Statement by the President on the Attempted Attack on Christmas Day and Recent Violence in Iran
Kaneohe Bay Marine Base, Kaneohe, Hawaii
10:01 A.M. HAST
THE PRESIDENT: Hey, guys. Good morning, everybody. I just want to take a few minutes to update the American people on the attempted terrorist attack that occurred on Christmas Day and the steps we're taking to ensure the safety and security of the country.
The safety and security of the USA can not be ensured short of the total and complete elimination of the enemy which seeks to harm us. Obamination is not taking any steps to reach that strategic objective.
The investigation is ongoing and I spoke again this morning with Attorney General Eric Holder, the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and my Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan. I asked them to keep -- continue monitoring the situation, to keep the American people and members of Congress informed.
Investigations only waste precious time and money. We already know that the perpetrator is a Muslim engaged in an act of Jihad. Nothing more need to be known. Islamic doctrine and law require a continuing series of attacks against disbelievers until the entire world is conquered and subjugated. Eliminating Islam is the only solution to this problem. There is no other way to prevent Islam from attacking us.
Here's what we know so far. On Christmas Day, Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was en route from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Detroit. As the plane made its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a passenger allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device on his body, setting off a fire.
Allegedly? Sweet loving Jesus Christ! A photograph of the remains of the perpetrator's underwear have been posted on the web! The explosive material has been identified. He did not attempt to ignite the explosive, he attempted to detonate it and only succeeded in igniting it. If the detonation had been successful, Obamination would be assuring us that the crash resulted from an accident, not from enemy action.
Thanks to the quick and heroic actions of passengers and crew, the suspect was immediately subdued, the fire was put out, and the plane landed safely. The suspect is now in custody and had been charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft. And a full investigation has been launched into this attempted act of terrorism and we will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable.
Thanks to the failure of the detonating device & methodology, the bomb burned instead of exploding. Had the device functioned as designed, no intervention would have been possible; the entire aircraft would have been destroyed, with the lives of all aboard and perhaps many deaths and much property damage on the ground.Why in Hell is the perpetrator charged as a criminal offender when his ignition of the device was an act of war? Why is he being given a lawyer, a trial and the rights, privileges & immunities of a citizen, which he does not deserve? Why was he not given a bullet lubricated in lard and a shroud made from pig skin which he richly deserves? Because we elected a traitor instead of a President, that's why!
This was a serious reminder of the dangers that we face and the nature of those who threaten our homeland. Had the suspect succeeded in bringing down that plane it could have killed nearly 300 passengers and crew, innocent civilians preparing to celebrate the holidays with their families and friends.
What dangers do we face? Who threatens us? Why do they threaten us? Why won't Obamination provide clear and specific answers to these foundational interrogatories? We are threatened with the imposition of a series of injuries & insults, resulting in bleeding our society to death and impoverishing it; destroying our will and ability to resist subjugation & enslavement.
Islam threatens us. Not extremists; not radicals; not a tiny minority: Islam! No elected politician will acknowledge the fact that orthodox Islamic doctrine, exegeses, tradition & law require the conquest and subjugation of the entire world. They will not bother to go to Wikipedia and look up the Barbary War, in which entry they will find a clear and concise explanation of why Muslims attacked us, beginning in the 18th century. They won't read the Qur'an & hadith, where they would learn the same truth nor will they read Reliance of the Traveller. Instead they will waste millions of dollars on investigations that will settle nothing.
The American people should be assured that we are doing everything in our power to keep you and your families safe and secure during this busy holiday season. Since I was first notified of this incident I've ordered the following actions to be taken to protect the American people and to secure air travel.
We can only be secured by eliminating Islam from the face of the earth. The doctrines which require Muslims to attack us must cease to be propagated and believed. For every new security measure you put in effect, Islam will devise a counter measure or work around. If you want to keep our flights safe and secure, then keep Muslims on the ground, off those flights. Prohibiting Muslims from flying to or over our territory would be much more practical than the Mickey Mouse security procedures which hamper and harass fliers.
First, I directed that we take immediate steps to ensure the safety of the traveling public. We made sure that all flights still in the air were secure and could land safely. We immediately enhanced screening and security procedures for all flights, domestic and international. We added federal air marshals to flights entering and leaving the United States. And we're working closely in this country -- federal, state and local law enforcement -- with our international partners.
You did not ban Muslims from aircraft. You did nothing beneficial. You have no means to detect a suppository or bolus inside a bomber's body. Air marshals can not do anything to stop a bomb from going off once the detonator is engaged. This is war, not a criminal case. Yemen, Saudi Arabia, etc. are not our partners or allies, they are our enemies. They oppose terrorists seeking to dethrone them and support terrorists seeking to destroy us.
Second, I've ordered two important reviews because it's absolutely critical that we learn from this incident and take the necessary measures to prevent future acts of terrorism. The first review involves our watch list system, which our government has had in place for many years to identify known and suspected terrorists so that we can prevent their entry into the United States.
Why did you not learn from Project Bojinka? Why did you not learn from Richard Reid? Why did you not learn from the plan to hide bombs in baby bottles? You will never learn because you have no desire to learn. You are a traitor, one of the enemy in our midst, improperly elected to high office, of which you are most undeserving.
If they are Muslim, they are potential terrorists, and there is no way to differentiate the real from the potential until they explode. Their entry can best be prevented by a total and permanent ban on the entry of Muslims. Keep them off of airplanes, ships and trains. It is that simple. If they have the word Muslim on their passport or identity card, if they come from a nation with a significant Muslim population or if they have a Muslim name, they better damn well have proof of active membership in a passive religion or they can stay home.
Google their names. Read their web postings. Read any books they have published. Check their resumes. Interview their families and associates. But, in the present case, the perpetrator's father warned you, and you still let him board that aircraft!
Apparently the suspect in the Christmas incident was in the system, but not on a watch list such as the so-called no-fly list. So I've ordered a thorough review not only of how information related to the subject was handled, but of the overall watch list system and how it can be strengthened.
If you had any sense, and were not a traitor, there would be one list, with the name of every Muslim in the world on it, and they would not be allowed to fly to or over our territory. There is no other solution to the problem of attacks on aircraft by passengers.
The second review will examine all screening policies, technologies and procedures related to air travel. We need to determine just how the suspect was able to bring dangerous explosives aboard an aircraft and what additional steps we can take to thwart future attacks.
There has already been a shoe bomb and an underwear bomb. One terrorist in Saudi Arabia swallowed his bomb. Bombs could be inserted rectally or surgically implanted. If you had any desire to prevent aircraft bombings, you'd exclude Muslims from all flights to and over America.
Third, I've directed my national security team to keep up the pressure on those who would attack our country. We do not yet have all the answers about this latest attempt, but those who would slaughter innocent men, women and children must know that the United States will do more than simply strengthen our defenses -- we will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle, and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us -- whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland.
The set of terrorists is the set of persons who believe that the Qur'an is the perfect, timeless & immutable revealed word of Allah; who have submitted to Allah and seek to emulate his Messenger. The set of terrorists is Al-Ummah Al-Islamia. Can you kill 1.3 billion Muslims, dispersed all over the world and mixed in with innocent people? Are you willing to do it? Then sit down and shut up!
Are you able and willing to implement a mass media attack on the doctrines of Islam? Are you able and willing to initiate press, television, film and satellite broadcast missions to induce mass apostasy & conversion of Muslims?
Those are the two possibilities; there is no other solution. Which one are you preparing to implement? Are you willing to kill the top terrorist leaders and bomb their funeral processions, bombing those of the terrorists killed, until the recalcitrant true believers are eliminated? Then what the Hell will you do? You have no solution, you have only diversions from objective factual reality. Your diversions waste precious time and money and accomplish nothing of value.
Terror attacks are designed to disrupt society. They intend to induce panic & paralysis. They intend to cause distrust and paranoia. They intend to bleed us to death financially.
Finally, the American people should remain vigilant, but also be confident. Those plotting against us seek not only to undermine our security, but also the open society and the values that we cherish as Americans. This incident, like several that have preceded it demonstrates that an alert and courageous citizenry are far more resilient than an isolated extremist. As a nation we will do everything in our power to protect our country, as Americans we will never give in to fear or division, we will be guided by our hopes, our unity, and our deeply held values. That's who we are as Americans. And that's what our brave men and women in uniform are standing up for as they spend the holidays in harm's way, and we will continue to do everything that we can to keep America safe in the New Year and beyond.
Terror attacks are asymmetrical warfare, yet they are still warfare. We, too have a means of asymmetrical warfare; it was put to very good use about one year before I was born. If you are not willing to use it, you are not willing to keep the lamp of liberty lit; you are willing to waste the all the investment in blood and treasure that has kept this nation free for more than 230 years. Hiroshima & Nagasaki have much to teach you, Mr. President.