Tuesday, January 12, 2010

VERITAS: FIRST DOWN - OBAMA RECOVERS FROM TERRORISM STUMBLE


U.S. President Barack Obama had a tough time of it over the holidays, being slow out of the blocks to respond to the attempting airliner bombing near Detroit on Christmas Day, and hobbled by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s ham-fisted “the system worked” comment in the aftermath. But I think he has made some good strides since, in announcing the probe into how the plot came so close to succeeding, and then yesterday pronouncing it a system-wide intelligence failure, one for which “the buck” rests with him. Any leader in a crisis situation needs to show that they are “on the file,” actively engaged and aware that people are being adversely affected. Obama got there, eventually.

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