Thursday, December 31, 2009


By Judith A. Klinghoffer

"Barack Obama is right. The ability of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board a plane to Detroit represents a “catastrophic” failure. But he is also wrong. The system did not fail. He did. He sent signals which led the people working in the system to fail. These people no longer worked for an anti terrorist warrier called George W. Bush but a cool, imperturbable Barack Obama whose primary enemy was “over reaction.” This is the conclusion I reached reading that the warning received in Nigeria was not buried in Nigeria. The opposite is true. It triggered a multi-agency meeting, the kind of meeting designed to insure that the dots are connected."


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