Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Lengthening List of Terrorist Attacks and Attempts Under President Obama


Ever since the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009 – only a few months after the Little Rock, Arkansas Army recruitment center shooting – it struck me that there had already been two successful terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in President Obama’s first year alone… when we’d stayed safe for seven years after 9/11 under President George W. Bush.

It hit me again the very next month when the underwear bomber successfully boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with explosives packed into his panties. He didn’t manage to blow up the plane, but Obama can’t take any credit for that happy ending.

Then here was the Times Square bombing attempt in May, 2010, another example of dumb luck or heavenly providence in America’s favor, since the device never went off.

And while technically on foreign soil, the U.S. embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya in which four Americans were killed needs to be added to this list as well due to its severity and the fact that it could have been prevented a dozen times over. At the very least.

Finally, we had the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, just a few months into President Obama’s second term.

This is the growing list of unnecessary death and mayhem to trace back to one of the most irresponsible administrations this nation has ever seen. This is Obama’s legacy.

It’s something I’ve wanted to blog about ever since the Boston Marathon bombing, but I kept getting distracted by each new piece of damning evidence concerning how this latest attack could have been prevented.

Today, thanks to a well-spoken reminder from U.S. Representative Tom Cotton, I’m finally getting around to it. Cotton took to the House floor to point out his:

“… grave doubts about the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism policies and programs. Counterterrorism is often shrouded in secrecy, as it should be, so let us judge by the results. In barely four years in office, five jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama: the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square bomber, the Fort Hood shooter… the Little Rock recruiting office shooter. In the over seven years after 9/11 under George W. Bush, how many terrorists reached their target in the United States? Zero! We need to ask why is the Obama Administration failing in its mission to stop terrorism before it reaches its targets in the United States?”

Representative Cotton, a Republican, House freshman from Arkansas, nailed it.

But if We the People haven’t already figured out the answer to his question and decided to do something about it, then Boston won't be the last part of America to feel the effects of Obama’s unfeeling irresponsibility.

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