Christmas Day Bomb Plot Report

Today, I issued the following statement regarding the release of a White House report detailing security lapses prior to al Qaeda’s attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner.

As we saw on Christmas Day, al Qaeda terrorists continue to target innocent Americans for mass murder. Today’s report reveals glaring failures on the part of the U.S. Government, which enabled an al Qaeda terrorist to come eerily close to blowing up a plane over U.S. soil carrying 300 passengers. This is unacceptable.

I worry that the President’s preoccupation with health care and other domestic issues has distracted him from what should be the fundamental role of our chief executive: keeping our nation and its citizenry safe from harm.

I appreciate the President’s admission that mistakes were made here, but this is the same conclusion the Administration reached in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Fort Hood. Our National Security Advisor said that the President "certainly doesn't want that third strike." In light of this, I am hopeful the Administration will use this third chance to address the failures that allowed the Christmas Day attempt, as well as the Fort Hood attack, to occur - the safety of the American people depends on it.


Sen. Cornyn,
     I am glad you are addressing this issue with the administration and applaud your continued efforts to shore up the front lines so to speak.  For me personally and politically, I have a very deep concern that this President has no clue on how to defend our nation much less the ability to protect someone crashing his own state dinner.
     In my opinion, he has made some significant diplomatic decisions that have set us back diplomatically and strategically in the area of national defense and maintaining strong relationships with our allies.  I agree he is more focused on passing this health care bill as a symbolic gesture that he can influence Congress and fails to acknowledge that national health care is irrelevant if we are under attack.
   I have strongly posted my concerns about his leadership in political forums and stated how he needed to take more responsibility as the President and stop blaming the previous administration.  He must be reading my post because I made specific mention on how the Buck Stops with Him and to see him verbatim repeat the phrase within the past 72 hours is noteworthy.  Unfortunately, that is all it will be - noteworthy.  He tells us what we want to hear but not want needs to be done constitutionally.
    In serving 20 years in the military, I vividly recall holding up my right hand and taking an oath that I would defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  I never would have considered our Commander in Chief a domestic enemy to our Constitution.  Now is the time for all the Reagan Conservatives and Democrats to come out and exercise their Constitutional voting power of "checks and balances" and implement our own environmental climate change in Washington!


Andrew "CAS" Castanuela
Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate

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