December 30th, 2009
08:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Ignoring the 9/11 Commission Report?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Five and half years after the 9/11 Commission published its groundbreaking report, a man could still get on a U.S. jetliner and nearly blow it up. Page after page, the report outlined changes that needed to be made. So, how could this still happen? Who's responsible? Tonight, we're keeping them honest and demanding answers. You'll hear from former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.

Sticking on the terror beat, did you see the statement released today by former Vice President Dick Cheney, accusing Pres. Obama of not being tough enough on terrorism?

"As I've watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low-key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won't be at war. He seems to think if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won't be at war. He seems to think if we bring the mastermind of Sept. 11 to New York, give him a lawyer and trial in civilian court, we won't be at war, " Cheney wrote.

"He seems to think if he closes Guantanamo and releases the hard-core Al Qaeda-trained terrorists still there, we won't be at war. He seems to think if he gets rid of the words, 'war on terror,' we won't be at war. But we are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren't, it makes us less safe. Why doesn't he want to admit we're at war? It doesn't fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn't fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency – social transformation – the restructuring of American society. President Obama's first object and his highest responsibility must be to defend us against an enemy that knows we are at war," he added.

What do you think of Cheney's feedback? Sound off below.

The White House didn't waste time firing back.

"It is telling that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the Administration than condemning the attackers," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer wrote on the White House's official blog.

"Unfortunately too many are engaged in the typical Washington game of pointing fingers and making political hay, instead of working together to find solutions to make our country safer."

Also tonight, comedian Kathy Griffin stops by for a visit to weigh in on the wild stories of 2009. And, don't forget to join Kathy and Anderson for our New Year's Eve special live from Times Square tomorrow night. It's sure to be a fun and memorable way to ring in 2010.

Join us for all this and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET tonight on CNN. See you then!

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. steve- virginia beach, va

    Obama's actions make it clear that Cheney is right. Obama is clearly treating terrorists as a law enforcement issue rather than as a war. And he still hasn't kept his promise to implement the 9/11 commission recommendations. Perhaps the most telling sign is that for three months he made it clear that he hadn't considered Afghanastan to be important enough to stay on top of and got caught "with his pants down" when his Generals asked for more troops. His HHS Secretary doesn't even want to call it terrorism- their actions are man-made disasters. At best, this is a wake up call for Obama. I doubt we'll get much more from him beyond the usual rhetoric.

    December 31, 2009 at 2:47 am |
  2. zach

    Infringements on our rights will not make us safer from terrorism, but will make the public fear its own government. Luckily we have a president who doesn't want to turn this country into a police state. maybe we could try spending a few $ billion on health care instead of back door agencies in the pentagon. The previous administration used fear as a tool to violate our rights and wrongfully invade a continent under false pretenses. And now people want to criticize Obama for focussing on solving real problems instead of fighting a war that can never be won and losing countless lives in the process. There's a reason why american popularity and it's economy have depleted so rapidly in the past decade. And by the way I was in the U.S. Army, and there are not many soldiers who agree that we should be in Iraq, especially me. Wake up people, and take off your blindfolds.

    December 31, 2009 at 2:38 am |
  3. GINA

    Can we start act like adult. Everytime we come to a problem or situation we point the finger and don't accomplish anything. I feel unsafe and restricted in my own country, I should not have to live like that. President Obama can not be the answer to everything and he is not the blame for everything, he's just a man like the rest of us, not god!

    December 31, 2009 at 2:26 am |
  4. nana

    Dick Chenney di dnot do much in his time in office and he was kind of subdued. Why is he so vocal now?
    It is true e when they say that to some people wisdom comes late.
    Sorry Dick. Retire and go back to your people with some dignity.
    I admire Mr Bush, junior for minding his business and let the new president do his job.
    Dick please Do not carry other peoples monkies when you could not carry yours while in office. Thanks and have a happy new year

    December 31, 2009 at 2:12 am |
  5. Karen

    Dick Cheney needs to fix himself another drink and go back to watching Gun Smoke and old war movies...

    December 31, 2009 at 1:52 am |
  6. Karen george

    The people that whine about our rights being invaded apparently are neglecting the fact that our enemy is just that, "OUR" enemy. They do not want to merely attack our politicians & our military they want to kill ALL OF US. Those guys are using our very rights to gain access, I have little doubt that they aren't laughing at the red tape required to assist our government in keeping us safe. To think for a minute that this war can be fought merely by our soldiers, sailors and Marines is ridicules. We all are, or should be, soldiers, yes diligent soldiers in this battle. The more time & energy wasted arguing and pointing fingers the less time & energy there is to achieve our goal. What good are our rights going to do us if we're dead?! Our enemy surely enjoys watching our nation's leaders and past leaders bickering over egos and red tape. This is serious, we are at war with extremists that don't bother with protocol or care about borders, rules to protect our privacy, or political parties, they are loving watching the turmoil from within our own, they will use our "rights" to gain access and win their battle if we cannot unite together the very least we can do is unite to do whatever is necessary, to cooperate with whatever is necessary to beat the enemy we all, united or not share. I listen to the news and it reminds me of bickering children. Our enemy is loving it. Whatever happened to united we stand? Because divided we are certainly more apt to fall.

    December 31, 2009 at 1:45 am |
  7. Frank G Anderson

    Although it may satisfy some to get emotionalism off their chests by accusing the Obama administration of not knowing we are at war with terrorists, it does little to address issues or lead to understanding. It is totally illogical that the president of the United States would belittle terrorism as a threat.
    As an American with long experience living and working abroad, I know many of the anti-American feelings that others feel toward our country, including some from overseas Americans who are aghast at what our country says and does, except when it comes to Israel – which, by the way, was a factor in the 9/11 attacks – arising from occupation of the Palestinian homeland.

    December 31, 2009 at 1:38 am |
  8. mario

    I feel that Vice-President Cheney is being ever so foolish...I am so suprised by him saying anything knowing that he made so Money from the War in Iraq. I feel that President Obama is attacking each issue in the manner which he sees fit. it is always someone on the outside complaining that things could and should been done in a different manner. I don't feel hm standing on a pile of books each day yelling over and over again, "We are at War, We are at War" will do anything if people are not aware that we are.

    I am service member and I see things as they are, i don't listen to every statment from those on TV...

    I am hating that so many things I see in Our Country Today ...

    I proudly serve a Country who allow so many to freely speak out with Hate and Anger to what they don't understand or like....

    God Bless the U.S.A.

    December 31, 2009 at 1:32 am |
  9. Carl

    Obama isn’t pretending that anything is not going he (Obama) is simply not sitting on his hands when it comes to every other problem that is going on in this country and taking the attitude the last administration took oh I’m sorry I don’t have time to worry about that because I have to concentrate on the fact we are at war right now

    December 31, 2009 at 1:27 am |
  10. Brian

    Obama just doesn't get it. The economy will get better on its own, but the terrorist won't. The terrorist won't stop no matter how many "sorry's" or peace prizes you win. We are the only world power and need to act like it. Who cares if we aren't the most popular nation I want us to be the safest nation for my kids and grandkids!

    December 31, 2009 at 1:20 am |
  11. Linda Carter

    Enough... Enough... Enough. I am so tired of every issue our country faces has to become so lost in political games, that do nothing more than divide and hurt our country even more. This constant game of finger pointing is shameful. Unbelievable how people who we are suppose to look to, to be expert, focusing on how someone delivers a message, when they deliver it, how they are dressed when they deliver it, to assess the serious of our stand on terrorism. If anyone really believes that this Administration, doesn't get that we are at War... War on Terror, then they are as lost and hopeless as anyone can be. I promise you that there are thousands, upon thousands of young men and women in American uniforms who are actively engaged daily in the most heated and dangerous battles with terrorist’s everyday. The conditions they live under and the challenges they meet everyday are beyond comprehension.
    My only child is among a host of brave, courageous, committed, troops who are out there really fighting this War on Terrorism. Often, they come home and are amazed and saddened by the disarray our country is in–the land they are so violently fighting and dieing for. I am so grieved by level our politicians have stooped too, in order to gain a "point" in their party's favor. This failure was clear and accountability is in order. There are clear solutions and actions must be taken. Further tearing our county apart is not the solution.
    I think it is the American public and our politicians busy playing the old Democrats vs. Republicans game, that don't seem to get that "We are at War with Terrorism." It's Real... the job is being done... and our children in uniform are being sacrificed everyday to get the job done. It is such an insult to those who serve, have served, are wounded, and given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, to ever make a comment that our Commander in Chief is acting as if there is no war. Stop the insanity and let's get back to Common Sense and sheer, raw honesty when working to fix what is wrong in our country. Great sacrifices are being made by our troops everyday, they are getting the job done. The troops and their leaders are held accountable (regardless of their opinions and views) for the task and missions they are asked to do... They Do Their Job–often in the worst of situations and take full responsibility for the end results. We cannot and should not accept any less from any other agency or official in our government–especially those who are tasked with the serious job of defending and protecting our homeland. The troops are doing their job with such limited resources in the most "god-forsaken" places of the world. Let's do our job here at home and make their sacrifices worthy. We should all be ashamed.
    Linda Carter, Arlington, Texas, Mom of a soldier that is a testament that "We are at War with Terrorism."

    December 31, 2009 at 1:15 am |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    Dear Mr Cheney,The problem is that the Administration of Bush, Cheney created the extent to which your so called " war on terror" came to exist in response to 911.
    You will never get it that the US government and Media devised the name "war on terror" but the other side knows it is conducting "Jihad" i.e defending thier faith or striving and belief more precisely.
    The policy of Bush Cheney only exacerbated and increased the level of Jihad made it spread, internationally and calling jihadists terrorists does not help, only makes matters worse.
    The " raison d' etre" of the Jihad is because they feel thier faith is under attack. Frankly the best way to remove that reasoning is to withdraw militarily from Iraq and Afghanistan and then challenge all Muslims states diplomatically and internationally to justify the continuing Jihad or negotiate a diplomatic accord.I believe that is the strategy of the Obama administration and that such challenge should be made thru the UN at the appropriate time.
    Mr Cheney constantly saying what he does virtually ensures any US diplomacy will not be believed in the Muslim world so please stop.
    The last holy war went on for hundreds of years, so please stop!!
    This is a very clever and astute form of international guerilla warfare and you will never, ever totally defeat such tactics militarily so stop dreaming!!

    December 31, 2009 at 12:52 am |
  13. April

    All this childish finger pointing only wastes valuable time and divides us, when instead we need to remedy the situation as soon as possible to prevent this from happening again. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't want to put my shoes AND underwear into that bin at the TSA checkpoint the next time I fly.

    December 31, 2009 at 12:41 am |
  14. Ebenezer Abordoh

    I dont think the president have to wear metal clothing or metal helmet to tell the world we are at war. The war will be won if only we focus on how to win it, than the blames and who should be fired from his or her office. I believe, that wouldnt bring any change because the same mistakes would be made if the problem is not solved no matter who is in office.

    December 31, 2009 at 12:19 am |
  15. Azzie Miller

    Our country needs to pull together and fight the war on terror. Stop playing the blame game, find where we failed, and fix it! It's not rocket science, people! It's a war against the terrorists who will NOT stop until they defeat us! Have we not learned anything from 9/ll? I am ashamed of the current administration for playing the blame game instead of "stepping up to the plate"! And why in the world are we trying the Christmas Day terrorist in US Courts? He is not an American citizen who deserves the rights and privileges afforded to Americans. He is a TERRORIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2009 at 12:17 am |
  16. Stony123

    Watching your segment this evening, I saw the piece on the violence and unrest in Iran. It's really sad that the government in Iran seems to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. I thought that what the definition of insanity. When that amount of people rise up against you and oppose what you're doing–maybe you should consider trying to give a little–you don't have to give up or give in. Running people over and continuing to fight them indefinitely, seems like you're fighting a loosing battle. Kenny Rogers summed it up, perfectly, in one of his songs–You got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away, and know when to run.

    I'm not sure–but maybe it's time to fold em. And while you're folding em, find out why they're so wrinkled–then start ironing.

    December 31, 2009 at 12:16 am |
  17. Tim

    It is all political. Cheney's comments are politcal motivated and driven more by gaining attention. At the end of the day the comments and action that President Obama made are the same as what the previous administration did. Both Presidents have the same concern about the safety on flights and from war on terror.

    The issue is the size of our government and how it works. How it works today is no different than how it worked in the Bush administration. What happens today is not just the result of this administration but rather the lack of inaction my congress and the govenment itself.
    . .

    December 31, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  18. Todd

    I did not vote for President Obama but he is my President now. I'm not at all in favor of the seemingly laid back attitude he has taken with what former President Bush and Vice-President Cheney call the "War on Terror". This is one of the main reasons I did not vote for him. His inexperience on the world stage and his eagerness to apologize for the USA will not help us in this ongoing war. He has allowed things like socializing health care distract him from an ever growing storm abroad whether it's terrorists growing in Yemen or Russia's or N Korea's lust for nuclear weapons. God Bless President Obama and God Bless the USA.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  19. James

    The most important issue about allowing people on an airplane is what rights, we as a people are willing to give up in order to travel by air. There is no machine made today that can stop someone from bringing on an explosive device such as the one the Nigerian man used. That's why no one is buying the machines. I can't see, no pun intended, using the newest xray machines, seeing through people's clothes will help in this area. It has got to come down to a strip and cavity search. For example couldn't people put this type if stuff in their hair, ears or mouth? And what about obese people couldn't they hide stuff in their rolls of skin? And would obese people fit in the machine? Just my thoughts.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  20. Ebenezer Abordoh

    i think the problem did not come from one source. Almost the whole routes of the trip failed right from the embassy to Amsterdam. Therefore, its better for us to focus on all these points of areas and solve them than pointing fingers with cheap political propagandas.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:42 pm |

    What would it take to get an International Call-Down Procedure implemented for identifying terrorists, for instance:

    1. Start with all Airlines being responsible to submit subjects' names who: a. buy a 1-way ticket
    b. pay cash for ticket
    c. do not check luggage; etc.,
    before issuing tickets.

    2. Submit names to appropriate next-in-line authority, who then have the International Call-Down procedure to follow up the line to be certain that this person is cleared and not a terrorist.

    The biggest and best technology isn't working!!!! Authorities are not communicating.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  22. Phillip

    I don't think anyone ought to pay much attention to Dick Cheney, but he represents a disturbing type of group. Everyone seems to miss the following part of his statement. His statement about social transformation seems to be aimed at scaring a certain segment of our society.

    "Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war?" Cheney asks. "It doesn’t fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency – social transformation—the restructuring of American society."

    December 30, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  23. marilyn

    The bottom line is that since the early 70's and a/c were being hijacked to Cuba, the profile for security has been that any male between the ages of 16 and 65 that bought one way tickets for cash should be singled out for additional security.
    Whether this guy was on a "no fly" or terrorist watch list, whether we knew his name or not and whether or not the agencies were talking to each other or not, he should have been singled out. These rules have been there for over 30 years,
    This guy goes from Nigeria to Detroit with no luggage, a one way ticket and no bells or whistles go off.
    Instead of implementing all these ridiculous rules that the terrorists know as soon as it is reported on the news, going back to basics might be a nice thing to do.
    I spent 35 years as an executive for an airline and listening to all this political posturing over who isnt doing what and what billions we need to spend to fix it is ridiculous. The guy on your show that said that once a person is allowed to board a plane it's too late. This should have been caught the minute the guy bought his ticket and then checked in for the flight without luggage.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  24. marine1

    as for dick cheney,he should just get in the mountains somewhere,like osama bin laden,and stop sendin out his lil press releases,like bin laden,dick,just go hide somewhere and just send out videa tapes every three months or so

    December 30, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  25. Roy

    The president "does" seem to downplaying this threat of terrorism,even the use of the term "extremism" as if concerned about offending some, extending an olive branch to people dedicated to trying to kill us.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  26. Angel

    all i would like to say is Dick had his daysssss destroying our country, receiving 5 deferments not to go to war during his earlllllyyyy daysss wayyyyy backkkk whennn and He along with former president saddam bush oops george bush have made our country hated to the extreme. no matter what president obama does, the fact that he is african american is killing these republicans and they just want to see him fail miserably just go ask that other racist pig limbaugh aka oxi
    thanks for the time to let me express my view .

    God bless us all

    December 30, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  27. Jake

    Fight the war like it should be fought, eliminate laws of engagement. The good guys can never win because they can't fire unless fired upon.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  28. Marge

    I guess it has to be a 911 again to make the various agencys wake up to take things serious enough. C'mon! Even the guys father tried to help and still it was dropped and left on the side. Surely his father knows him enough to be taken seriously. Also, bring on the hi-tech exray machines. We're not in the 20's now. I'd rather have that than have a terrorist on a plane. Wake up, please...

    December 30, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  29. Candi

    You know, they want to control this situation. Yet they miss people on the watch list. So why dont they have a database at every ticket counter that searches names to warn the ticket agents....like a google search

    December 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  30. D

    your kiding me. 5 years since the 911 report and its all Obamas fault? I can do the math can you?

    December 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  31. robert j draper

    I think the american people forgot we are at WAR. The problems we have today are the result of the previous administration Cheney.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  32. Ron

    I find it ironic that Cheney is pointing a finger at Obama. When we were struck on 911 Cheney blamed the CIA. And after Richard Reid, did Cheney take responsibility? And as VP, Cheney had a clear agenda to promote his view of the unitary executive – essentially trying to turn the Pres into a king. And this man has the gall to accuse Obama of having an agenda, and to blame Obama for failures of screening procedures the Bush-Cheney administrattion implemented? Now the GOP is blaming Obama because 911 Commission recommendations were fought by Bush-Cheney?

    December 30, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  33. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    Cheney's comments are 100% correct. By the way, all those who bashed him on tonight's live blog saying 9/11 happened on his watch need to remember that we had bin Laden targetted prior to 9/11 and Bill Clinton refused permission to attack. There may very well have been no 9/11 if Bubba had done his job.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  34. Mike Borrelli, Florida

    This is a situation that is totally unacceptable, we are talking about American lives at risk. We have tens of thousands of agents or whatever else they are called at the cia, fbi, atf, hts, to name a few and guess what, we are not anymore secure than we were before 9/11.
    I remember hearing years ago about J.Hoover having millions of pages of reports on actors, politicans, and just about anyone of importance in this country. Now I dont know if the current director is doing the same thing but if they would stop spying on our own citizens and concentrate on the terrorist we might be a bit more secure. This lack of communication between agencies is also not acceptable, the heads of these agencies are more concerned with their egos than our security and safety. The CIA heads are in their offices taunting the heads of the National Security going na na, na na na, I know something you should know, while planes are being blown up! Fire these idiots Mr. President before another disaster happens. Oh and bring the troops home also, all the war is doing is making matters worse. Lets protect our country instead of the others. Where does it end, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, North Korea, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm |

    Dick Cheney and Bush left Obama with this mess the Iraq war the housing problem they left the country in shambles now he ,of all people wants to be a critic I say you had your chance and you screwed up so now just shut up. you were a lousy Vice President

    December 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  36. Louann

    I have to say that I agree with former Vice-President Cheney. I don't believe that President Obama is viewing this war as it is. I don't think he is accepting these enemies of ours as the ruthless, heartless people that they are. War has been waged by these radical extremists. They really do view us as Satan, and they really do want to kill us in the most horrific way. This is not something that is going to pass in time, it is a religous war that is going to continue until they can no longer hurt us, until they can not touch us, or until this world no longer exists. We have to accept that we must let go of some of our liberties to keep us safe from these attacks. We must also give up political correctness and call it as it truly is. I have one other point, when a ticket agent sells a one way ticket to a cold climate and the passenger does not have a coat or luggage, and on top of all of that pays in cash, shouldn't that agent have to answer for breaking international laws? The law requires an investigation and waiting period before the passenger is allowed to board a plane for their requested desitination. Or is this no longer in effect?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  37. Mary

    Isn't there an island somewhere far away where we could send "Dick" Cheney? Maybe Gitmo, after all he wants it to stay open. Why won't he just go away he's an embarrassment to this country.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  38. Gregg

    I am concerned about the approach the present administration is taking about the war on terror. Oh I forgot the administration does not believe we are at war with terrorists. The terrorists certainly have not quit. We have seen over the past year the president has surrounded himself with inadquate people and this weekend confirms this again.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  39. american

    The security of our nation is Not a Republican or a Democratic issue. It is an American issue. These people don't care what political party you belong to, as long as they kill Americans. Period!!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |

    a shocking incident reminding us all how the ball was dropped
    prior to 9/11 and in 2010 (almost) the same lack of info
    sharing and lax security could have caused another tragedy
    of immense proportions.. terrorists surely will be taking
    advantage of the security gaps....how many wake-up calls
    do we need in north america before the powers that be
    realize and ADMIT there are those who wish to destroy
    if i were in charge i would immediately suspend all travel
    to north america from any of these threatening countries
    until proper screening is in place..

    December 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  41. Cecil

    As long as we're more interested in being "politically correct" than in winning the war on terror, we'll have more of the same!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  42. Luke

    Cheney needs to go back the cave he hid out in during his 8 years as VP. He's been on TV more in the last year than the entire 8 in which he was VP. He's nothing but an arrogant, hate and fear monger. Worse, I cannot believe that he has the audacity to comment on President Obama and his position on war – this coming from a multi-time draft dodger! Not to mention, it's being reported that 2 prisoners that the Bush administration released from Guatanamo and said were "reformed" are in Yemen and masterminded this attack!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Barbara

    Let's "hope" that the Obama Administration will "change" their minds and start fighting the war on terror

    December 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  44. kh

    I'm tired of listening to Cheney's attempts to find fault with everything President Obama does or doesn't do. Cheney had his turn to do something while in office and he and Bush chose to go to war with Iraq instead of concentrating on getting Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. If terrorism has escalated it is more his and Bush's fault than anyones. By going into Iraq on false pretenses they increased the hatred towards this country. He needs to find a new purpose in life!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  45. Michael Witt

    Hey Cheney, stop talking about Obamas mistakes Mr.Golden 8.your not exactly the best vice pres. ever bud. why are you talking, oh right U.S is at war, and guess whos reaping the benifits. Haliburton. its a business for you. how many americans will have to lose limbs or thier lives before you realise you've made the wrong desicion. why are we listening to a man who is not in office, did not do a good job in office and simply is collecting profits through a business venture in the war! rediculous. 8 years or terrible decisions leaving his country with a crippled economy, heading two wars and terrorists still can get on planes with bombs. From up here in Canada your career looks almost as bad as your hunting accident.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Lawrence Blackwell

    I am a little bit confused, the 9/11 report was published five years ago, and our war time President and his Vice President Mr. Cheney did not implement Congress suggestions. Vice President Cheney had four years to correct the problems, yet he blames President Obama, who has only been in office 11 months for not taking it seriously. During the four year period, was he not taking it seriously?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm |


    December 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Larry

    Let's send a 100,000 more trops to fight the war on terror, pick a country.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  49. nea

    All i have to say is just like after 9/11 people need to stand behind this President forget about your views and what you think We have 1 Commander-Chief reguardless of what you think of him the majority Elected him and GOD selected him for such a time as this so we just need to support this Administration and this Administration need our support because after all,do We think these Terroists group care about what party you voted for they Hate Americans and especially President Obama thats why they say they will continue their attacks because we support our government.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  50. Asolo

    it's unfortunate that the Yemen Al used a brain washed Nigerian National(of which they could use any National) who has lost his cultural values through radicalization.

    I strongly believe there is no Nigeria who holds a true Nigerian cultural Values that will like to perform this act no matter the poverty level. Then compare with a boy that has every comfort.

    This will show that Radicalization is a serious trait to the World now. The World; USA should take this serious and stop the spread of this ill Value.

    "It is not only looking for the terror weapon which may be not detated but to stop them from believing and accepting terror"

    This is to prove it could be anybody's child that could be used by this extrmist. It's better that we act fast. I will never imagine that a boy from a wealthy family can do this ill, stupid and inhuman act.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
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