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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said early on that there was no indication that the man who tried to destroy an airliner in Detroit on Christmas Day is part of a larger terrorist plot.

But then who jumped up to offer a rebuttal? Al-Qaida! Not only did the terrorist group affirm its role in the thwarted bombing, and that hundreds more are waiting to attack, but it mocked U.S. effectiveness in the war on terror:

"Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, they said, 'dealt a huge blow to the myth of American and global intelligence services and showed how fragile its structure is,' " The Wall Street Journal reported.

It's bad when the terrorists are laughing at you. It gets worse when you learn this: The New York Times reported Tuesday that the U.S. government had intelligence from Yemen before Christmas that leaders of an al-Qaida branch there discussed "a Nigerian" being prepared for a terrorist attack.

If that and other key information had been shared among intelligence agencies, it would have been taken as a clear warning sign that a terror plot was coming, a senior Obama official told the Times .

That kind of mismanagement isn't merely shameful -- it's potentially deadly.

We know the Obama administration has a titanic policy to-do list, but shouldn't "protecting citizens from terrorism" be at or at least near the top of that list?

Maybe that's the problem. The list is too long.

Don't sweat all the details. Get back to the basics.

Maybe the U.S. president -- not just this one -- is trying to do too much when they're attempting to see to such minutiae as the weatherization of American homes.

Maybe they should go back to the constitutional duties of the chief executive, foremost of which is to protect the American people from enemies foreign and domestic.

Maybe then America can get the last laugh with terrorists instead of the other way around.

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gargoyle
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gargoyle 01/02/10 - 12:37 am
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Wonderful editorial; I agree

Wonderful editorial; I agree wholeheartedly. The only thing I would add is that we, the citizens, will need to give each elected official a copy of the Constitution. We could direct them to several free sites where they can download it for free on the web or they can buy it for $4.95 plus tax at Border's Books. I know I keep a copy at the house and have given away copies of it to friends that wanted to know what the Constitution actually allows our officials to do- not the powers they have usurped.

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carcraft 01/02/10 - 04:35 am
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If we waited for the

If we waited for the "mainstream" media to inform us of the terror plot instead of Al-Qaida we would never hear of it..The press also needs to get back to the basics of news and not cheer leading political agendas! The mainstream media missed ACORN, Van Jones, the climate gate e-mails (that broke on comady channel for heavens sake) and several other stories that were very significant in 2009!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/02/10 - 05:20 am
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For this president to protect

For this president to protect America from enemies, foreign and domestic, he's have to resign, for he is surly an enemy of this country and all it stands for.

concernednative
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concernednative 01/02/10 - 06:33 am
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Obama/Biden have zero deaths

Obama/Biden have zero deaths at this point on their watch. The national security genius of Bush/Cheney had about 4000.

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/02/10 - 07:17 am
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nativeboy, it has been proven

nativeboy, it has been proven without a doubt that the planning and much of the traning for the World Trade Center attacks took place before President Bush was elected. However, the past doesn't really matter, the dead are not going to come back to life. Obama promised to fix all these things, the future is what matters and so far he is batting zero.

concernednative
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concernednative 01/02/10 - 07:26 am
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sunshine, all we have it the

sunshine, all we have it the facts and what I am concerned about is life and death. Not all the opinions of the people with political agendas. By life or death stats the Obama administration so far has kept us safe. Now you can disagree with his policies but the victims of 9/11 etc don't get their love one back because of politics. I am sure they would have had Obama's zero deaths at this point and not Bush/Cheney tough talk and opinions.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/02/10 - 07:28 am
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concernednative, intelligent

concernednative, intelligent thinking isn't something to be avoided.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/02/10 - 07:30 am
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The Yemeni outfit that calls

The Yemeni outfit that calls themselves Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula is a joke! The government of Yemen has a problem with some Shiite rebels. It is convenient to use the pretext that the flunky group Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula poses a major threat to United States in order to prop up the government of Yemen. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a Nigerian not a Yemeni just as the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emierates, and Egypt not from Afghanistan or Iraq. There is plenty of anti-American hatred in Nigeria and among the Muslim community in England. The illegal U.S. wars in Iraq & Afghanistan and the misguided war on terror only inflame that hatred. For an amusing and extremely informative take on this read retired Lt. Commander Jeff Huber's article "I See London, I See France, I See Bombs in Underpants" http://www.atlargely.com/atlargely/2010/01/i-see-london-i-see-france-i-s... and for further analysis see "Detroit Airliner Terror Incident: A Convenience Theory" http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24285.htm & "War on Terror or War on Disaffected Yemenis?" http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24304.htm

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ispy4u 01/02/10 - 07:34 am
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CONCERNED, as you noticed

CONCERNED, as you noticed people like JOHNSTON do not care about facts. They depend on scare tactics like what might take place. Hell I might become a millionaire. I will let you know how that works out.

Dem_Imonde
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Dem_Imonde 01/02/10 - 08:43 am
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Isn't it amazing that nearly

Isn't it amazing that nearly every time Mr. Cain writes on this site, it is to defend enemies of this country? I guess enemies of a feather flock together.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 01/02/10 - 08:54 am
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a federal judge is looking

a federal judge is looking into cain's affiliations and e-mails

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Riverman1 01/02/10 - 08:54 am
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"Maybe the U.S. president --

"Maybe the U.S. president -- not just this one -- is trying to do too much when they're attempting to see to such minutiae as the weatherization of American homes."....They ARE trying to do too much. It's like when Obama goes into detail about inflating tires to save oil. His main focus should be defending the country.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/02/10 - 08:55 am
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Y'all leave Cain alone. He

Y'all leave Cain alone. He only wishes someone would take him seriously.

Dem_Imonde
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Dem_Imonde 01/02/10 - 08:58 am
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Take him seriously? Are you

Take him seriously? Are you kidding? The way HE rants!?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/02/10 - 09:01 am
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"Maybe the U.S. president --

"Maybe the U.S. president -- not just this one -- is trying to do too much when they're attempting to see to such minutiae as the weatherization of American homes."........I would have said, "Maybe the U.S. Presidents -- not just this one -- are trying to do too much when they're attempting to see to such minutiae as the weatherization of American homes." In the opening sentence, I would have left the "that's" out too. It would have read better.

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johnsdad 01/02/10 - 09:05 am
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nativeboy, if you haven't

nativeboy, if you haven't noticed, bush/Cheney arent' around anymore. Your ol buddy the socialist moron and his sidekick gaffe Biden or on center stage now!

kulay294
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kulay294 01/02/10 - 09:24 am
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Ispy will take-up for Obama

Ispy will take-up for Obama regardless what he says or does, what a revelation!!!!! Oh yeah, I see you Libs are still intrigued with Bush.. You can't quit talking about him.

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carcraft 01/02/10 - 09:36 am
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concernednative on Sat Jan 2,

concernednative on Sat Jan 2, 2010 7:26 AM How many were killed at Fort Hood? How many CIA people were killed? None are so blind as those that won't see! These incidents are going to increase because Obumbler is lacking! Obumbler has been weighed and found wanting !! The Blackwater folks were aquited in court because of proceedural erros, lack of evidence like shaell casing and to much reliance on sworn testamony...a forshadowing of the 9-11 terrorists trail..read about it and it clearly demonstrates why 9-11 should not get court trails...Obumbler is a joke we just haven't reached the punch line yet...

Dem_Imonde
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Dem_Imonde 01/02/10 - 09:39 am
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It's easy to say there are

It's easy to say there are zero dead from terrorists under Obama if you continue to deny that it's terrorists that are doing the killing.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 01/02/10 - 10:34 am
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Concernednative....really????

Concernednative....really???? can you not count???

smartie
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smartie 01/02/10 - 10:36 am
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make no mistake. this

make no mistake. this president, and his supporters, and this idiot cain, think that the u.s. are the offenders here. they sympathize with the terrorists. it's their mindset, that they're like the little kid on the playground, that got caught retaliating. their cowardly beliefs are in direct contrast of what made our country great.

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/02/10 - 11:35 am
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Here is my "Cause de Jour"

Here is my "Cause de Jour" :Amendment 28 (quoted directly from the 28th amendment. Google it)

Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United
States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives,
and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or
Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the
United States.

smartie
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smartie 01/02/10 - 11:58 am
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and now one more idiot. some

and now one more idiot. some cat named thomson. why wouldn't you guys find yourselves somewhere else to live?

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KSL 01/02/10 - 12:15 pm
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Sounds like you need to move

Sounds like you need to move off shore, TNThomson. I would have to agree with the climate change............that would be the climate for business under the Obama admin.

HollyHoly
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HollyHoly 01/02/10 - 12:17 pm
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lol

lol

johnsdad
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johnsdad 01/02/10 - 12:54 pm
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sunshine, have you asked

sunshine, have you asked saxby, Isakson and your representatives just what part of that amendment do they not understand?

johnsdad
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johnsdad 01/02/10 - 01:01 pm
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Sunshine, there is no 28th

Sunshine, there is no 28th amendment. Last ratified amendment is the 27th!

HollyHoly
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HollyHoly 01/02/10 - 01:04 pm
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ahem....

ahem....

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/02/10 - 01:20 pm
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johnsdad, that is my point.

johnsdad, that is my point. It has been proposed.

smartie
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smartie 01/02/10 - 01:36 pm
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somebody might need to check

somebody might need to check this womans credentials. what's her name? napolean? nappylatino? i'm leary of her. she might be a terrorist, herself.

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