Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Obama and the Return to Sept. 10

Barack Obama, throughout his campaign, gave indications that his election would mean a return to the September 10 mentality, a national-security outlook marked prominently by its lack of seriousness about the terrorist threat. However, what we didn't guess at the time was that Obama's election would mean a return of the Clinton Administration's power players, those people in charge who by mistake or by purpose caused the terrorist attacks to happen.

In choosing Eric Holder to be his attorney general, Obama has taken a one large step toward confirming our darkest fears.

From NRO:
Holder was the Clinton administration’s last deputy attorney general, succeeding Jamie Gorelick in 1997 under Janet Reno. That appointment marked the final elevation in a series of Clinton-era promotions that punctuate his rèsumè. Holder's rise, like Obama’s own, is of symbolic significance, as he now has been nominated to be the nation’s first black attorney general. Symbolism, however, cannot camouflage the fact that Holder is a conventional, check-the-boxes creature of the Left.

He is convinced justice in America needs to be “established” rather than enforced; he’s excited about hate crimes and enthusiastic about the constitutionally dubious Violence Against Women Act; he’s a supporter of affirmative action and a practitioner of the statistical voodoo that makes it possible to burden police departments with accusations of racial profiling and the states with charges of racially skewed death-penalty enforcement; he’s more likely to be animated by a touchy-feely Reno-esque agenda than traditional enforcement against crimes; he’s in favor of ending the detentions of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay and favors income redistribution to address the supposed root causes of crime.
At any other time, Holder would simply be an uninspired choice, a step backward. But these are not ordinary times; we face a serious, ongoing threat from terrorists, Russians and host of others. At the same time, Democrats hare having a fit over both the alleged politicization of the Justice Department. For now, it is difficult to imagine a worse choice than Eric Holder.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for the change.

It's back to the once-rans and has-beens.

12:55 PM  

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