Coming In 2010: Hope & Change

I am so happy 2010 is here. All that ‘hope’ and ‘change’ that Barack Obama promised us will come this year, I know it will. I doubt it will come in the form he promised all his minions, but it is definitely coming.

In his radio address today, President Obama shed some light on the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas day.

“We’re learning more about the suspect,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that the White House released on Saturday as the president vacationed in Hawaii.

“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.

It took President Obama eight days to confirm that al-Qaeda was responsible for the foiled Underoo bombing attack on Christmas day, even though al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia had already claimed responsibility.

It took him eight days to state the obvious because he was afraid of being perceived as weak in the fight against terror, yet when the Afghan Taliban attacked a CIA base on Wednesday, it took him just two days to acknowledge the attack on the CIA. Talk about being weak in the fight against terror.

It appears Barack Obama inexperience and amateurishness has just started bonfires on the bridges connecting him to the American intelligence community and delivered a huge, HUGE psychological win to Al Qaeda.

President Obama pondered calling out al-Qaeda for eight days because he didn’t want to step on any toes in Yemen, but he didn’t even blink an eye to acknowledge the attack that took place on Wednesday, revealing not only that the CIA was involved in activities on that base but also acknowledging that the attack had an impact on the CIA.

Al-Qaeda leaders are making it clear they are more confident in their conversations with the press.

“We attacked this base because the team there was organizing drone strikes in Loya Paktia and surrounding area,” the commander said, referring to the area around Khost, the city where the U.S. facility was attacked. The commander, a prominent member of the Afghan insurgency, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

If President Obama hadn’t acknowledged the CIA presence on the base al-Qaeda (and everyone else) wouldn’t have had a clue, but thanks to him the secret is out and more lives are in jeopardy.

I’m sure al-Qaeda is using his own words in the recruitment efforts at this very moment.