The biggest danger in the Obama Administration will be the possibility of another attack on our homeland.
With less than one week left in his Presidency, President Bush continues, even in his farewell address to the nation, his repeated warnings that since the attacks of 9/11 there are enemies who want to attack our homeland and kill Americans. He reiterated that warning in his final press conference this week The President’s vigilance has prevented further attacks over the last seven years. So why would our next President choose a politician instead of an intelligence/counter-terrorism expert to head up the CIA? Evidently President-Elect Obama believes that Leon Panetta is up to the job. Since Congress seems to be only too eager to rubber stamp every one of Obama’s appointees, Americans can only hope that the confirmation of Panetta is not a fatal mistake.
Another red flag is the appointment of Eric Holder to the position of Attorney General. Holder has made it clear to Congress that he opposes waterboarding. Vice President Cheney has revealed that the use of waterboarding in the interrogations of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri led to significant intelligence gathering which was used to thwart further attacks on Americans. Holder, during questioning in his confirmation hearings, was also noncommittal in his opinion of whether he would prosecute those who used aggressive interrogation techniques. That lack of clarity should be enough to cause Republicans to vote against his appointment.
All Americans, Republican, Democrats, Liberals, Conservatives, and Moderates need to wake up. President Bush has done his part. The Obama Administration cannot revert to a pre-9/11 mentality and expect our country to remain safe. In an interview with Jim Lehrer (See Lehrer interview link), Vice President Cheney listed several planned terrorist attacks:
VICE PRES. CHENEY: Serious attacks, well, plans, for example, to fly an airliner into the tallest building on the West Coast, plans to develop a so-called dirty device to be detonated someplace in the United States, plans to highjack aircraft that were all headed for Heathrow and then to capture them, blow them up over Heathrow. And plans to launch aircraft that they’d captured in Europe and destroy them as they came into the United States. I mean, it was a robust set of programs. There were others; other regions of the world that were involved as well as the United States. We got a wealth of information from those programs that are the source of some controversy, obviously, but we did not have a lot of information on al Qaeda on 9/11; it was very important that we develop it in the aftermath of 9/11 and we did.
Thanks to our President and our Vice President, these attacks did not happen. Please let your Congressmen and your Senators know that we expect our elected officials to remain vigilant.