Former Sept. 11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean said Sunday that President Barack Obama and his administration were distracted by the nation's faltering economy, health care reform and other domestic issues and did not adequately focus on the threat of terrorism before the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner.
“They weren’t giving this enough attention,” Kean said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” It’s understandable, it’s not acceptable.”
He said that the recent attempted attack “probably did us a favor.”
“The president now is saying the right things, and I believe he’ll do the right thing,” Kean said, but added: “No matter what else is going on, this has always got to be number one.”
My question to you: Do you agree with former Sept. 11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean? Do you think the Christmas Day attempted plane bomber "did us a favor?"
the Daily show had a great bit last night about how this attack was the same as the by Richard Reed the shoe bomber just the explosive was in the underwear not the shoes. Other than that it was very similar. Guy buys one way ticket in cash from Europe to the States and checks no bags. This shows how bad our intelligence system is.
Seeing how this guy almost blew up a plane and killed hundreds of people, I would exactly say he "did us a favor." Instead I would say that all those people are fortunate to be alive, and it's just another reminder how America needs to tie up loose ends in regards to homeland security.
No matter how much intelligence is attained there are still too many of these terrorists and extremists out there to catch them all. Eventually one or more will slip through the net of US or International security, it is only a matter of time. Blaming President Obama or even the security forces in the US is ridiculous when the flight these people are coming on come from outside the US. Granted in this particular case the guy was known to the US authorities to be a potential threat and probably should have been on their no fly list. But again, how much do we need to know before we curtail a persons liberties?
I worry less about the idea of a single individual attacker and more about any potential worldwide coordinated attack that these people may be planning. They have successfully achieved such feats in the US, Madrid and London but they have been very quiet since and despite the relative successes of the war on terror i'm still not convinced they have gone away or that they are incapable of causing further worldwide panic and disruption.