First the president said the situation in the Middle East is “scary,” according to a transcript of the event released by the White House.
“I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it seems like it is just wave after wave of upheaval, most of it surrounding the Middle East. You’re seeing a change in the order in the Middle East. But the old order is having a tough time holding together and the new order has yet to be born, and in the interim, it’s scary.”
“The good news is that we actually have a unprecedented military capacity, and since 9/11 have built up a security apparatus that makes us in the here and now pretty safe. We have to be vigilant, but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland. What it does do, though, is it gives a sense, once again, for future generations, is the world going to be upended in ways that affect our kids and our grandkids.”
Of course, Obama, who has blamed much on his predecessor, did not name Bush and Cheney.
But who “built up a security apparatus” after 9/11? President George W. Bush, with the assistance of his faithful vice president, Dick Cheney.
Hey Barky: you didn’t build that.
Not that I give Bush/Cheney a whole hell of a lot of credit for giving us the whole security-kabuki edifice that includes: “professionalizing” airport security by having FederalGovCo commandeer it under the auspices of the TSA; establishing another huge, heavily armed, and nearly omnipotent federal agency subject to the inevitable gross mission-creep common to all government bureaucracy in the DHS; and allowing the national security apparat to spy on all Americans while forbidding the FBI to even enter radical mosques without four or five layers of bureaucratic permission.
But still. As usual, King Barrack the Magnificent is taking credit for the work of others while eschewing any responsibility for the things he makes a mess of himself. It’s the only thing he’s ever been any good at, really.