President Obama outlined Thursday the intelligence and other government failures leading up to the botched December 25 terror bombing of a U.S.-bound jetliner.All business. No nonsense. Dispensing words calling for the need for action, even threw in a "the buck stops with me" (kudos to Harry Truman). That's the kind of leadership we need to see from our President and Barry finally displayed it tonight. I don't want to see my President trying to make lame jokes on late-night talk shows. Nor should he be giving "shout outs" before all-important speeches, much less acting like it's a hassle when one of his all-important golf games are interrupted by business concerning the American people. And while no one's asking for sweat, blood or tears, the low-key, dirt-off-my-shoulders approach is not the right way for the leader of the free world to react to crisis', especially when it comes to the war on terror. Tonight Obama was serious, crisp and to the point. Tonight he took the reins and made it clear that him and his administration are responsible for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and every other wannabe terrorist wanton to take out innocent American lives. Not Bush. Not Cheney. Barack Obama. We need action, not excuses and tonight Barry made me feel a little safer.
The president also detailed a series of major reforms ordered in the wake of the attack.
"I will hold my staff, our agencies and the people in them accountable when they fail to perform their responsibilities at the highest levels," Obama said at the White House.
But "ultimately, the buck stops with me."
America's first line of defense against terrorism is "timely, accurate" intelligence that is properly integrated, Obama said. "That's not what happened" before the attack, he noted.