Obama's Terror Critics 'Hysterical' or Dead-On?

NYT, Post scribes have very different views on terror response
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Obama's Terror Critics 'Hysterical' or Dead-On?
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.   (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's Service)

If only we lived in a "mature nation," writes David Brooks in the New York Times. That way, President Obama could have gone on TV after the Detroit terror scare and said, “Listen, we’re doing the best we can, but some terrorists are bound to get through.” But no, our government must be omnipotent, and therefore we have to listen to "contemptuous and hysterical" criticism.

Brooks presumably won't be happy with Charles Krauthammer over at the Post, who likens Janet Napolitano's "the system worked" to Bush's "Heck of a job, Brownie" and accuses Obama of turning "laxity into a governing philosophy." The country is worried about the Obama response not so much because of "incompetence but incomprehension," he writes. "From the very beginning, President Obama has relentlessly tried to play down and deny the nature of the terrorist threat we continue to face." (Read more Detroit terror incident stories.)

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