Obama’s Defense Plan: “We Can Absorb a Terrorist Attack”




by Ben Johnson

September the 11th for them was a bad day; for us it was a change of attitude” — President George W. Bush, 2006.

Barack Obama has a unique response to terrorist attacks: America can “absorb” them. A new book shows the president exhibits blasé indifference to the prospect of American citizens suffering another 9/11 attack from Islamic terrorists but is highly concerned that he not accept the blame for such an event. The book also reveals Obama crafted his own military strategy for Afghanistan — ignoring Pentagon advice, binding soldiers with pages of activities they cannot do, and saddling them with a deadline for withdrawal — creating a plan so hopeless a senior administration official believes “it can’t work.” As this writer has long noted, Obama hopes to drain the military budget so it can be redeployed into domestic spending programs that “fundamentally transform America.”

The new revelations are found in Watergate reporter Bob Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars. In addition to showing a dysfunctional administration filled with self-important charlatans at war with each other over power and prestige — the norm in Washington — excerpts portray a president who views constant briefings about impending terrorist threats as a hassle. The commander-in-chief told Woodward during a July interview, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever…we absorbed it, and we are stronger.”

At least, those of us who survived.

This administration believes the real threat is not terrorism but bad PR. The New York Times reports a telling event in Woodward’s book: When Admiral Dennis Blair, then the National Intelligence Director, told the White House of “radicals with American and European passports were being trained in Pakistan to attack their homelands,” Rahm Emanuel replied, “You’re just trying to put this on us so it’s not your fault.” Faced with the news that their country could be under attack by stateside religious fanatics, Obama officials’ first instinct was to shift the blame and tell their intelligence chief to shut up.

When Woodward asked about the prospect of terrorists unleashing a nuclear attack on American soil, the most Obama could muster was that such a move could represent “a potential game changer.” Potential?

It was not always this way. On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush told NBC News, “I realize that my most important responsibility, and that of all of us in government, is to protect the people. I mean, after all, 19 people killed 3,000 citizens.”

Woodward similarly captures Obama tailoring his policy in Afghanistan to suit his re-election efforts, putting politics ahead of saving our soldiers’ lives. Last summer, Gen. Stanley McChrystal reported solemnly that Obama needed to dispatch at least 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan or risk “mission failure.” Obama, through Joe Biden, pushed for 20,000. Ultimately, Obama took all the proposals on the table and wrote his own: deploying 30,000 troops with a six-page-long “terms sheet” of new activities they could not engage in, even if their lives depended on it. Obama’s special representative for the region, Richard Holbrooke, looked at the plan and surmised, “It can’t work.” When a Pentagon official asked the president for 4,500 additional enablers to undergird the mission, Obama exploded at the military servant, “I’m done doing this!”Obama told Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-SC, he set a withdrawal timetable in Afghanistan because, “I can’t lose the whole Democratic Party.” Marine General James Conway told reporters last month this deadline is “giving our enemy sustenance.” But it is also giving MoveOn.org sustenance, and apparently Obama thinks that a worthwhile trade-off.

Electoral politics were not his only concern. He wants to spend the Defense budget on domestic programs to redistribute the wealth. Obama told Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “I am not spending a trillion dollars” on Afghanistan. The New York Times reported that last summer when Gen. McChrystal unveiled the plan necessary to safeguard our troops’ lives and prevail in Afghanistan, “The president seemed in sticker shock, watching his domestic agenda vanishing in front of him.” (Emphasis added.)

Obama had proceeded apace. Last month, he announced, via Robert Gates, that he would cut “a substantial number” of the 2,800 positions at the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. On Labor Day, he called for a new $50 billion stimulus plan. (Actually, closer to a $400 billion stimulus plan.) At the same time, he hiked the salaries of two million federal employees; allowed the Labor Department to hire 250 new investigators to harass the private sector; and announced he’s spending $600 million to prevent home foreclosures in five states (a program that ends two months after the 2012 election).

As I have long noted, liberals view the military budget — one of the few constitutionally enumerated functions of the federal government — as a piggy bank to be raided for socialist domestic programs. The far-Left believes the United States is the world’s foremost exporter of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, capitalism, exploitation, war, and consumerism. To redeem itself, the United States must shift away from defending itself — why defend the indefensible? — and instead “fundamentally transform” the nation into a kindler, gentler, more equal society that plays well with others on the global stage. In practice, this means leaving America defenseless while redistributing the wealth at home and bowing to the wishes of a UN world government. America’s Founding Fathers opposed both actions then, and most Americans oppose such actions now. Yet Obama and his merry band of unconfirmed czars are imposing their will on America from above.

The title of Woodward’s new book, Obama’s Wars, refers to the fight in Afghanistan and the internal divisions within the administration. Unfortunately, it overlooks Obama’s war on America.

(H/T for the opening quotation: Crane Durham.)



About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website, TheRightsWriter.com, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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14 Responses to Obama’s Defense Plan: “We Can Absorb a Terrorist Attack”

  1. stevor says:

    Sure, we can “absorb” another attack, especially when it’d done as a “false flag” operation by the CIA to make everybody scared of the bogeyman and we keep fighting wars forever. Follow the money (and there’s TRILLIONS involved in “wars”).
    Maybe, just maybe, if Obummer actually does “change” things, he’ll expose those war mongers for what they are, stop the CIA from creating these “wars”, and then we can have PEACE!

  2. GLDSLV7887 says:

    I WONDER IF THE BIG OBAMA CAN ABSORB A TERRORIST ATTACK ON HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY?
    ONLY A FOOL MAKES STATEMENTS LIKE THAT, HE IS NOT A FOOL, SO WE MUST LABEL HIM A
    TRAITOR (BENADICT ARNOLD) COMES TO MIND. WE MUST GET HIM AND ALL HIS COHORTS OUT
    OF GOVT. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. HE STILL HAS TIME UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR TO PASS
    OTHER BILLS TO RUIN OUR U.S. – HE HAS SURELY MADE A GOOD START.

  3. bjcoop says:

    WHAT WE ARE DEALING HERE IN THIS WHITEHOUSE IS TOTALLY A DAMN FOOL. NEED I SAY MORE.

  4. sk1951 says:

    And they say Sheriff Joe robbed money from accounts use for "other purposes" How does that get into every bill? It is a open invitation to steal!!!!!!!

  5. toledojjj says:

    we need to expose obama to that he is not a united states citizen, he was born in kenya, his grandmother and uncle both say he was born there, he came to this country from Indonisea, he came her as a student from the fulbright foundation program, he gave twenty five million dollars of taxpayers money to kenya for some stupid election, congress or the senate did not know a thing about it was it was done secretly he bowed down to kiss the hand of the king in arabea because he is a muslim , they wanted a muslim in the white house by 2008, well you all have him, now what are the american people going to do abourt this fraud of a president.

  6. DemsRjackasses says:

    Everybody knows Obummer is an a-hole, even my barber who voted for him says so.

    DemsRjackasses

  7. toledojjj says:

    what you have is a fraud in the white house, obama came to this country froim Indonisea, he came here as a student through the fulbright foundation program, he is and always be a muslim, why do you all think he bowed down and kissed the hand of the king in araiba, because he is a muslim, they helped him get into the white house they wanted a muslim in the whitehouse by 2008, well he is there and now its up to the people to get him out, they need to contact there senators and congress people to inpeach him, as he is a fraud, and im not afraid to say it, the government dont scare me at all, what are they going to do, put me in jail, then they will have to feed me and take care of all my medical needs.

  8. dpugsr says:

    Obama: "We can absorb a terrorist attack." Yes Mr. Obama we can , but I prefer that you do. This is a most reveling article and I look forward to the full diclosure of the book. It is more revealing for the lack of deapth of the POTUS.

  9. dandee says:

    The meaning of the word "absorb" must not mean the same thing to this Muslim as it does to me and a million others. He should look up what the Dictionary says it means. Of course, he could absorb anything, he has millions of places in those empty suits that could be used.

  10. ickiebob says:

    Hussein is a chicken-livered,yellow-bellied,moooslum,anti-american,coward.

  11. shotpusher says:

    We've absorbed his assaults on us so far, he's the big daddy of domestic terrorists.

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