- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 5, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

An article in the Jan. 4 edition of The Washington Times titled “Security pushed aside, GOP says” (Page 1) reports that President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser said Sunday that U.S. intelligence agencies did not miss a “smoking gun” that could have prevented an alleged attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day. “There is no smoking gun,” Mr. Brennan said. “There was no single piece of intelligence that said, ‘This guy is going to get on a plane.’”

I think that Mr. Brennan meant to say, “There were no red flags” instead of, “No smoking gun.”

A red flag is something that is a precursor to a disaster that should alert authorities. A smoking gun is strong evidence after a disaster that a certain person was responsible. There was definitely the equivalent of a smoking gun and it was the alleged bomber’s smoking crotch.

There were also so many red flags waving from the alleged bomber that if they were physically red flags he would have looked like the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium on game day.

The alleged bomber had an expired U.S. visa, used cash to purchase a one-way ticket, had no luggage, and had his father claim that he was a radical to authorities at the embassy in Nigeria.

The only flag that the administration may have paid any attention to would have been an “al Qaeda ” tatoo on the alleged bomber’s forehead. The only words that clearly describe the administration’s security efforts are “Mickey Mouse.”

Jack Duckworth

Burke, Va.

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