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Zazi’s Nabber – Obama????

October 9, 2009

Zazi’s Nabber

IBD: 7 Oct. 2009

National Security: Intelligence officials say alleged terrorist plotter Najibullah Zazi was caught not thanks to domestic surveillance but by CIA tracking of al-Qaida. The White House says the president did it. [???]

Imagine you, or perhaps your father, were one of the five Marines who raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Then imagine seeing Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of that iconic image.

But then you read the caption below the photo. It says that according to the White House, what those Marines were doing was the result of “President Roosevelt’s deep involvement in the war effort.” The claim is that the Marines only had sketchy information about Iwo Jima, but the president sensed something and held “an intensive three-week White House focus” on the impending attack.

Wouldn’t it sound fishy? Wouldn’t you feel as if the real heroes had been dishonored for the sake of an oversized presidential ego?

Of course, FDR made no such claim. But the Obama White House is taking credit for the arrest of Zazi, the 24-year-old Afghan immigrant who allegedly was plotting a terrorist attack in New York City. Authorities believe he was trained by al-Qaida in Pakistan and sought common beauty products to make bombs.

Zazi was reportedly tracked down through the CIA’s discovery of his communications with a high-level al-Qaida contact. But to hear the White House describe it, you’d think a satellite was transmitting real-time video to the Situation Room showing Zazi as he drove across the country.

“Senior officials added the case to Obama’s daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office,” the Washington Post was told by presidential aides, after which “the case quickly piqued Obama’s curiosity and led to what aides called an intensive three-week White House focus on the case.”

What a juggling act: While pushing Congress for radical health reform, reneging on our commitment to the Poles and the Czechs on missile defense, pondering whether to take the advice of the general he appointed to run the war in Afghanistan, and horning into Israel’s domestic policies regarding settlements, the commander in chief managed to laser in on the Zazi case at a point when the professionals “had only fragmented information about Zazi.”

Far from demonstrating any magical presidential sixth sense, the foiling of this plot proves Islamist sleeper cells are among us, ready to be awakened at any moment and commit, as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano calls them, “man-caused disasters.”

The rest of us call them “acts of terrorism.”

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