Witnesses said that when they saw U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan open fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in November the same year, he shouted the same phrase -- while killing 13 and wounding 32. He has been charged with criminal acts in a case of "workplace violence."
On Christmas Day 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was apprehended in Detroit aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 after attempting to detonate a bomb concealed in his underwear. Though witnesses said he, too, shouted "Allahu akbar," the Nigerian terrorist quickly was informed that he had the "right to remain silent" -- Mirandized, in law enforcement vernacular -- instead of being interrogated and treated as an enemy combatant.
Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, was apprehended in May 2010, just days after street vendors noticed his SUV, parked in Manhattan's crowded Times Square, was smoking. The NYPD bomb squad found the vehicle packed with homemade explosives. Shahzad was caught at Kennedy Airport attempting to board a flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He, too, was treated as a common criminal and is serving a life sentence.
On Sept. 11 of last year, radical Islamist militants launched well-coordinated hours-long assaults on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, during which four Americans were killed. This week, five committees of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a report that chronicles Obama administration misfeasance and malfeasance before, during and after the attacks. Nonetheless, the White House continues to insist that al-Qaida is "decimated" and refuses to describe the attackers as radical Islamists. Despite presidential promises to "bring the perpetrators to justice," no one has been apprehended.
Now there is the case of 19-year-old Chechen-born U.S. citizen Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He's currently hospitalized under guard and accused as the sole surviving perpetrator in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three and wounded nearly 200. According to press reports, he was Mirandized after brief questioning by FBI agents to confirm that he and his brother had acted alone and that there were no other imminent threats.
The O-Team's hollow rhetoric, dissembling and dubious record of effectiveness in fighting those who have declared war against us are especially troubling now that chemical weapons have been used in Syria. The president repeatedly has described this as a red line. The aftermath of the White House's failure to articulate the true nature of the threat, identify who our adversaries really are and devise a strategy for dealing with them bodes ill for protecting the American public here at home and U.S. interests overseas.
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.