Instant Review: What Did I Miss?

Cliff May
National Review Online
January 7, 2010

Watching the White House briefing and my reaction: This is much too bureaucratic to be reassuring.

Also, what I think most Americans already grasp:

1) The father says his son may have joined al-Qaeda. One phone call should have been enough to cancel the kid’s visa to the U.S. Why didn’t that happen? I didn’t hear an answer.

2) Abdulmutallab buys his one-way ticket with cash, has no luggage, and has been in Yemen for the past few months. So you pull him out of line, question him and screen him. Why didn’t that happen? I didn’t hear an answer.

And:

White House national security adviser James Jones says Americans will feel “a certain shock” when they read an account being released Thursday of the missed clues that could have prevented the alleged Christmas Day bomber from ever boarding the plane

So where’s the shock? What was new? What did I miss?

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