Who Is the President’s Enemy? Hint, It’s Not The Guys Trying to Blow Stuff Up.

| December 31, 2009 | 2 Replies

Maybe I was wrong about the Obama administration’s willingess to respond with strength and speed to enemy attacks. My mistake was in assuming that the people the White House considers enemies are the same ones I do.

For example, I think Islamists who want to kill Americans by the planeload are the enemy. The Obama administration, as Mark Hemingway found, has someone else in mind entirely.

But what I can’t wrap my head around is that it took the President four days to acknowledge what he termed a “catastrophic” national security failure, but Cheney criticizes the administration’s handling of the war on terror and they have a rapid response on the White House blog in a matter of hours? Priorities!

Then again, it took six days to respond to the riots in the streets of Tehran during their election, so four days seems about right for a barely averted domestic catastrophe.

Jennifer Rubin has as good an answer for why that’s so as any I’ve seen. If you see Islamism as little more than an organized crime syndicate and politics as a blood sport, then of course you’ll see a political attack as more worthy of rapid response than an actual attack.

As she notes, though, it’s more than just a skewed worldview at work here. This administration knows only politics and campaigning. Everything it does is geared toward pushing a poll number in a favorable direction. That explains this Prowler item in which a number of administration sources revealed how the White House has been building a number of attack¬†memos using¬†classified information about Yemeni and Nigerian Islamist detainees to blame the whole attack on George W. Bush (via Michael van der Galien and memeorandum).

If the White House really wants to move a poll number, let me suggest it pay a bit of attention to this one. When a healthy majority of America is good with waterboarding a guy you are treating as little more than a petty criminal, you have a bigger problem than criticism from Dick Cheney.

UPDATE: Can you call someone an enemy and still trade him like a baseball card?

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