Wow. I have a number of problems with this video, but there was only one that made me slap my desk and yell at the computer. Credit goes to ABC’s Diane Sawyer for sticking with the question and asking about it.
That’s right — like you, I was astounded that James Clapper, the Obama administration’s Director of National Intelligence, was completely, totally and admittedly in the dark about terror arrests which had taken place across the Atlantic Ocean just hours before. Did he come to the ABCNews interview from the golf course? Had he been napping? When so many threats that start overseas have final planned consequences on our side of the pond–liquid bombs, anyone?–how does the Director of National Intelligence NOT know, even slightly, what had transpired in London that same afternoon?
Then, you have the part in which Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan argues that hapless wanna-be bombers Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (the Scrotal Bomber) and Faisal Shahzad (the Times Square Bomber) were only unsuccessful because our actions had so “degraded” the terrorists’ abilities to train, to build bombs, and to carry out their attacks on innocent men, women and children in the name of Allah. Had Diane Sawyer truly been on the ball, she would have then asked something along the lines of “assuming that we have indeed degraded the terrorists’ abilities to train, build bombs and carry out attacks, how has that effort helped in the attacks on Fort Hood and the recruitment office in Arkansas?”
The truth is, while the Obama administration has definitely made some stops–and probably more than you or I will ever know–in many cases we have gotten darn lucky as well. And while we may never be certain of what goes on behind the scenes in the halls of our intelligence offices, looking at that video one thing is for certain: When the most competent national security official at any table is Janet Napolitano, you know our nation is in trouble. It’s kind of like an Olympic 4×100 relay anchored by Michael Moore — if he’s the fastest representative of our nation on the track, you know we ain’t seeing gold, silver or bronze.