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I think I have found a new theme in my choices of blogging topics. Yesterday I posted on how member of the Obama administration and the mainstream media continue to be shocked by unexpected events. Only these events are really only unexpected to those that refuse to take off their rose-colored glasses. A day later and there are two more shining examples of this principle.

First up, we have an press briefing with two key members of Obama's Department of Homeland Security--Secretary Janet Napolitano and Assistant to the President John Brennan. The full transcript is available here (hat tip Gateway Pundit), but this quote below says it all.

Question: What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of the review? And, Secretary, to you, as well.

MR. BRENNAN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is an extension of al Qaeda core coming out of Pakistan. And, in my view, it is one of the most lethal and one of the most concerning of it. The fact that they had moved forward to try to execute this attack against the homeland I think demonstrated to us -- and this is what the review sort of uncovered -- that we had a strategic sense of sort of where they were going, but we didn't know they had progressed to the point of actually launching individuals here. And we have taken that lesson, and so now we're full on top of it.

SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence. It really emphasizes now the renewed importance on how different intelligence is integrated and analyzed, and threat streams are followed through. And, again, it will impact how we continue to review the need to improve airport security around the world.

Emphasis mine. Let that sink in for a moment. The heads of homeland security were surprised in how determined Al Qeada is. What world have they been living in? Furthermore, they apparently discounted the idea of any attacks on U.S. soil that didn't exactly mirror the coordinated attack on 9/11. Suddenly the pattern of TSA regulations make sense. Don't worry about shoes. Enter the shoe bomber. OK, start scanning shoes. Don't worry about toothpaste. Enter the toothpaste bomber. OK, start scanning toothpaste. I realize predicting the unknown is a difficult task and hindsight is 20/20 but to discount the idea of a single bomber? So we've had attacks planned by large numbers of people and single individuals. Is the DHS looking for attackers working in pairs or are we going to wait for that to happen to start looking?

Turning to the economy, late last night the Labor Department released information that U.S. employers cut 85,000 jobs in December and the jobless rate ticked up to 10.1%. How did Reuters react to the news? Why, it was unexpected!

U.S. employers unexpectedly cut 85,000 jobs in December, cooling optimism on the labor market's recovery and keeping pressure on President Barack Obama to find ways to spur job growth.

The Labor Department said on Friday that November payrolls were revised to show the economy actually added 4,000 jobs rather than losing 11,000 as initially reported, breaking a streak of consecutive losses that dates back to December 2007.

With revisions to October, however, the economy lost 1,000 more jobs than previously estimated over the two months.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 10 percent in December, but that reflected a surprisingly large number of people leaving the labor force.

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected nonfarm payrolls to hold steady last month, with the jobless rate edging up to 10.1 percent.

Again, emphasis mine. They seem surprised to see poor indicators coming out of the economy. Aren't you?

Looks like I may have to ask Kevin to add "Unexpected!" as a new category of post topics here at Wizbang.


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Comments (9)

When you're clueless, a lot... (Below threshold)

When you're clueless, a lot of things are unexpected.

Look for Obama and the dems to see some unexpected voting results in the upcoming elections.

As for Obama's supporters, I'd imagine the level of incompetence being displayed by the Obama adminstration is also unexpected.

Like I said, when you're clueless.....

Let's face it, we're screwe... (Below threshold)

Let's face it, we're screwed. These people could not find their own asses even if given a map, compass AND DIRECTIONS.

As for the economic projections. Barry better get himself some new 'experts'. People are tiring of hearing about "unexpected".

Oh look! A green shoot! Just ignore 17.3% TOTAL UNEMPLOYMENT!

Are these some of the intel... (Below threshold)

Are these some of the intellectuals David Brooks was talking about?

Janet is surprised at Al-Qa... (Below threshold)

Janet is surprised at Al-Qaeda's determination? Janet, put down your copy of Saul Alinsky and pick up a copy of Sun Tzu.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Obviously, the country's head of Homeland Security does not know the enemy very well. The question then becomes, how well does she know herself?

Please forgive the tangent,... (Below threshold)

Please forgive the tangent, but I just read that Abdulmutallab has been charged with having Weapons of Mass Destruction.


See also: http://www.talkleft.com/legal/AbdulmutallabIndictment.pdf

For me, this was unexpected.

"These people could not ... (Below threshold)

"These people could not find their own asses even if given a map, compass AND DIRECTIONS."

I prefer: "Couldn't find their asses with both hands and an ass-map." But either is sufficient.

And Hank, you're not surprised that the definition of WMD is evolving, are you? I mean, it used to be strictly enforced by liberals, every time someone on the right used the term, that it had to be biological, chemical or atomic, then it had to be in large quantities, then it had to be less than X years old, etc.

This report is very bad bec... (Below threshold)
John S:

This report is very bad because with "seasonal adjustments," pundits were expecting this report to show a plus 400,000 jobs created.

The only thing that is saving Obama on the headline unemployment number is that 600,000 people a month are exhausting their unemployment benefits and then are "magically" not among the unemployed. The U3 would be 12.4 percent if these folks weren't now living in a cardboard box somewhere. Even though they officially don't exist, I bet they'll still vote in November, though.

I'm guessing "unexpected" w... (Below threshold)

I'm guessing "unexpected" will be the description of 10's of thousands of more layoffs in the Jan 2010 jobs report due to all the Xmas temps getting the axe.

Barry is doing an overwhelm... (Below threshold)

Barry is doing an overwhelmingly good job given His astounding lack of qualifications!






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