The Washington Times - December 30, 2009, 01:43PM

New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd, a usual cheerleader for President Barack Obama, was particularly harsh on her favorite Whitehouse resident in her column today. While Ms. Dowd cannot help but take shots at the Bush administration while tearing up Mr. Obama.:


W., Dick Cheney and Rummy kept ceaselessly dragging us back into the past. America seemed to have lost her ingenuity, her quickness, her man-on-the-moon bravura, her Bugs Bunny panache.

Were we clever and inventive enough to protect ourselves from the new breed of Flintstones-hardy yet Facebook-savvy terrorists?

W.’s favorite word was “resolute,” but despite gazillions spent and Cheney’s bluster, our efforts to shield ourselves seemed flaccid.

After Ms. Dowd’s tantrum over former President Bush, she tears into Mr. Obama.:

If we can’t catch a Nigerian with a powerful explosive powder in his oddly feminine-looking underpants and a syringe full of acid, a man whose own father had alerted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a traveler whose ticket was paid for in cash and who didn’t check bags, whose visa renewal had been denied by the British, who had studied Arabic in Al Qaeda sanctuary Yemen, whose name was on a counterterrorism watch list, who can we catch?

If the president is losing someone like Maureen Dowd after only one year in office, one can only imagine where the president will be six months from now.