Associated Press/Yahoo: Obama Cites Apparent al-Qaeda Link in Bomb Plot
A senior administration official had said the United States was increasingly confident there was a link between Abdulmutallab and an al-Qaida affiliate, but Obama’s statement was the strongest connection between the two.
“We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaida, and that this group — al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula — trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America,” the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address. It was released by the White House during Obama’s vacation in Hawaii.
Okay, so let me get this straight: First, the director of the Department of Homeland Security says that “the system worked.” Then, the next day, she says that the system “failed miserably” and that the whole “the system worked” statement was taken out of context. Now, we have the president of the United States, who previously stated that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was an “isolated extremist,” acknowledging that the Christmas Day underpants bomber is linked to a greater terrorist effort.
I’m so tired of amateur hour at the White House and in this administration. It’s bad enough when it has to do with our economy — it’s worse when it undermines our safety and security.