“The terrorist threat facing our country has evolved significantly in the last 10 years—and continues to evolve,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, 9 February 2011

This is quite the quote from this Administration. After all, this was the President that was going to change the way the Islamic community viewed the United States. He was going to be the great uniter, the first post-partisan President, the first blah, blah, blah. Frankly, nothing this man has claimed to be has held water. He’s been pretty pathetic.

So when I see Big Sister Napolitano claiming that the threat of terrorism is as bad as it has ever been, well, it begs some questions. Like how serious has this administration really been when it comes to dealing with the threat of terrorism? In March of 2009, Napolitano did an interview with Der Speigel:

SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word “terrorism.” Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

NAPOLITANO: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

Of course, this was also the same Administration that refused to use the term “long war” or the “Global War on Terrorism,” choosing instead “overseas contingency operations”. And let us not forget that two days after being sworn into office, Obama signed an executive order to close Guantanamo Bay, which is still open because- as President Bush told him- the home countries for these detainees are not prepared or interested in their coming back. Never mind the fact that the recidivism rate for detainees released from GITMO is increasing.

I’ll credit the Administration with one thing, and one thing only, they’ve maintained or increased the drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, and that has had a significant impact.

This aside, the record of this Administration effectively dealing with terrorism isn’t all that grand. For instance:

The Christmas Day Bomb Plot

On Christmas morning of 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, or the Underwear Bomber, attempted to detonate an explosive device that was hidden in his underwear. The device didn’t detonate for one reason- operator error. The device likely used a chemical detonator, and Abdulmutallab- using a syringe filled with a chemical catalyst- injected the catalyst into the explosive itself, not the detonator or booster. In other words, two inches is what separated an explosion from Abdulmutallab setting his junk on fire.

The Administration didn’t catch this, they didn’t prevent the attack, they didn’t mitigate anything: WE GOT LUCKY.

Times Square Bomb Plot

In the early morning hours of May 1st, 2010, Faisal Shahzad placed a car bomb in Times Square. The device didn’t detonate for one reason- operator error. The detonator, which was incorrectly wired, failed to initiate the bomb. When the FBI reconstructed the device and tested it, this is what they saw:

Again, the Administration didn’t catch this, they didn’t prevent the attack, they didn’t mitigate anything: WE GOT LUCKY.


In late October 2010, the US was tipped off by Saudi Arabian intelligence that there were bombs being sent via cargo flights to the United States. The Saudi’s were so kind as to even provide tracking numbers for the bombs. Something to consider:

It was a very close call and even with reliable information, ending the threat took cooperation and a little luck by the international community the were involved in stopping this possible catostraphic event from occurring. The bomb packages had traveled through five countries before being intercepted. The UPS bomb traveled from Yemen to Germany and eventually to England where it was discovered. This bomb was set to go explode over the Eastern United States on it’s way to Chicago. The FEDEX package traveled through Yemen, Qatar and Dubai.

The Intelligence Community, working closely with our allies in the region, were able to thwart the attack, barely. The only reason we were, was because we had allies in the region who were willing to help us, hence my consistent disapproval of how this Administration consistently treats our allies. Because of our allies WE GOT LUCKY.

So far, Big Sis’s antidote to terrorism is to take dirty pictures of passengers. Can we seriously stop deluding ourselves when it comes to terrorism? The terrorist threat that we in the United States, and the West in general, face is from radical Islamic terrorist groups. Ignoring this fact will not make them look on us with friendlier eyes and it certainly won’t stop the next terrorist attack.