Rich Galen

Every Member of Congress and commissioned officer (civilian and military) in federal service as well as every enlisted service member takes an oath that requires they promise to:

"support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…"

This oath is required by statute. The Presidential oath, the only oath in the Constitution, does not contain that language:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

I only raise that because the issue of "enemies foreign or domestic" has raised its ugly head in Boston in Damascus and in Benghazi.

First Boston.

I don't know very much about the ins and outs of visa vigilance as they pertain to one Tamerlan Tsarnaev (the dead Boston bomber). That's not much of a problem.

What is a problem is when the FBI, DHS, NSA, NSC, CIA, and, for all I know, MIB don't seem to be able to track a guy about whom they have been warned. And some or all of those agencies were warned by our loyal allies in the security area, the Russians.

At one point we were told that Tsarnaev slipped through the immigration net having taking a six month trip to Russia because his name had been misspelled.

I did a test on this. I did a search on "Rihc Galen"

Google assumed I meant "Rich Galen" and found 3.3 million hits.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has since said that the redundancies in the immigration systems are every bit as good as Google's (my comparison, not hers) but the reason Tsarnaev got back in was because the FBI alert on him had expired and so his re-entry was not noted.

That "beep-beep-beep" sound you hear is team player Sec. Napolitano backing up the bus having thrown the FBI under it.

So many questions. How about the wife? She lives in an apartment with - forget about bomb parts she might not have recognized - how about asking what the hell multiple pressure cookers were doing in the living room. Were they going into the housewares business?

Ok. That's the domestic enemies.

The New York Times was all over a story that President Barack Obama's off-handed remark last summer that if Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used or moved chemical weapons that would be "a red line for us."

Just about everyone now believes Assad has used poison gas and is, in fact, consolidating his stores of chemical weapons - moving them around.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at