Far from seeing failure, Gibbs saw reason for celebration. Shahzad was found quickly, he pointed out, with federal, state and local authorities working together. "So in many ways, we want to celebrate the success of, rightly so, of what law enforcement was able to do," Gibbs said.There have been 4 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since the Obama administration began; one success and three failures. The one success was by a U.S.-trained terrorist: Maj. Nadal Hasan. The three failures were due to terrorist incompetence, not Homeland Security competence.
Tell that to Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. "These guys continue to be in denial," Hoekstra says of the White House. "We're just a couple of smart people away from having 300, 400, 500 Americans killed. We have to express our appreciation to the FBI and the New York Police Department for capturing this guy, but our focus should be on how he got to Times Square and almost blew up an SUV loaded with explosives. That's not success in my book. Success would have been identifying this guy and making sure he didn't get to Times Square."
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
TERROR ATTACKS raise tension between the Obama administration and the GOP.