Sunday, January 3, 2010

Obama Confirms AQ Behind Crotch Bomber

Although this is not news, here it is.

yemenMap President Barack Obama on Saturday blamed an al Qaida affiliate for training and equipping the man who allegedly smuggled explosives aboard a Detroit-bound airliner in a failed bombing plot on Christmas Day.

The president gave his most detailed comments to date on the bombing attempt. A 23-year-old Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, allegedly boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 carrying explosives. Quick action by other passengers thwarted his alleged attempt to detonate them.

Obama said Abdulmutallab traveled to Yemen, where "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 same group killed one American in a bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen in 2008, Obama said. It also has bombed Yemeni government facilities, Western hotels, restaurants and other embassies in recent years, he said.

Obama said the U.S. would strengthen its cooperation with the government of Yemen to train and equip Yemeni security forces and share intelligence in a fight against al Qaida terrorists…

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Despite calls from idiots, teabaggers and GOP legislators to invade Yemen, Obama is doing the right thing here.  Why invade a country that is and has been cooperating?  Claims from idiots, teabaggers, and GOP legislators that Obama is somehow at fault for this are equally ludicrous.

These are the facts in this case.  The TSA policies that failed were set up during the Bush/GOP regime.  Any changes to improve them that the Obama administration might have made have been delayed, because Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) put a hold on Erroll Southers, Obama’s appointee to head the TSA.  The crotch bomber received his US visa during the Bush/GOP regime.  The crotch bomber was allowed to visit the US on two previous occasions during the Bush/GOP regime.  At the Saudis’ request, in order to garner their support for the Iraq war, the Bush/GOP regime released several Yemini AQ operatives from the GOP Gitmo Gulag, ignoring objections from both the military and the CIA that these men were terrorists who had expressed their determination to attack the US.  These may have been the very men who trained and equipped the crotch bomber.  These are the facts in this case.  When idiots, teabaggers, and GOP minions tell you the big lie that Obama is at fault for this, remember and repeat them.

And when they say that the Democrats’ policies are responsible for 9/11 early in the Bush/GOP regime, remember and repeat this:  When, less than a month before 9/11, CIA Director George Tenet sent a CIA agent all the way to Crawford to brief Bush that AQ intended an imminent attack against the US using airplanes, Bush brushed him off dismissively, “OK you covered your butt.”


Annette said...

Thanks Tom, we have to keep preaching and pointing this stuff out.. No matter what.. I appreciate you posting it.

I feel very strongly about this as I see you do too. Keep preaching brother.. lol

Leslie Parsley said...

I guess there've been other times in our country's history when a loud ignorant fringe element were as ignorant, paranoid and mean as these RR's, but someone smarter than me would have to refresh my memory. Of course there was the McCarthy era that destroyed so many lives, so I guess if we came through that, we will survive these dishonest, stupid, cruel, moronic righties.

Vigilante said...

I'm 99% in agreement with you, Tom C.

Obama's mission is not in too deep in Yemen, and not so big it can't ultimately fail. It is, after all, a week government and in the twilight of its oil economy.

The 1%? It's not the Crotch Bomber but the Penis Bomber! Please call it for what it is, like you usually do!

Infidel753 said...

Re: your second-to-last paragraph -- It is really astonishing how, the more we find out, it seems that there is no tiniest detail of anything that the Bush administration failed to screw up and leave in a mess for its successor. Any amateur could have run up the deficit, caused a recession, and bungled the occupation of Iraq. But Bush was a world-class artiste of fail and made sure every little detail was attended to.

It's not the Crotch Bomber but the Penis Bomber!

The Phallus Fighter

The Todger Terrorist

The Wang Warrior

The Dick Devastator (no, wait, that's Cheney)

The Choad Chump

Nice to be able to laugh at these guys, anyway.

Lisa G. said...

I'm with you all the way on this one. He was on the watch list, had no passport to get into the US, so why was he even allowed to get on the plane?

If some guy wants to blow his nuts off on a plane, who are we to stop him?

TomCat said...

Thanks Annette, and yes, the comment I posted at your place yesterday was the seed that grew into this article.

Leslie, the period circa John Quincy Adams to Andrew Jackson was similar, although my memory of those days is a bit foggy. ;-)

Vig, the term Crotch Bomber comes from Glenda, aka Hill, who posts over at Mike's.

Infidel, I fully agree, and ROTF!!

Lisa G. said...

In a side note, you guys gotta read this from the SF Chron:

This guy is predicting the rapture as May 21, 2011 using a mathematical equation "provided with clues from the Bible". Some of the comments are pee your pant funny. My favorite is this guy - "Great. My birthday is May 22, 2011 so I guess I'll be spending that one in hell. Dammit." I swear I am LMFAO at these comments. Another "How does the Chron decide which crackpot to cover?"

It's good fun at the expense of the Christian Taliban.

TomCat said...

Lisa, actually he was not on the watch list. He was on a larger list of potential problems. And he did have a valid US passport, issued under Condilousy.

Well, if the rapture occurs a year from may, there are going to be a bunch of disappointed teabaggers.

otis said...

One thing that people are missing with the stall of TSA head, the Sec. of Homeland Security should either A) Be taking care of those responibilities in the meanwhile or B) an under sec assistant to the assistant under sec. of the assistant's assistant should be taking care of these responisibilities.
The TSA head appointment is nothing but a go around for the Obama admin and the GOP. Now everyone has a scape goat, each other. GOP:"If Obama put up a reasonable candidate..." Obama: "If the GOP would stop playing politics.."
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would say it was all orchestrated.
Finally, if this guy never went through US customs, it isn't the US's fault. I know that the GOP would like us to take over these responsibilities (and all others) worldwide, it just isn't going to happen. Not even after the Rapture.

Karen said...

LOL... crotch bomber!!

Wonder what's next, uh, never mind... don't wanta know!!

Lisa G. said...

I've read (I believe on Huffpo) that he did NOT have a valid passport but was escorted by a "well dressed Indian man" onto the plane. Time and a jury trial will get to the true facts in this case.

Oso said...

Don't believe everything you read. I did not escort the crotch bomber onto a plane and I don't dress well.

ivan said...

Another false flag operation.

We hope this time there is not a fool on the hill.

It is not Yemen, for god's sake.

Mr. Obama and the generals: Get the paragigm right.

Do I have to spell it out for you?
The plan is to Afghanistize the entire Middle East. And how are you going to do that with three pawnbroker's balls hanging off the country?

SJ said...

You're right TC,
we'll never know just how much we don't know about the last admin until Cheney's papers are declassified in 30 years.

Infidel753 said...

Lisa G: If some guy wants to blow his nuts off on a plane, who are we to stop him?

Kinda defeats the purpose of getting the 72 virgins, you'd think.....

Karen: Wonder what's next, uh, never mind... don't wanta know!!

We may have already seen a hint.....

Lisa G. said...

I'm sure his nuts will grow back in time for his 72 virgins, or whatever some shithead promised him. Maybe he won't get to knock them up? :) Do terrorist babies get to cross over? I dunno, that sounds kinda iffy even for me.

And Oso, I wasn't referring to the real Indians like you. It's the ones from the other continent I was talking about. And, after seeing your pic, well dressed, you are not.

See my comment on the Christmas poll about sweat pants being my 'holy garments'. I'm not one to cast stones, but hey..... :)

ivan said...

another Iraq coming in Yemen on the scant evidence of one goofball, or, more accurately, a nutball.
And poor President Obama is going right along with it. He is intelligent, very. But...
What the hell!

TomCat said...

Otis, you make a good point about the security lapses in Ghana and the Netherlands, but his visa should have been revoked.

Karen, I'd tell you what's next, but you'd say, "TomCat, ewwww..." ;-)

Oso, your denials are falling on deaf ears. ;-)

Ivan, do you really think this is a false flag? Why would Obama want an excuse for another war? From what I am reading the US anf te Yemeni governments are cooperating on this.

SJ, IMHO the best of Cheney's papers have already been shredded.

Infidel, I think Bush deserves 72 virgins also... all male.

Lisa, confusing indians with indians, are you? ;-)

ivan said...


In Yemen, it's a U.S. and British puppet government, and Al Quaeda, of course will take revenge for the coming bombings...Like wire up another fool?

TomCat said...

Is it, Ivan? What's your evidence for that? To be honest, I have not had the chance to research it in depth as yet.

David said...

Presbo's Admin has had AMPLE time to change whatever they found fault with after Bush. Not to mention the Dem's have a SUPERMAJORITY in The Congress which they can use to push through whatever they like, as they are currently proving with Healthcare. But, as I can see the "Blame Bush" crowd is alive and well as Presbo continues apologizing for America's greatness. Your loss :)