Yes, Biden. In a first for the White House since the Boston Marathon bombings last week, which has avoided characterizing the bombings as part of a Jihadist war against the West, Vice President Biden today minced no words about who the bombers were and the threat they are part of, excoriating them as Islamist jerks waging terror on behalf of a failed ideology. From the
America has been under threat from terrorism during President Obama’s entire presidency, though you would hardly know it. For most of his first term, there hadn’t been major attacks, and the president had been studiously downplaying the threat, while trumpeting the “gutsy move” of killing Bin Laden. He decided that we were not in a “war” against terrorism. During the campaign, we were told that “al
A letter laced with the poison ricin and addressed to President Obama was discovered at a remote White House mail facility, according to reports. A similar missive, apparently from the same source, was also sent to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). Each letter contained the same cryptic note: “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance. I am
President Obama’s caution Monday in refusing to label the Boston Marathon bombing terrorism is understandable, but it’s a mistake. As the nation’s leader, he doesn’t want to say something that might prove inaccurate or stir emotions too greatly. But the bombings are, by definition, acts of terror. Two bombs went off, synchronized to cause murder, injury, and mayhem at a high-visibility event, naturally striking fear
President Obama failed to mention terrorism in his inaugural address, omitting from his remarks the existential threat that has plagued the United States for more than a decade. Recent events have shown that al Qaeda and the threat of terrorism remain potent problems for the United States, which just months ago had its consulate in Benghazi overrun and which is now helping France try to
Updated 7:53 pm ET It’s been more than three years since Obama was sworn into office, and since then there hasn’t been a single major terrorist attack within the United States. Just as Obama by now must take credit for the sagging economy, even though he inherited a recession from George W. Bush, he can also claim credit for preventing mass casualties on U.S. soil,
One of President Obama’s stated goals upon assuming office was to focus the U.S. military on destroying al Qaeda. In this, the only war we are waging for which he seems to have some enthusiasm about pursuing, the president appears to be succeeding. Bin Laden is a trophy shared by Obama and George W. Bush. The seeds of the pursuit that led to al Qaeda
Obama’s decision not to release the death photos of Osama Bin Laden is an egregious mistake that raises, not lowers, the danger to the United States. This is a decision born in fear, and the United States should never be projecting fear. It tempts the wolves who prowl at our door. Let’s take a look at Obama’s rationale for keeping the photos from the public,
President Obama suddenly appeared in the briefing room to express outrage at the attacks in Germany today that killed two U.S. servicemen and wounded two others. The gunman, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo described as a devout Muslim, was shouting “Allah Akhbar” as he committed the attack. “I’m saddened and I am outraged by this attack that took the lives of two Americans and wounded
Interesting, the White House decided to have President Obama break the news, rather than just comment on it. Speaking in the briefing room at about 4:20 this afternoon, Obama revealed that authorities identified “two suspicious packages bound for the United States” bound “specifically, two places of Jewish worship in Chicago.” And the packages were indeed dangerous. “Initial examination of those packages has determined that they
There’s been significant speculation about whether President Obama would use the word terrorism in his remarks on . . . terrorism. Well, he did it, promising to remain vigilant against “terrorism.” I had suggested he might say we should oppose ”activities obnoxious to the cause of peace,” but I was wrong.
It appears the president will discuss today’s possible attempt at terrorism as the investigation of suspicious packages continues. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan will hold a press briefing afterward. I will live stream his remarks and the subsequent briefing.