Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Boston. Any one of those would have sunk a Presidency, but judging by media coverage, if you’re Barack Obama they appear to be a resume enhancer.
These media members, who likely went into the business because of the allure of Watergate and gotcha journalism, refuse to see the “Watergates” in front of them.
Now here’s another fact to burnish the President’s record of incompetence and subterfuge: The Daily Mail reports today that the Obama Administration received a handwritten note “at the highest levels of DHS” from the Saudi government naming Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a jihadi who planned a bombing in a major American city. The handwritten note was followed up by a personal visit to President Obama,
The Ministry of Interior, he said, sent the letters in 2012, likely after Tsarnaev returned from Russia to the United States in July.
President Barack Obama’s published schedule indicates that he met in the Oval Office with Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Interior minister, on January 14, 2013.
In fact, after the bombing they made the rounds again with John Kerry and Obama,
In the wake of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal met with Secretary of State John Kerry on April 16, and then had an unscheduled meeting with President Obama on April 17.
‘This is the DNA of the Saudi government,’ said the Saudi official, referring to officials in the royal court in Riyadh. ‘This is how they work. They sent the letter, but that wasn’t enough. They then sent the top guy to meet personally with the president.’
The Saudis refused Tamerlan Tsarnaev entry in 2011 when he wanted to come to pilgrimmage to Mecca,
The Saudis denied Tsarnaev entry to the kingdom when he sought to travel to Mecca in December 2011 for a pilgrimage known as an Umrah – one that is undertaken during months that don’t fall within the regular Hajj period of the year.
That rejected application came one month before he traveled to Russia, where U.S. intelligence sources believe he acquired training enabling him to construct and detonate the bombs that he and his younger brother placed hear the Boston Marathon’s finish line.
According to the reporter for the Daily Mail, the Saudi’s set up a website to lure would be jihadis into chats. It’s a familiar tactic. This information, and separate confirmation from Yemen’s intelligence, identified Tsarnaev as a potential and likely threat.
The Saudi intelligence services have a long history of providing credible information to America and Great Britain about looming threats.
‘This is the fourth time the Saudi Arabian government has given the U.S. specific intel’ about a possible terror plot, the official said, citing prior warnings about Richard Reid, the so-called shoe bomber who repeatedly tried to light a fuse in his shoe to bring down American Airlines flight 63 bound for Miami in December 2001.
He also cited the 300-gram ‘ink-cartridge bombs’ planted on two cargo planes headed for the United States from Yemen in October 2010. Those explosives were intercepted in Dubai, and at an East Midlands airport in Great Britain.
This was the second warning received by the Obama Administration about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Another came from the Russians.
In yesterday’s news conference, the President said the FBI had done everything to vet the warning from the Russians and found that Tamerlan was not a threat.
Too bad his brother has lawyered up and isn’t talking anymore.
This appears to be a Benghazi like episode again in which the Administration immediately circles the wagons and dismisses the attack as a one-off. That’s what they did during the Embassy and CIA mission seige in Benghazi and what they did right after the Boston Marathon suspect chase and shoot out.
I know what the left will say. They’ll say that this is just like the Presidential Daily Briefing that Bush received about Bin Laden. Read it for yourself here and then tell me if that is so. Can you read that bin Laden will crash planes into the Pentagon, World Trade Center and Capitol/White House from this “smoking gun” briefing? No. Could the FBI have watched Tsarnaev? Yes. Could we have deported him? Yes. Instead, what did we do? We gave him welfare and “understanding.” What did we get in return? Dead and maimed innocents.