Obama's reaction to the underwear bomber has further strained relations. He condemned what he called "systemic failures" in the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies for failing to "connect the dots," and announced "he would not tolerate it." This is a classic example of passing the buck. CIA officials had sent all relevant data to the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, which was set up after the 9/11 attacks as a clearinghouse where raw data should be analyzed. Ironically, the Obama administration had planned deep budget cuts for the NCTC before the terrorist attack.
Obama has also met tough resistance in the Pentagon for his pipe dream of a nuclear-free world. Obama loves traveling the world making silve- tongued promises which are dangerous. For example, Obama wants to unilaterally disarm in the hopes that our enemies follow suit. The second contentious part of Obama's policy is to issue strict guidelines that lay out in detail to the public when the United States would use nuclear weapons. This policy is meaningless because our enemies won't believe our statements anyway. And, if we do follow these protocols, we will then be handcuffing ourselves as to when we'll protect the nation. Does anyone really believe that Obama, when he couldn't even get world leaders to agree to a global climate treaty, will be able to convince them to throw down their nuclear weapons?
Barack Obama with his managerial incompetence, his willingness to deflect blame onto others, and his utopian worldview, are alienating two of our important assets in the global war on terror. The bottom line is that this president is willing to sacrifice American lives in order pursue dangerous policies that are popular only with leftists worldwide.