A must-read Maureen Dowd column (did I just type those words) contains the following paragraph:
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?
Exactly. But will any single person face the consequences for this failure? In a Romney administration, I’m think the answer is yes. I’m thinking heads would roll. Careers would end.
President Obama, the ball is in your court. Set the tone. Let the bureaucrats know that you have very high standards for those who signed up to protect the American people.