam. Any arguments about the true effectiveness of American security measures post-9/11 notwithstanding, this was not a failing of any American system. Obama going along with the false notion that this is somehow America’s failure is just as irresponsible as the blind partisan attacks on his response to this terrorism attempt.

Tank Riggins

January 7th, 2010
2:02 pm

Arnold, let me tell you the bitterness cannot be blamed on Gingrich. For years dems called Republicans and conservatives Nazi’s, mean-spirited, etc. Even Detroit Mayor Coleman Young referred to President Reagan as old pruneface. The problem is liberals cannot take the return fire of insults directed at them. I have to admit Bush deserved some criticism in handling things, but a lot of it was pretty bitter and personal as well. I figure what is good for one is good for another. I too would like to know what took so long for the President to respond to this attemtped bombing. My biggest problem is he called it isolated. How many times does it have to be before it is no longer isolated, we have had three attacks on us in thethis coutnry with the first being the guy who shot the recruiter this past summer, Fort Hood and now this. It looks like a pattern to me. But the President won’t rush to judgement, at least not here, not unless it’s a cop arresting a black college professor and then it’s okay. Liberals bashed the crap out of Bush on everything, do you honestly expect your guy not to have to take the same criticism? Get real.

Mary

January 7th, 2010
2:02 pm

Why am I even reading this BS…most of you commenting are without a doubt liberals!! I agree with whoever said what’s good for the goose it’s good for the gander! Bob Barr??? pls give me a break!!!!!!!!! I don’t know who wrote the following but it rings true “if it weren’t for double standards, liberals wouldn’t have any”

Matt Lafleur

January 7th, 2010
2:02 pm

Bob, I am pleased you are retired and no longer a member of the Republican Party. The reason to take exception with Obama is his belief, and that of his fellow Democrats is that the federal bureaucracy will keep us safe and this episode proves that it won’t. That complacent liberalism is pervasive in the CIA, State Department and the Department of Homeland Security is more concerned with political correctness than defense of US citizens. Not only is this destructive political mindset pervade national security it defines the entire Democrat health care reform disaster. Dick Cheney is correct to criticize Obama and the Democrats because Mr. Cheney does not wish to see US citizens harmed or liberty of the United States destroyed. Best of luck Mr. Barr in the irrelevance of your retirement.

Uncle Bernie

January 7th, 2010
2:03 pm

How many muslim dicks do you suck a day?

Webster

January 7th, 2010
2:03 pm

More spelling errors – occurred leveling
I’m supposed to take Bob Barr seriously…..what a joke

SonofLiberty

January 7th, 2010
2:03 pm

Bob,
You are just plan wrong on this one. Obama, Napolitano, and all of his cabinet, except for Hillary are incompetent. Obama and Congress need to be criticized and held accountable for their crimes and moronic decistions EVERY DAY until they are thrown out of office.

Nobama

January 7th, 2010
2:03 pm

The system worked RIGHT! Lets remember who this administration considers to be a threat to this country. God Loving, American Loving conseratives. You can’t blame it on BUSH anymore. This administration is weak on national security, period. Obama was more concerned with his gold score than what happened on this aircraft. He turned his back on the American people when it took him 3 days to say ANYTHING. What was his response to the mass murders in Texas? Wake up America!

deathportal

January 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

I find it disturbing that so many people view ripping Obama’s response as OK just because “Bush got ripped for everything he did.” What we ought to be doing is judging our Presidents’ actions based on the Constitution–the document they take an oath to uphold. Both have done a terrible job of that. You people need to look past the letter by their names and instead look at the actions they do. People who stick up for Bush’s rampant abuse of the Constitution make me just as sick as the people who say that Obama is “doing a great job!” If I could go back and change my 2004 vote for Bush I would. Michael Badnarik would have my vote, for certain.

Ben H

January 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

I think the terrible showing of respect for George W Bush has left alot of republicans feeling angry. The Dems began the scum slinging during his tenure, including Barack Obama(who i think is a disrespectful, overconfident punk, good guy but not a president). But, I digress, I just find it amusing that when W was president It was Ok to bash him on everything he did, but you cant do that with our current young president. Just saying whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Maybe after Obama term we can come to an understanding. However, GOP took crap for 8 years about Bush, and now that Obama isnt the Messiah all the libs and dem thought he was the GOP will jump all over it. Did anyone really buy one word the guy ever said? Obama is a Liar, through and through…

ralpherus

January 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

It is like this…the best, brightest, most admirable personality of all democrats, is still a crazy anti-freedomite swine.

AMERICAN

January 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

bob barr is completely untrustworthy overall. barr is just a failed party-switching politician who will pander to gain popularity, and is just another POS to have to deal with – successfully defending a communist U.S. hater like obama on security is like urinating on a forest fire to put it out. fail. has obama done anything right yet? oh, that’s right, obama HATES the United States. i guess bob barr does too.

larry g

January 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

Bob Barr is a has been. I don’t remember him stepping up and making any statements for Bush during Katrina. “Bush” did nothing right during Katrina – even though the governer of La. and mayor of NewOrleans did more than nothing right. Where was Barr ??? Barr is another Susan Collins or Olympia Snow. A little light between the ears.

Scott

January 7th, 2010
2:05 pm

Out of curiosity, were you also upset when Clinton and Carter continually bashed Bush?

http://www.rightofanation.com

Marc S

January 7th, 2010
2:06 pm

Right on Grimmjack. Why do these supposed libertarians try SO HARD to be fair to a Liberal/Progressive/Marxist who is trying to destroy our country? O’Blamer has broken every campaign promise he made, he doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt on anything Bob. You still don’t see what is going on here, really got your finger on the pulse of the country there Bob.

drcusmc

January 7th, 2010
2:06 pm

The sad and distrubing fact is that BO, the president of our beloved country is grossly unqualified to lead. The only thing he has going for him is a democrate congress and not many support him. After the 2010 election, which will hopefully balance the congress he will continue to be in trouble. BO is destroying America and he needs to stop.

Jake

January 7th, 2010
2:06 pm

Dave you’re an IDIOT for thinking terrorist attacks against the US are the only ones that occur.

Jason

January 7th, 2010
2:07 pm

There is NO WAY Obama will have a second term. Healthcare passage will cast a huge shadow on his chances.

Joseph

January 7th, 2010
2:07 pm

Really Bob? How about the little fact his head terrorist Czar” decided to finish up his vacation rather then get back to Washington and take care of business? How about his TSA chief saying the “the system worked” before she said “the system failed”? How about Obama Obama saying this was an “isolated instance” before he was forced to say it was engineered by al qaeda?

What about that, Bob? Bob, you there Bob, were have you run off to, Bob? Bob, can you answer the questions? Didn’t think so.

Joe

January 7th, 2010
2:08 pm

I wonder why Barr didn’t mention that Obama then got a lawyer for the enemy combatant terrorist who committed an act of war against this country, so the terrorist wouldn’t have to talk. and give us information on Al Kaeda that can save innocent lives.

Rob

January 7th, 2010
2:09 pm

And this Barr guy and his “asinine” article are relevant… how?

FLLars

January 7th, 2010
2:10 pm

This thinking makes me glad Bob Barr is no longer in Congress. Attacking the democrats is a good thing. Party loyalty is a good thing. Attacking Obama for any reason is an exceptionally good thing. And, correct spelling and grammar would be a good thing. Alas, it is not to be found in Mr. Barr’s posting.

Doug

January 7th, 2010
2:10 pm

Joseph Toomey is spot on in his comments. This president has shown a great deal of ignorance about human nature, history, and a myarad of other things. He continues to spout off about freedom fighters (forgot what the word for terrorist is now) being poor with no hope in life for anything better. Lets not forget that the 9/11 attackers were almost all college educated, many with advanced degrees, were middle-class to wealthy, westernized for the most part, but still want to kill our citizens. OBL is a multi-millionaire or billionaire, KSM similiar, wealthy and educated. You can count on one hand the number of terrorists who are actually poor uneducated and without hope. All of that talk is just about the left’s obsession with how evil they think capitalism is and that is our fault that countries are poor.

It will be very interesting to see how the world survives future wars, natural disasters, epidemics, terrorism, and other events when the USA is no longer willing or able to provide assistance. The first thing we need to do is pull our military out of Euorpe and require the Europeans to pay for their own security. One of two thigns will happen within a decade. One is the cost of their own defense will cause a collapse of their economies due to their massive social programs, or an enemy will be able to conquer them without resistance.

Ratt

January 7th, 2010
2:10 pm

Personally, I would like to know who decided to put this Islamic Terrorist Savage in the US Justice System.

He has already Lawyered up. He was a rookie terrorist for Christ’s Sakes who would have been a prime prospect for Gitmo Interrogators.

And, on that fact alone, I will blame HBO.

Last Exit

January 7th, 2010
2:11 pm

Oh please. Obama is so out of his league its not funny. He’s a horror since day one..why is anyone stikcing up for this fraud?

brassblaas

January 7th, 2010
2:11 pm

In politics perceptions are everything. If the POTUS is perceived to be ineffective, he is. If POTUS is perceived to be lying, he is. If POTUS is perceived to be fundamentally changing the USA into a socialistic state, he is. If the speaker of the house is perceived to be an ineffective idiot, she is. Need verification, check the polls!

Albert J.

January 7th, 2010
2:12 pm

Barr is still an idiot who does not have a spell check. Nor does he have the mentality to grasp how inadequate the obama administration is in the responce to our country’s problems. Barr has always been a progressive suck up and has once again shown he has no idea what he is talking about.We almost lost a plane to a muslim fanatic and obama will no doubt excuse all of the mistakes his people overlooked and will no doubt find some way to blame the Bush administration.

Doug

January 7th, 2010
2:12 pm

The Republicans have attempted to be bi-partisan, but they aren’t going to vote for this sham of a healthcare bill…. why didn’t the demoncrats include any of the Republican healthcare bill in theirs, OR EVEN CONSIDER IT. the President comes out after one night calling the cops racist at Harvard without knowing any of the facts but he can’t come out the day after the THIRD attempted terror attack since his presidency. They have already succeeded in two terror attacks in the U.S since obama took office, Ft. Hood being the second and he still can’t call that a Terror Attack…. and you think we are being partisan Bob Barr? Get a clue!

playbythesamerules

January 7th, 2010
2:13 pm

Bi-partisanship is not the end goal, for it requires each side to compromise its principles. America was founded on the power of persuasion – free and open debate, without fear of government control. It may be valid that some of the debate is superfluous, but it should never be discouraged in an effort to be bi-partisan.

Sundance 44

January 7th, 2010
2:13 pm

Personally I’d like to see all the republicans and democrats currently holding office go on the unemployed rolls. I’d like to see them all replaced with true Americans who care more for their country’s future than just for the next election and the next pay-off from a lobbyist group.
I’ve heard it said that America has the best Congress money can buy. I’ll drink to that statement. I doubt there is one member of congress who hasn’t sold at least one vote during his or her time in Washington.
During next year’s elections, remember RE-ELECT NOBODY and maybe we can start to get rid of the stink in Washington.

Bill

January 7th, 2010
2:13 pm

“Asinine”… Why yes, yes you are.

The POTUS said “we dodged a bullet”. No we did not, the attempt was successful, no one died fortunately. You see it doesn’t matter what POTUS is in office their primary responsibility is to protect you and me and our families. The people in charge are simply not up for the job and pinheads like you think this is still a Democrat vs Republican issue, but it’s WAY past that now.

How would you feel if your wife, son, or daughter were on that flight?

Bottom line is those that mean to do us harm aren’t afraid of this guy and I personally find that pretty scary.

Swede Atlanta

January 7th, 2010
2:14 pm

Matt Lafleur @ 2:02 p.m.

You’re kidding me right?

Point #1 – Belief that the federal bureaucracy (i.e. the federal government) won’t keep us safe

What exactly do you propose? The federal government is simply the machinery that implements and executes policy. Profiling, dissecting everyone before they are boarded, whatever you propose to keep us safe are just policies. Who else is going to carry these out? Our Constitution vests responsibility for national security in the federal government. If you want to change it then start working on a constitutional amendment and good luck with that.

Point #2 – Complacent liberalism
This is just fluff talk without any substantiation. Disregard any and all readers until Matt provides evidence of this.

Point #3 – English grammar
You might want to check your dictionary and English grammar book again. The phrase “health care reform…” is a noun. You are attempting to modify it with the concept of the Democratic Party. A noun is modified by an adjective. The adjective is “Democratic”. The word “Democrat” is in fact a noun. Did you go to school in Georgia?

Point #3 – Dick Cheney does not want to see the liberty of the U.S. destroyed?

Please….he used the federal Constitution to wipe his behind. He has absolutely no interest in “u.s. liberty”. That liberty went out the door with the likes of warrantless wiretapping and other goodies.

Point #4 – Dick Cheney does not wish to see U.S. citizens harmed
Your statement implies somehow that Obama wants to see American citizens harmed? You really believe that? If so you need professional help. You are delusional and should not be allowed to operate a vehicle.

Jake

January 7th, 2010
2:14 pm

I didn’t say there were any recently, i was just pointing out that everybody seems to think muslim=murdering terrorist when i all actuality the majority of the members of the faith are peace-loving pacifists. Just another example of a few evil people ruining it for everybody. All I’m asking is to use the word terrorist, which is what they are. The fact that they are muslim shouldn’t matter because THEY ARE TERRORISTS. On a side note if you don’t believe me read some of the Q’iran (I promise God won’ be angry with you).

Goodgold

January 7th, 2010
2:15 pm

Hmmm….where was Mr. Barr when the far left radicals were trashing everything the Bush administration was doing? I totally agree with Cheney ripping Obama for his response to the terror. Let’s see, was he a terrorist? JUust an individual not linked to a group? Not a muslim? No, Cheney and the others were correct. Mr. Barr must be getting low on work at his law firm.

Joe

January 7th, 2010
2:15 pm

The only reason that Bob Barr wrote this contrarian article that (kind of) defends Barack Obama is so he can attempt to appear independent of the “Right Wingers” and mainstream conservatives. This article does NOT take a position on POLICY disagreements, this article just takes a minor jab at Obama’s critics over a minor issue. This article is petty and useless and by later this afternoon, everyone will once again be saying, “Bob Who”? This guy ran for President of The United States??? I think he’s more fit to be President of the Bob Barr Fan Club.

curt

January 7th, 2010
2:15 pm

Mr Barr, your memory is very selective. You and every other democrat blasted Bush for waiting 20-30 minutes before responding to 9-11 while he was in a class room with children. So you my friend have set the BARR for criticism on response time.
Additionally, he has a pattern of waiting to make decisions and appears weak. He took forever to send troops to Afghan presented a less then tuff on terror image. His administration did not use the word terrorist after the incident, they don’t considering these terrorists war criminals and by doing that we gave up all the information we could have gotten from this guy by mirandising him. All this adds up to a President whom still thinks that being nice to radicals will make them like us and there for not hurt us.