WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has a nearly flawless record on the economy. When President Barack Obama or one of his senior minions, such as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, launches a rhetorical offensive on protecting us from the perils of capitalism, we have learned to expect an instant stock market nose dive followed by higher unemployment rates and talk of greater government spending and debt and higher taxes. That's bad enough, but now the O-Team is talking about protecting us from terrorism.
Last Sunday, in a surreal "warm-up" for the Super Bowl, Mr. Obama told CBS News' Katie Couric that putting 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial in New York City is a good idea. With a completely straight face, he claimed, "We're not handling any of these cases any different than the Bush administration handled them all through 9/11." It isn't entirely clear what "all through 9/11" means, perhaps because this stunningly disingenuous comment was delivered without the aid of a teleprompter. This is, after all, the man who made "closing Gitmo" his first official act as president. Evidently, the Obama spin cycle has no limits -- and there is no setting for "truth."
Set aside trying to imagine President George W. Bush putting KSM on trial in the Big Apple, just blocks from where 3,000 perished in the Twin Towers. And don't even think about how Mr. Obama could apologize to people in dozens more countries for America in general and his predecessor in particular -- only to now embrace "Bush-era practices." It is alarming how facile it has become for Mr. Obama and the rest of the O-Team to dissemble about the real risks confronting us -- and what we need to do to protect ourselves.
Last week, with the federal government shut down by a snowstorm, "nonessential personnel" were told to stay home. One of the apparently "essential personnel" was John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama's "terrorism czar," whose official designation ("Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism") is worthy of a Soviet Politburo title. On Tuesday, Brennan took to the op-ed page of USA Today to spin the O-Team's decision to treat Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day underpants bomber, as a common criminal instead of as an enemy combatant.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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