Can anyone imagine Ronald Reagan saying that? The one obligation the government actually has under the Constitution is to “provide for the common defense”, not “absorb” the attacks. When you have that kind of thought pattern, it colors your approach to security and terrorism-hence “the war on terror is over”. As John Brennan says, “How you define it shapes how you approach it”.
Via The Hill from 2010:
As a patriotic American, I hope the Washington Post über-journalist misquoted President Obama in his upcoming book discussing the president’s thinking behind the war on terrorism. Reading advance excerpts earlier today, I came across the following quotation attributed to the president:
“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.”
How dare the president opine that “we can absorb a terrorist attack”? This isn’t a gravel spill or an overturned apple cart in which no one gets hurt. No, we’re talking about an act of terror, an act of murder in which innocent people are killed simply because they woke up one day and decided to drive to work, take their children to school or otherwise go about their daily lives.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 3,000 innocent Americans were murdered, killed, incinerated and fell from the sky due to an act of terrorism.
“We can absorb a terrorist attack,” says President Obama. No, sir, your job is to do everything you can to protect us all regardless of our race, religion, party or any other affiliation. You are our commander in chief and you have been presented a sacred trust to protect us from senseless acts of terrorism.