President Obama yesterday took personal responsibility for failures in the Christmas day terror plot, but Rudy Giuliani still isn’t convinced.
I spoke to the former mayor of New York City this morning on GMA, who assailed the Obama administration’s decisions on national security.
“What he [Obama] should be doing is following the right things that Bush did -- one of the right things he did was treat this as a war on terror. We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama,” Giuliani said. “Number two, he should correct the things that Bush didn’t do right. Sending people to Yemen was wrong, not getting this whole intelligence thing corrected.”
Giuliani seems to have forgotten about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and shoe bomber Richard Reid.
The former Republican presidential candidate specifically took issue with the fact that the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab , is being tried in a civil court instead of a military tribunal.
“I wouldn’t have as big of a problem with this if the Obama administration had said military courts are unconstitutional, they’re unfair. We are going to have military courts, we are going to have civilian courts and it seems to me we’re going to be trying the most dangerous terrorists in the wrong place, the ones who attacked us here in the United States,” he told me.
Officials said Abdulmutallab gave up a lot of information in the more than 30 hours after his arrest, but Giuliani isn’t convinced that U.S. authorities have gotten all the information they need from him. He argues that military courts are there for cases just like his -- even though only three terror suspects were convicted in military courts in the eight years George W. Bush was president.
“This isn’t about whether you convict him or not, this is about whether you get information or not. If you put someone in a civilian court, within a short time a lawyer is appointed and the person shuts up. If you have a person in the military system you can question him endlessly for as long as you have to, make sure you’ve gotten the full scope of information, and here’s the most important point, you get it timely,” Giuliani said.
The former mayor also assailed Obama’s decision to shut down the detainee center at Guantanamo Bay, calling the idea “totally absurd.”
Is he satisfied with the Obama administration so far?
Not quite yet.
“I want to see what he does,” Giuliani said.
Watch our full conversation here: