Obama: America Can “Absorb” Another 9/11

U.S. President Barack Obama listens to the citation during a ceremony to award Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger, U.S. Air Force, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in the East Room of the White House in Washington on September 21, 2010. Etchberger was killed in Laos in 1968 helping to save wounded men.   UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg Photo via Newscom

I think a lot of people are going to find this comment from Obama, made to journalist Bob Woodward in an interview for his latest book, is probably going to upset a lot of people:

Woodward’s book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

Like Ace, I think this has been a long-term trend in thinking on the left. Attacks like 9/11 are just the price of doing business to them. We don’t let the yearly death toll from car accidents deter us from driving, so why should we try to solve the problem of international Islamic terrorism?

But that’s a facile argument. Terrorist attacks are not car accidents. They are not to be absorbed as a “cost of doing business.” Accepting that they’re going to happen means giving up.

And I, for one, do not want to give up in the war on terror.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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