The Obama Administration is not dumb. From the President down, there is not a single member of the Administration that can be called unintelligent. Thus we can see the difference with the recent car bomb attempt in New York City as compared to the Christmas airplane bomb attempt.
Just 48 hours ago an insane and likely fanatical person tried to kill innocents in Times Square. Since that time the Obama Administration has moved forward in taking a strong stance and being involved in every step of the investigation. The result of that has been the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American originally from Pakistan.
Before we knew the identity of the bomber, the Obama Administration stepped up and called him a terrorist. It was made clear early on that this individual would be dealt with in the harshest manner that the law allowed. It was clear that the Government was serious.
This compares to the Chrisytmas Day bomber, the underwear bomber, in several ways. The Administration was slow to comment or act. There were several aspects of the case that were unclear and ill-defined. Many Americans felt that the treatment of the suspect was light-handed and inappropriate for the attempted murder of hundreds of Americans.
Some might have argued that the nature of that response, coupled with the months long handwringing before sending more troops to Afghanistan, marked America as weak. The call to try the 9/11 terrorist in New York City likewise showed a reluctance of American will power. Each in it’s own way gave motivation for the continued assult on innocent Americans. But that has ended.
Faisal Shahzad is a terrorist, if he is the one that planned the car bomb attack. The Obama Administration is making it clear that America will act swiftly. The fact that the investigation is continuing, rumored to be on-going overseas, adds to our resolve. Unlike prior actions, this makes a statement of strength.
Will every American, especially those in larger cities, always be safe? In a world of portable suitcase nukes and bioweapons no nation or city is ever truly safe from harm. But swift definitive action, coupled with harsh penalty, will help add just another layer in that pursuit of safety. It may not be much, but in a world like this it is more than before.
But let us also keep in mind part of why this happened. It may never be completely clear, but the proximity to Viacom offices lends to the thought that it is related to the South Park episode. It may mean that this is an action meant to try to quell Free Speech. To intimidate the Freedoms that America enjoys far above and beyond any other nation. That also deserves a response that is clear, strong, and decisive.
All Americans may not agree on religion, politics, baseball teams or any other number of items trivial or significant, but we are Free. We enjoy the Right to voice our opinions and to respectfully disagree. No one has the right to void that, internally or external. The car bomb attempt failed to quell us, just as the planes on 9/11 failed. America is to grand and Free a nation to be intimidated into submission.
The Obama Administration is acting to ensure that terrorist are reminded that America is strong and resolute. We are a giant that often slumbers, but can move with fierce intent once awakened. Nothing is more eye-opening than attacks on our innocents. This is something politics should never marr.
If Faisal Shahzad is guilty he needs to be given harsh punishment. If there are others involved they deserve no less. The Obama Administration is waking up, and terrorists should be scared.