With guys like this watching out for us, how could I not?
NCTC director Michael Leiter remained on ski slopes after Christmas Day airline bombing attempt
The top official in charge of analyzing terror threats did not cut short his ski vacation after the underwear bomber nearly blew up an airliner on Christmas Day, the Daily News has learned.
Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center since 2007, decided not to return to his agency’s “bat cave” nerve center in McLean, Va., until several days after Christmas, two U.S. officials said.
“People have been grumbling that he didn’t let a little terrorism interrupt his vacation,” said one of the sources.
Oh, come on, now. Did you really expect him to give up his place in the ski-lift line just because a jihadi tried to blow up a plane full of people over a major American city? Besides, he was just following his boss’ example. Jeez, there are priorities, you know.
So, let’s see. We have a President who takes three days to make a statement so bloodless and perfunctory that it was obvious he wanted to get back to his golf game. Then there’s his Homeland Security Secretary, who beclowned herself on national TV the weekend after the attack by telling us the system worked – and then that it didn’t. And don’t forget the chief counterterrorism adviser to the President, who assured us there are no downsides to treating the Pantybomber as a criminal suspect; after all, we can offer him a plea-bargain.
Who knew that, in November, 2008, we stepped into a time machine and traveled back to September 10th?
LINKS: More disgusted reactions at Hot Air.