Bipartisan Commission Gives Obama “F”

 Obama Gets “F” For Failing To Protect U.S. From Bio-Terror 

"It's Not About Me..."

 President Obama’s failure as POTUS is now documented by a bipartison commission. In an article published today on  Fox News,  Judith Miller writes:

 In a 19-page report card being published Tuesday, the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism, chaired by former Senators Bob Graham, a Democrat from Florida, and Jim Talent, a Missouri Republican, gives the new administration the grade of “F” for failing to take key steps the commission outlined just over a year ago in its initial report.

Say, isn’t that a rather important part of his job? Maybe if he wasn’t spending so much time:  

  • Picking Czars and Czardines in order to bypass those pesky Senate confirmation hearings 
  • Trying to spend us into oblivion with a pork-riddled stimulus package nobody read before signing 
  • Nationalizing banks and automakers
  • Scheming behind closed doors how to force-feed us a Health Care Reform program the vast majority don’t want
  • Attempting to shove Cap and Trade down our throats
  • Traveling around the world embarassing us with the SAY WHAT tour (Symbolic All-Year World Healing Apology Tour)
  • Reminding us in speech after speech that it’s not about him…

 …perhaps he’d have had time to follow the recommendations that were provided to him last year: 

Specifically, the commission concludes that the Obama administration… has failed to pay consistent and urgent attention to increasing the nation’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to a germ attack that would inflict massive casualties on the nation. 

In fairness, the commission faults the past three administrations (Both Bush administrations and the Clinton Administration) for having “failed to pay consistent and urgent attention to increasing the nation’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to a germ attack that would inflict massive casualties on the nation.”

  But Obama’s administration was the first to have the benefit of a report with recommendations to be followed. None of the recommendations were acted on.

 In, perhaps, the most chilling condemnation of the report, the commission states:

“[U]nless nations acted decisively and urgently, it was more likely than not that a WMD will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013, and that the terrorists’ weapon of choice would be biological, rather than nuclear.” 

The commission cited how the Obama administration’s delayed response to the H1N1 virus demonstrated that the U.S. was “woefully behind in its ability to rapidly produce rapidly vaccines and therapeutics, essential steps for adequately responding to a biological threat, whether natural or man-made.” 

The report also mentioned that, even though Obama’s administration had time to prepare, the epidemic peaked “before most Americans had access to vaccine.” Considering that a bio-terrorist attack would likely provide no warning, this is not very comforting.

 I doubt we’ll hear POTUS address this during his State of the Union message. 

 Several days ago, while addressing a jobs and economic town hall meeting in Elyria, Ohio, President Obama insisted, ‘It’s not about me, folks…” as he repeatedly referred to himself throughout what amounted to just another empty campaign speech. 

 Well, when it comes to failing to protect our country, it IS about you, Mr. President.  Read the report. And this is one failure you can’t try to palm off on George W. Bush. That dog just won’t hunt anymore.

 This report is all about you, Mr. President.

 Gerry Ashley

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14 Responses to Bipartisan Commission Gives Obama “F”

  1. Ben Hoffman says:

    [This report is all about you, Mr. President.]

    No, actually it’s also about the Bush administrations failure to implement the necessary changes. And the commission also gave three ‘A’s:

    [The Report Card also includes “A” grades for achieving specific actions related to a review of domestic programs to secure dangerous pathogens, for finalizing and approving an Interagency Bioforensics Strategy, and for conducting recommended reorganization inside the National Security Council.]

    Nice try.

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Ben, the report does blame the previous three administrations – which I DID mention, by the way. Just as I mentioned the most saliant point: Bush wasn’t handed the blue-print of recommended actions to take. Obama was. And Obama did nothing with it.

      Hence the well-deserved “F.”

      • Ben Hoffman says:

        [Bush wasn’t handed the blue-print of recommended actions to take. ]

        The hell he wasn’t. What about the recommendations of the 9/11 commission?

  2. Gerry Ashley says:

    Ben,

    First, you’ve either missed the point or are trying to redirect the point I was making to imply something other than what I said.

    Nice try. To put the record straight, the statement I made is that Bush wasn’t given the blueprint THIS commission (the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism) developed. THIS commission gave their blueprint and recommendations to President Obama who has done NOTHING with it.

    But let’s go ahead and look at the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. One could easily make the case that Bush has followed each of the 12 recommendations to a reasonable level.

    If you disagree, which ones do you feel he did not address? Unless you can provide specifics, I’d say Bush went 12 for 12 on the 9/11 Commission recommendations while Obama didn’t even step into the batter’s box in regards to the recommendations of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism.

    The net result? Did we feel safer under President Bush as a result of his actions? You BET. Do we feel safer under Obama’s leadership and with what he has done in this area? I can’t believe anyone would even have the chutzpah to ask that question. Our enemies laugh openly at him and criticize him to his face. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Ortega ripping into Obama at the Summit of the Americas where Ortega ripped the United States while Obama sat there like an impotent groom on his wedding night, or Fidel Castro (who is still pulling the strings on the Puppet known as Raul) as he blasted Obama for the way he posed himself to take credit for improving relations with Cuba.

    I must acknowledge, however: Obama DID win the Nobel Peace Prize… also for doing nothing and accomplishing nothing. But hey… at least he’s consistent.

    • Ben Hoffman says:

      [The net result? Did we feel safer under President Bush as a result of his actions? You BET.]

      No we didn’t. We were expecting another attack any day because of Bush’s ineptitude and because he made so many people hate the U.S. And it took the Democrats to push for the implementation of many of the 9/11 commission recommendations.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/09/AR2007010901064.html

      Here’s a report entitled “Wasted Lessons of 9/11: How the Bush Administration Has Ignored the Law and Squandered Its Opportunities to Make Our Country Safer”
      http://www.hsdl.org/hslog/?q=node/4352

      • Gerry Ashley says:

        THANK YOU for proving my point with your link to the Washington Post article. I realize you’re an Obama supporter and, perhaps in your mind, the President is omnipotent and simply waves his hand, and “Voila!” Magic Happens and it’s all done! That may be how Obama sees himself as well. To listen to his speeches, it gives one that impression.

        But in the REAL world (i.e. the one Obama wants to bypass… you know, the one where the Constitution still means something), to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, the process was like ANY OTHER in our political system: A bill has to be passed by the House and Senate before the President gets to sign it into law. All this article shows is the part where the House was voting on one such proposed piece of legislation. Nowhere did it suggest they had to do this because the President had failed to act.

        As for the second link, there are some valid criticisms about Bush’s failure to act on some Key recommendations. But that same report acknowledges that he DID address others. Again, that proves my point: While Bush wasn’t perfect, at least he was in the game. Obama has yet to come out of the dugout.

      • Ben Hoffman says:

        Bush allowed us to be attacked on 9/11 after a flood of warnings. He knew it was coming, which is why he stayed away from Washington. He took a month long vacation and then hid out in Florida.

  3. Gerry Ashley says:

    OK, Ben. You had me going there for a moment. I didn’t recognize you without the tinfoil beanie.

    We almost had an intelligent discussion going here until you let your real agenda show. Yeah, Bush knew about the attack, but chose to let thousands of people die. Uh-huh.

    And the World Trade Center buildings were imploded with explosives at the direct order of Bush and Cheney. They just got lucky with the planes crashing into them, I guess. And, to quote Rosie O’Donnell, “This was the first time in history steel was melted by fire.” (that got a huge laugh with the steel workers, by the way).

    And Global warming is real. Just ask Al Gore and all those scientists who did the resea… uh, woops, no, they have admitted to falsifying data on that.

    And it’s all Bush’s fault.

    Don’t forget your tin foil hat on the way out.

    Next…

    • Ben Hoffman says:

      Ha! I touched a nerve by criticizing your leader. The fact is, there was a lot of evidence that we were going to be attacked, yet nothing was done. Remember the memo: “Bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S?”

      And now, members of the Bush administration are claiming they kept us safe for eight years and that we were never attacked during their administration. Talk about wearing a tin foil hat.

      Okay, in lockstep now… right, left, right, left…

  4. Mike Razim says:

    The whole point behind terrorism is to attack a county when they are unprepared and vulnerable, making it nearly impossible for the US to be prepared to face attacks such as these. The newsy video shows some great perspective on this issue, saying that just as we become prepared for wmd, terrorists obtain more powerful ones and we thus become unprepared again. There are definitely some steps we can be taking in the right destruction, but as far as being prepared, we may not every be fully prepared.

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Hi Mike,

      You’ve got some valid points. And while I agree with the premise that we may not ever be fully prepared, that’s not really the point. The point is we must also acknowledge that those things that we CAN do will make it harder for terrorists to strike. And we must do nothing less than that which has been recommended by The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism. And Obama simply has not done that. But he had time to travel around the world apologizing for America’s greatness. And he had the time to try to attempt to shove his Health Care agenda down our throats. You get the idea. He was given specific recommendations and CHOSE to not do anything…which ultimately raises the risk factor for all Americans.

      In short, no, we’ll never be completely safe, but YES, we have to take whatever steps we can to secure our country and its citizens. To ignore the recommendations of a panel put together specifically determine what steps we need to take to minimize the opportunity for a terrorist strike is simply worthy of a Grade of F”

  5. Gerry Ashley says:

    Sorry to disappoint you, Ben. But you haven’t “touched a nerve” in me. It would take a LOT more than what you’ve got to do that. But like most liberals, all you have are your talking points, yet you provide not one iota of evidence to back any of your claims other than the fantasy of conspiracy theorists.

    Incidentally: Bush wasn’t “MY” leader. He was “OUR” leader. Just like Barack Obama is “OUR” leader now. The problem with some liberals is they can’t allow acknowledge that fact. They/you have to put the invictive “your” in there in lieu of any real data to back their statements.

    I’ve given you ample opportunity to make your points with verifiable facts. You have not done so. At this point, if you have nothing to offer in the way of PROOF of your 9/11 allegations against Bush/Cheney (and I mean VERIFIABLE proof), there’s nothing left to discuss.

    So, Ben, if you would like the last word, the floor is yours. My guess is you will try to bait me with yet another unsubstantiated talking point, but in truth, Ben, I’m done here.

    • Ben Hoffman says:

      [yet you provide not one iota of evidence to back any of your claims other than the fantasy of conspiracy theorists.]

      I never claimed there was a conspiracy. I just said he knew it was coming and provided a reference to the memo as evidence. There were several other warnings, also.

      [Incidentally: Bush wasn’t “MY” leader. He was “OUR” leader. Just like Barack Obama is “OUR” leader now.]

      No, they preside over our country, but they’re not our leaders. We elect them to make decisions for us — supposedly for the good of the country.

      Right-wingers are followers and therefore, they see the president as their leader. Those who can think for themselves see the president as someone who is working for us.

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