A Somali man accused of trying to kill a Danish cartoonist whose drawing of the seventh century Arab leader Muhammad (attached) was one of several used as an excuse to claim "the Arab street" was "enraged" back in 2005, was charged with two counts of attempted murder Saturday.

Danish police shot and wounded the 28-year-old Islamic lunatic on New Year’s Day after he broke into 74-year-old Kurt Westergaard’s home armed with an axe and a knife.

The man, who has not been named, has also been linked to a plot to blow up Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Africa. The Danish newspaper Politiken, quoting unnamed Danish sources, said the would-be assassin was held by Kenyan authorities but later released due to lack of evidence, adding that Danish authorities knew of the alleged plot against Mrs Clinton.

Meantime, President Barack Obama laid blame Saturday on an al-Qaida affiliate for a botched Christmas Day bombing aboard a Detroit-bound airliner.

The president described the path through Yemen of 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian accused of trying to destroy Northwest Flight 253.

"We’re learning more about the suspect," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that the White House released on Saturday as the president vacationed in Hawaii.

(Great time to "learn more about him" — months after his father repeatedly went to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria to warn them about his son. But intelligence agents were talking off-the-record all week last week, complaining that since the Obama team took office, said agents have been discouraged from following up leads on Islamic fundamentalist extremists, since doing so is now seen as politically incorrect "profiling.")

"We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies," the president said. "It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaida, and that this group — al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula — trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America.

"This is not the first time this group has targeted us," Mr. Obama said. "In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies, including our embassy in 2008, killing one American."

Am I the only one who felt I had to go back and make sure the president being referred to in the news account above was Barack Obama — not George Bush?

Isn’t it the Obama administration that’s spent the past 11 months insisting there IS no war on terror? No one making war on us, at all? Weren’t we supposed to believe that was some kind of nonsense the Bush team invented? That all that was required was for Mr. Obama to travel the globe bowing and scraping to foreign leaders, telling Egyptians in a big radio address that America is a Muslim nation, inviting everyone to gather round and sing Kum-ba-ya?

Wasn’t it Mr. Obama who warned us after a fruitcake Islamic extremist named Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire and killed 30 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas Nov. 5 "not to jump to conclusions" — clearly meaning the "conclusion" that the massacre was perpetrated by a fruitcake Islamic extremist who’d been actively trying to contact the same depraved Muslim cleric who advised Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — or the "conclusion" that the Fort Hood shooter was a Muslim fundamentalist extremist who should have been booted out of the U.S. Army for his behavior and loudly stated beliefs long ago?

Wasn’t it Mr. Obama’s "Homeland Security" czar, Janet Napolitano, who warned us three days after the Hasan massacre — in a press conference staged in Abu Dhabi, of all places — not to make the mistake of blaming Islamic fundamentalists for mass murders committed by Islamic fundamentalists, since that wouldn’t be politically correct? Isn’t it Ms. Napolitano who insists there’s no such thing as a "terrorist attack," only "man-caused disasters"? Didn’t president Obama describe the botched Christmas Day bombing in his first public statement a week ago as an "isolated incident"?

Barack Obama didn’t "change" George Bush’s Secretary of War. (Yes, I know they now call it "Defense" when we attack foreign countries that haven’t harmed us, as opposed to targeting Islamic fundamentalist extremists.) He didn’t "change" George Bush’s Federal Reserve chief. He didn’t "change" the Goldman-Sachs gang that set George Bush’s disastrous economic policies — nor has he called for removal and "change" of the Democratic majority congressional leaders who funded all the economic disasters of the past decade.

The only visible "change" to date is that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, instead of being turned over to military authorities for interrogation to see if they could learn what else this gang may have planned, was assigned a public defender and read his "Miranda right" to remain silent!

Barack Obama, Public Defender in Chief!

That and the rhetoric, of course. Note the way Mr. Obama insists on injecting his socialist "oppressed masses" agenda into the equation, implying the reason these Islamic fundamentalist extremist thugs are trying to murder innocent women and children — and cartoonists — is that Yemen is "a country grappling with crushing poverty."

What? Osama bin Laden is the millionaire heir to a Middle Eastern construction fortune. His right-hand men tend to be educated professionals — Egyptian medical doctors show up quite prominently on the list. Would-be Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is the son of a Nigerian millionaire banker with a $400,000 second home in London. Yet Mr. Obama sees this as an opportunity to channel that Frantz Fanon "Wretched of the Earth" stuff he learned in college a few years ago, implying these guys are just frustrated because the greedy Western capitalists have somehow deprived them of flush toilets and Kentucky Fried Chicken?

The people holding the oppressed masses of the Middle East (including the Palestinians) in poverty are their own oil-wealthy Islamic potentates, no one else.

The left has elected for us a government of guys who used to keep the "straight" kids down the hall in the college dorm from getting any sleep by turning up Joan Baez real loud on the stereo, toking up a bowl, and planning ways to fix the world through "a more enlightened" brand of coercive collectivism screened behind high-sounding happy talk. Unfortunately, after 10 months of rubbing their eyes and asking each other if it’s some kind of a trick, the real world seems to have decided not to cooperate.

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