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December 30th, 2009
08:48 AM ET

U.S. Response to the Failed Plane Bombing

CNN has learned that the U.S. and Yemen are looking at targets in Yemen for a potential retaliatory strike. This is in response to Friday’s failed bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight. (Read the full story here).

What do you think of this plan? What do you think the U.S. response should be?

Post your comments here. Heidi will read some of them during the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.

Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. sheila drennon

    no terrorist state must be allowed to exist!

    December 30, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    All passports to and from Yemen should be revoked by the United States war ships should be posted along the Yemen coast line to provide safe passage for merchant ships and a seek and destroy method should be placed in effect.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  3. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Why not go full force with our air force to take out all extremism in Yemen? Obama just stated that he will go after these terrorists and/or Islamic extremists any where they are found including the rebels in Yemen which I have no doubt if they take control of Yemen it will become an Islamic extremist state!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  4. nedam nemis

    I think we should follow the lead provided by President Obama and go play golf.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  5. Charlotte

    I think we should be looking at a global response – not just a U.S. attack. It's time that the EU join the U.S. in combating terrorists by increasing their efforts in security and aiding us in our fight against terrorists. From what I see, it looks very one-sided yet all of Europe is at risk as well.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  6. rwenrch284

    It is time that we are the ones inflicting the fear,we spend so much time worrying about everone elses rights while the terrorists couldnt care less about ours.its time to strike fast ,hard and prolonged. We need to start sending messages and stop worrying about political correctness

    December 30, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  7. Bobby Walters

    I believe it is time for the U.S. to take immediate action against extremists. We can not sit back and overlook these attempts against our freedom. We also can not depend on Yemen or other countries to screen their passengers well or take action on their own homefronts even though we have provided Yemen with 68 million dollars, this money has not been applied to the terror front. Even their own people classify this as "peanuts" in the cost of defending their country. Save the money and initiate strikes against any nation who attempt to cause us loss of life. We cannot afford to wait until we have another 911 size attack. Take action now! Send the message that we will not tolerate attacks on the U.S. by any rogue group or nation.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  8. Geneva Greenwell

    Whose brillant idea to take blankets and pillows away one hour before landing. THAT IS NOT GOING TO SAVE ANYONE. Gosh maybe they will set off explosives one hour and 15 minutes ahead of landing. Let's see on the Detroit flight would that have been over NY? They can set off their explosives anytime during the flight not just before landing. Duh

    December 30, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  9. R N

    I do support Retaliation strikes to try to help disrupt the Terror activity to prevent them to launch future attacks. But thanks to you, it might be ineffective. Since you are announcing the future operations of US forces and Compromising it. Now the Terrorists will be preparing for it. Real smart CNN. Maybe you should report it AFTER the retaliatory strikes come .. or not. But if you keep informing the terrorists which is most likely watching News Broadcasts for Intell on us. It makes it that much harder to protect the US from future attacks.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  10. Donald Newton

    Simple: Do what was not done after the attack on the USS Cole and the World Trade Center. Attack al Queerda in Arabia with the mission of total annihilation of its organization and personnel. Had we delivered such a message in 2001, we would have no such problems in the world today.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  11. Odinakachi

    The U.S. must attack, because these terrorist are endangering innocent lives. If the bombing Christmas day was successful many citizens might refuse to travel by air. This can ultimately cripple the American economy. So please we must attack.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  12. Eros Von Dei

    I think the u.s. Should start to look at how close to home and serious this is...we have to skrite unless we want another 9/11

    December 30, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  13. Roland J Parker

    Whatever the response may be I don't think it should be telegraphed to the terrorist in Yemen, by Ms. Heidi Collins. with all due respect some time you people at CNN, talk to much about the wrong things.

    It like you really don't understand peoples lives are at stake & your too, if worse comes to worse.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  14. carl

    Heidi, I think it's time to stop playing games with the terrorist organization and deliver a devastating blow to Yehmen! We need to kill as many terrorist as possible so they will see we mean business and will not tolerate any more terrorist activities in the US! The only language these terrorist understand is the violent response by attacking their training camps. We need to realize, this is going to go on and on until we wipe them out. Let's clean up this mess and get on with the business of eliminating terrorist! Until we get a surrender from them, we should keep on killing terrorist in their own homeland or where ever they go!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  15. Mike

    One thing I don't understand is how come on 9/11 there was no attcks on Saudi Arabia when 90% of the hijackers were Saudi?

    December 30, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  16. Ross B.

    We need to take decisive action against Islamists.
    During the Presidency of Bill Clinton, he ordered cruise missle strikes on Sudan and Afghanistan to take out known terrorist targets.
    In fact, cruise missle attacks were very successfully made against terrorist targets in Yemen just this month on Dec. 17.
    The fact that terrorists feel they must "retailiate" against these attacks means they are having their desired effect.
    The precident for cruise missle attacks is already set – and comes without having to sacrifice a single American life.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  17. Dan

    I think we should be the kinder-gentler nation, and request the presence of the terrorists at the bargaining table and give in to their demands. NOT.
    Let's DESTROY all terrorist training camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and any other country allowing this crap.
    Being retired Navy, the navy has plenty of fire power to complete this mission. GO NAVY!!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  18. anton markous

    Air strike should be done immediately, before the terrorists have a chance to scatter and hide, but in order not to turn this into the endless war we should not put any boots on the ground. Giving this kind of states money is only filling the pockets of corrupt officials.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  19. William

    I like the comment about Obama. Let's send our whole administration including the Department of Defense out on vacation to play gold and let we common people handle the problems with the CIA, Yemen and Russia. Don't forget to send Gibbs too!!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  20. Ben Keskin

    Hi Hiedi,

    I don't understand. US officials get the tip from a father about his son's terror activity, they do not do a damn thing about that, and they did not do what they supposed to do, and put the life in danger all the passenger on the plane.
    Now, who suffer again? we, the people. It is already a nightmare to go through the airport security, now it will get a lot worse. If the officials did their jobs right, we would not have to go throgh these terrible ordeals again.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  21. Sandra Hochstedler

    The information that we are "looking for targets in Yemen for a possible retaliatory strike" is useful for whom??? I know of no better way for Al Kaida to obtain intelligence for free than to watch cable news! During WWII, there was a saying that no one these days seems willing to subscribe to and that is, "Loose lips sink ships". What happened to the element of surprise when fighting our enemies? It is unconscionable for the media to help our enemies this way. STOP HELPING ALKAIDA(sp)! Another phrase I hate seeing is, "....who spoke on condition of anonimity because he/she wasn't authorized to speak..." I wonder how far we could have come with beating the terrorists if we had not cued our movements and other sensitive information! And THAT is what I think.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  22. Doug

    Heidi, Thank you for having the forein minister rom Yemen on your show this morning.
    It was obvious by his comments that his country has the willingness and desire to fight Al Qaeda in Yemen. We should and I assume are, working very cooperatively with this country giving it all of the support it needs. Allies such as these are our best fight against terroism. We must treat them with the utmost respect and gratefulness.
    We need to allow Yemen to be an example to rest of the world, as to the benefits of cooperating with democratic and free countries. We are fortunate for this opportunity. It is our country's hope that other countries such as Iran can also experience the prosperity and benefits a good relationship with the free world can provide. We are a country quick to kindness and support to those of peace. I believe this is the message Pres. Obama seeks to spread. Thank you.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  23. Cindy Marazo

    Immediately increase air strikes against Yemen. Eliminate these
    extremists while displaying our refusal to cower to Al Quida threats.
    I am very disppointed in President Obama taking days to issue
    a less than foreceful statement, if for no other reason than to reassure
    Americans when we once again are being attacked over our own soil.
    His administration's continued mishandling of critical events and issues has most definitely lost my future vote for re-election, since I have lost all confidence.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  24. Jim

    Good Morning Heidi,
    I suspect the U.S. will perform the usual steps."Close the Gate after the Horse has gone!" Until we remove the career politicians in the wrong positions(ie. Peneta, Napolitano, Pelosi) and put some one better trained and more aware of the international problems of today, such as "Experinced, Trained, Military Personnel" who we have spent "Billions" training and fail to use to the maximum extent of their capabilities, NOTHING will change. The current situation should be self explanitory. The "Fat-Cat's" are all too busy covering their six! Wake up peple! 2010 is coming!!!!!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  25. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The biggest proublem with Yemen is the escape route to Somolia this needs to be fixed first.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  26. Anand, GA

    What do they mean by "retaliatory attacks"?. It is not a "war" yet. I dont think it will do any good to kill a handful of Yemenis in retaliation in a hurry - many of whom may be in fact innocent. The situation deserves a more thoughtful strategic reaction like for example consolidating information on suspected individuals from different databases maintained by different US agencies and US allies, and make it easily accessible to all parties involved (e.g., embassies, airports, universities).

    December 30, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  27. keith richardson

    Janet Napolitano should be fired immediately after briefing the president. The Jamie Garelick memo that was the highlight of the 911 commission should be reexamined so that the FBI-CIA-HLS teams can communicate with eachother.

    Yes, we should stop talking about bombing Yemen publically and do it in a targeted way. And while we're at it, let's hit Somalia to stop the pirate attacks. This politically correct tiptoe attitude is going to get us all killed in short order. Furthermore, Guantanamo should be kept open and all terrorists tried in military courts, NOT Federal courts.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  28. Dan

    Hey Cindy,
    I didn't vote for Obama; however, America voted for change, and we sure are seeing change. Like you said, he should have came out as President on Christmas day as soon as it was known and issued a statement. AMERICA for CHANGE. Pathetic CHANGE.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  29. Dr. Inderjit Singh Sambi

    Heads should roll in US intelligence ranks. No excuse is acceptable for this lapse.

    Father of the terrorist boy should be awarded and honored so that all fathers around the world start paying more attention to what their sons are up to.



    December 30, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  30. Sandra Hochstedler

    One more thing-I hope the life of the Yemeni leader is not at risk now that he has been interviewed on your program. But anything for another story, right? Geez!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  31. Roy

    Heidi, What should the US do in response to the failed NW aircraft bomb attempt? We should not invade or attack Yemen. Al Qaeda attacks America, because we attack them. And so the cycle goes. We should work toward improving homeland security measures, even if it involves racial profiling. I would expect it if I was in another country. If we are at war, why shouldn't we take all steps necessary to protect ourselves. I also like the use of the dogs to sniff out potential explosives on people. I don't know anyone who hasn't had their private areas sniffed by a dog. It could be done in private so the individual is not embarassed. What is more improtant, the individuals vanity or our national security?

    December 30, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  32. jbenzev

    If the security of our country
    Is in jeopardy then we need to move swiftly and without
    Hesitation to make a definite point to not attack our country.
    Also on the topic of not putting the dots together, the same statement
    Was made about 9-11. If putting dots together is what is needed,
    Have children do this. If not find people
    Who takes attacks against America seriously.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  33. Romain Stewart

    The pre-emptive war doctrine is not just. Tightening of security measures ought to be sufficient. As far as I know, no blood was spilled, any plans for retaliation cannot spill blood nor should they do more damage than that caused by the failed bombing. I think any military retaliation would really be preemption. Prevention is never to be reduced to preemption.
    Congrats to Dutchman Jasper Schuringa for thwarting Unar Mutallab's attempts.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  34. Concerned Mother

    I have been in Yemen for the birth of both my Grandchildren. The Yemeni Government have been dealing for some time with this problem and are continuing to actively pursue Al Qaida. The Saleh government, should not be insulted by people insinuating that they are doing nothing. Many of their young men have died in this persuit. It would good to give them any support that they ask for, however, do it quietly without broadcasting it all over creation so those of us who have children and grandchildren who are Americans are not put in any more danger than they already are.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  35. Robert

    I am worried that cell phones,lap tops and all electronics.that are allowed in the planes cabin area.will be turned on and jam all navigations and avionics..taking the plane down.its only a matter of time. that the terroist will figure this out..we should ban them from the cabin area.Can this happen..???Thanks BOB

    December 30, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  36. Erwin

    we appreciate that newscast like CNN keep on reporting on this issue. But, aren't we as Americans getting really scared and showing the world weakness and fear? If we keep making a big deal out of the Christmas failed terror attack, the Terrorist then win and they had accomplished their objective, to terrorized Americans... The American people response, should be one of; we are not afraid to fly and we are back to normal.

    As for the US Government Response :
    Visas should be revoked or suspended for every citizen who comes from countries like; Yemen, Oman, Somalia, Egypt, Syria, etc. and meticulously review one by one, before granted these citizens entrance in the US again.

    And of course, military action should be expected from the US., If the US intelligence knows where Al-Qaeda training camps are located, the US should strike and show the world that we mean business when it comes to terminate extremist terrorist groups.

    Erwin / Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

    December 30, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  37. barry bennett Las Vegas Nv

    Dear Heidi,
    Please allow me the oppunity to Re-arrange my previous remarks.
    Thank God, there was NO explosion ,or loss of life.
    Believe me, our security people will find the crack's and weld it shut!!
    Remember, when it comes to protection a nation, "WE DON'T TAKE CURTAIN CALLS". WOW! We hear only about "close calls, or near about the near screw-ups. I wonder what "the Back Story," was all about!

    Best, Barry Bennett Las Vegas
    Radio News Director Retiered!

    December 30, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  38. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Why take off my comment? All Islamic extremism all over the world should be stopped and the only thing that will stop it is to show the Islamic people who teach jihad should be put put to death and given God's judgment of how they treat other people and if it is killing anybody just for the reason that they are not Muslims and follow sharia laws God will make them burn in hell for eternity!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  39. Dennis

    Your interview of the Minister for Yemen was right on point. Great questions. Your question about what he did with the 67 million in US aid should not have taken him by surprise. He is either a bad liar or really does not know where the money went. He stammered like an altar bot caught sipping from the communion wine.

    I really like your style!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  40. Doug

    Regarding the announcing of US retaliation, I admire the concern of bloggers who wish no mention of retaliation. Fox news and Cnn know the fustration of viewers when no mention of response is made. There are those who interpret no mention of retaliation to no action. The viewers need to know that our military is doing its job without compromising its affectiveness. It is not for any of us to know exactly how our military operates. Something is being done right, if our drones took out major leaders of Al Qaeda last week. It is my hope that we will have no mercy regarding strikes against all know targets. There is no doubt that elimination and destruction of all terrorists is the best course.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  41. Charles

    When is someone in the media going to focus on the fact that;
    1. The CIA Director has NO intel background...
    2. The Attorney General has demoralized the CIA...
    and ask if these issues are factors in this most recent failure in the Intel community???

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  42. William

    Heidi: I just can't understand why Obama is out in Hawaii playing golf and entertaining while the United States Government is falling apart. The CIA, FBI and Homeland are just falling to pieces. He should get back to the oval office and take control, or simply resign as an failed leader. His need is of utmost importance now. Terrorist 's must be stopped now, and it seems like water falling off his back. He just shows no interest in our security.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  43. Ken Adams


    December 30, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  44. Terrance campbell

    I think if the guy from flight 253 gives the USA the names of the people trained him and where they are located as fast as he told USA he was working for al quede then we should go in there and destroy that place so it will never train another person there again.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  45. Natalie

    If you want to attack the people responsible it sounds like you should be bombing just about every federal agency involved in counter terrorism. They knew who he was and the information didn't get where it was supposed to go. Maybe you should get your own crap together before leveling another country!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  46. S. Jones

    I think it is iresponsible for CNN to publicly talk about U.S. Military options in Yemen. The element of supprise is gone thanks to you

    December 30, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  47. walter cheskey

    yes i would submit to body scan, but i think trained dogs would be alot better because is would be less intrusive to most people, and more effective. this country and our allies realy have to get one plan and work it. its impossible to unscramble scrambled eggs. i pray we do something effective real soon. ps we did have a true hero on that flight, lets talk about him for awhile, thanks walter

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  48. Joe Parko

    It is clear from this attempted bombing involving Al-Queda in Yemen that terrorism is a world-wide network that defies conventional military operations. Our military is chasing a phantom. As we chase them out of Afghanistan and Pakistan, they merely relocate to Yemen and other areas. Are we going to invade every nation that has an Al-Queda connection? The only way to deal with this highly dispersed terror network is through targeted intelligence and small-scale police and military operations aimed at particular terror cells scattered around the globe. We are trying to defeat terrorism with a hammer when it requires a scalpel.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  49. Nandan

    There should be no retaliation. The failure of the CIA to pass information on to other governmental agencies and inadequacies of the TSA in properly protecting Americans do not warrant bombing another country. The United States faces so many threats from different groups around the world, and it is nonsensical to pursue a policy to eliminate all of them when there are such blatant failings in our homeland security policy. The focus should be on improving our security here, it is more cost effective and there is no collateral damage.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  50. Todd

    Yes, something should be done about the Al Qaeda in Yemen. Something should be done about Al Qaeda wherever it exists. The root of the problem is people who teach Jihad and hate against westerners. If we can get to the root of the problem and fix it it will have a much bigger impact then dropping some bombs on a hideout somewhere in Yemen.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  51. Jake

    Since this plane bombing was planed by former guantanamo detainees, we should have Taged them with GPS tracking devices before we released them. They would have lead us to their camps.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  52. Ellen

    Is anyone trying to understand the source of anti-American sentiment in Yemen which allows jihadists and terrorists like Al-Quaeda to operate there? Perhaps addressing those concerns would cost a lot less money and be ultimately a lot more effective than a military response or attempting to increase airline and border security in the United States. Why is there so much, apparently increasing, anti-American feeling in the Middle East and in Africa?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  53. Sheldon

    im from canada , an attack on usa , is attack on me, this is a serious safety threat and should be addressed aggresivley , al queada in yeman , are not coordinated like in iraq, they are not used to fighting the coalition, what NEEDS to happen is air strikes, predators strikes, and a small scale sweep and clean ground invasion of yemen 30-60000 troops , and i belive this should be a canadian, us and UK , coalition..this threat is a threat to canada and the US

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  54. lester

    I personally do not believe, the US needs to target, persons responsible for the failed plane attack, we should target all Al queda, insullations, everywhere and anywhere 24/7. Arn't we at war???

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  55. molly cruz

    This dramatic event on Christmas, and the Fort Hood shootings as well, were so predictable one has to wonder about the CIA's motives in this case and the Army in Fort Hood. They may be together independently following a pattern of periodic provocation just to keep themselves in business and of course, to keep Israel safe. In truth this one scared neurotic man, already on the books; is one of a stable of instability that may be called upon to serve the interests of the provocateurs, whoever they are; but I suspect treason.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  56. Thomas Dickson

    The only logical conclusion is to implement religious profiling. As a black man, I will now be regarded with suspicion any time I travel which is frequently. What is frustrating to me is I am a Catholic and in recent memory no Catholic has committed a terrorist act against Americans or the American homeland – that is true of Protestants, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists. The one characteristic property of all the terrorists is that they are Muslim. Indeed not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists appear to be Muslims and until we get over the issue of political correctness and directly ask and super screen individuals that either appear to be Muslim, profess to be Muslim or have been traveling to and from predominantly Muslim countries or have attended Muslim Madrassas, mosques, and otherwise prior to their being permitted to finalize the transaction to purchase a plane ticket let alone board an aircraft, we will continue to see hundreds of Americans blown up in planes all over the world.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  57. Tim

    The US should consider one of the targeted strikes on the CIA bureaucrats. Since this is not a a realistic the President should direct the CIA to pay for the scanner machines and the technology being installed in Holland to every airport security gate in the US and at gates around the world heading for the US from its "Black Budget."

    December 30, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  58. Paul

    If we get him off the gold course to "approve" targets the led should star to fly.
    Hardly makes any difference who we get in most regions; they are all terrorist.
    First " Target" should he current Dir. of Homeland Security.
    She has more than demonstrated her ineptness. Makes me scared, very scared, to think she is in charge of anything but some kindergarten kids.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  59. Paul

    Heidi, do you really expect a foreign official to appeal for help to CNN? In all seriousness, in situations where countries can't maintain control of "their own house", the U.S. should go after those responsible. It's what's best for America.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  60. Balaji

    Heidi..The one and only solution is to go for the roots,Air strikes on Yeme n will give a strong message to the extremists that the US will not anymore lie down take back. So just Bomb Bomb Bomb !!!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  61. molly cruz

    As long as we are overpopulated, we will find reasons to kill one another.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  62. Doug

    Who cares if Yemen is able to carry out attacks with our help or not. Of course they are getting our help. But remember, it is Yemen who is helping us. And we obviously know they do not have the resources or equipment such as drones etc. Please don't try to make the foreign minister look bad because he is saying what he needs to say to honor our agreement with them. I also agree that 67 million is a crumb. Put the buck where the bang will be.
    And honor the remarks of the lady with relatives in Yemen when she says these operations are sensitive and should be done quietly. Thanks.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  63. Teresa K

    If we have confirmed information; we should perform surgical strikes to take out former GITMO terrorists. It wouldn't be "racial profiling" to strip-search people who are on a terrorist watchlist! Yes, the CIA, FBI, need to merge lists, so ALL threats can be examined. Hypocrites blame Obama when it was the Bush administration that released these people into Yemen, and the republican majority who failed to approve the use of high tech scanners at airports...Now they suddenly think we should spend more money?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  64. Ralph Patch

    Dan, you sound like the wierdos were fighting. This latest attempt to bomb a plane shows how these wars we're fighting aren't making us any safer We should get the hell out of Iraq and Afganistan and concentrate on using intelligence and surgical strikes when appropriate to take out the enemy. Pissing away our money and lives on ill-conceived wars is doing nothing to help the situation.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  65. Peter Hancon


    One of your talking head experts said she would like to know every time a visa seeker lies on a British visa application. What a stupid comment! She apparently does not realize how many people lie on visa application every day. Putting all their names into a anti-terrorist database would render it useless. People who lie on visa applications are generally seeking a better life as an illegal immigrant.

    Peter, Dallas

    December 30, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  66. Richard, Tennessee

    The reasons for Muslim extremist hatred of the US is clear, how many times do we have to hear it? Our military, CIA, NSA etc. are meddling in nearly every country in the world. We take resources from nearly every country in the world and leave their people in poverty while supporting repressive regimes whenever it suits our "national interests" i.e. interests of American corporations. Corporate security overrides considerations of what is best for the American people – everything our government does is about MONEY and enriching the already rich. Pile on our profligate support of the racist Israeli regime and if anyone still wonders why we are hated and why it is so easy for Muslim extremists to recruit people, it isclear they are not paying attention. Watch John Pilger's documentary "The War on Democracy" and then tell me you are proud to be an American.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  67. ken

    It appears that the citizens of the u.s. are blood thirsty. We have been bombing iraq, afghanistan, and pakistan, for years and most recently yemen and it has not made us any safer. This was a preventable incident. The cia and state department personnel who failed to act on pleas from the plane arsonists father must be fired. The 9/11 terrorists got their flight training in florida, why not bomb florida. We have gone from bushdumb to obamadumb. Stop the vengeance and the insanity. We have now entered the twilight zone.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  68. Nina Straussner

    The U.S. departments of homeland security, the CIA and other intelligence agencies are responsible for keeping the nation safe. The recent events demostrate that the adminiistration does not make securing the nation a priority. this last case was a "no-brainer." Military action probably will cause more young Muslims to join terrrorist cells and training camps. Our priority shoould be to protect our borders, airports, etc. End the occupations in Iraq and Afghanastan.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  69. Allie Kellner


    We don't need new airport security measures! If the airport would have implemented the policies we already have in place THIS WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED! We have good rules that work! We just need to actually use them. What we need is to hold airport personal responsible for allowing individuals to bypass security.

    Another problem here is communication. In so many instances messages are ignored or not passed on. The airport security is not what needs to be changed; our method of communication is what really needs to be looked at.

    Please Heidi, take some time to consider this!
    god bless: Allie Kellner, 19, carmel indiana

    December 30, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  70. molly cruz

    What to do with the Young Lions has confounded societies since they existed. Trouble is, there's no "out there somewhere" to send them anymore; they are strong, troublesome, stupid, zealous, vulnerable, and searching, alone or in packs; for that which we all are searching: meaning, direction. Well? There's only one more frontier to crack; let's send them to the moon.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  71. Dan in Santa Barbara

    I think we should expect the Saudis to clean up their own back yard.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  72. Mike

    This is an important opportunity for Yemen's leaders and U.S. leadership to publicly meet and discuss the environment of Yemen and to publicly open dialogue relating to join operations to improve security. We do not vocalize violence before publicly, intelligently assessing the situation and finding other methods to deal with this.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  73. Randy

    I don't think that CNN is being responsible by publishing the info of a Yemen attack, if a U.S. retaliatory attack is in the near future.

    The more of these little terrorists in training that we can kill / mutilate, the better.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  74. olen

    A retaliation? What are we? Kindergarteners? That's asking for more and more attacks. And just who and what would you direct your missiles at?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  75. Dannie

    The U.S. needs to get out the the Middle East and let them have their Allah. We cause our own problems by sticking our nose in where it doesn't belong.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  76. shannon

    Why doesn't the US try responding with an act of PEACE for a change? Why must we always respond in like to terror? Be the change agent and teach peace, and tolerance.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  77. Doug

    Thanks Natalie, Some people seem to think if the pres was not on vacation none of this would have happened. That's intelligent. Pot shotters and people who in their own way say "the sky is falling", want to create a sense of fear because of our leadership, not because of any intelligent information. I would be happy to talk to them about Bush's report card. But this blog is about Yemen and the Christmas Day's failed bombing. If we hadn't been in Iraq wasting our resources away from getting Osama, we might not be talking about the Christmas day incident.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  78. Luis

    It seems like everytime one of our agencies makes a big mistake our goverment diverts the attention from the ones at fault. Just like the White House party crashers incident. The one agency who is supposed to "protect" is the one dropping the ball. I think President Obama really needs to shake things up before something more drastic happens.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  79. Julius Gonsalves

    Based on correct information, immediate precise air strike(s) is the best option.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  80. kumar

    The bombings in Yemen would cause lot of civilians to panic. The actual terrorist would have fled from yemen. The intelligence agencies should focus on other strategies instead of focusing Yemen. They need to look @ neighboring countries of Yemen before the terrorist escapes.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  81. Dr. Yiannis Sovarous

    a response should be a collaboration between the E.U. and the U.S.
    NOT an american response. We need to tread lightly, we cannot further tensions with the muslim yemminites of the U.S.
    However a response, in a military or diplomatic form, is imperitive.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  82. InfotainMe

    Let's see, bombing and killing don't seem to be solving the of course we should continue bombing and killing.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  83. TJ

    Have folks in the US not learned anything from the recent missteps and mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan? Blanket military retaliations like air strikes on countries doesn't accomplish anything other than killing thousands of innocent people, devastating these countries' economies and livelihoods, and further providing rhetorical ammunition to those that recruit impressionable and/or desperate youth into extremist groups. There needs to be a systematic re-visioning of US foreign policy that does not center around bombs, guns, occupation, and economic imperialism.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  84. Nina

    Obama seems like Bush jr. Can't come home from golf vacation? I thought he was serious re: fighting terrorism. Why are our troops in Iraq and Afghanastan when al Queda's base and terrorists camps are in Yemen. We should not attempt a unilateral attack-NATO must get involved in and not superficially. If NATO is in the background the US will become more vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Citizens are not being protected by our bumbling "Pink Panther-like." intellegence agencies. Ya bet ya wink

    December 30, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  85. Gary

    Heidi –
    Additional airport security, ethnic profiling, better sensors, lists, etc., are really just treating the symptoms of a problem plaguing the world for centuries.

    Nothing will change until we put our efforts into understanding the problem and solving it.


    December 30, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  86. Kenneth E. Hilliard

    Unfortunately, we as Americans are for ever locked into a confrontation with Al Qaeda...therefore, we must act accordingly....Every oppurtunity we have to attack their forces, must be acted upon...but we must ensure our actions
    are on the targets intended...The entire world is watching us....and they are taking notes..

    Spyder Man II
    Talladega, Al

    December 30, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  87. Philip

    I think we need to rethink how we deal with people who study or travel to failled countries like Yemen. These people need to be put on a no fly list, even if they are U.S. citizens. When one person can blow up a plane with 80 grams of explosives we must adjust our thinking on who can and cannot fly.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  88. Paul Duffy

    Not one word have I heard about the US visa process. No visa no fly. With regard to so called "profiling" I would suggest that if a disproportionate number of middle easterners are involved in terrorist activities then failure to "profile" that ethnic group would be negligent at best. When will the news media have the guts to simply report the basic facts asso./w radical Islam (emphasis on radical) instead of tiptoeing around this profoundly important issue.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  89. Tony S - Charlotte,NC

    Are we going to use drones to bomb Britain where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was radicalized? Of course not. It would be just as stupid to bomb Yemen. How long is it going to take for us to realize that we can not win the unconventional war being waged against us with conventional means. For all the smart people we have in our government, their collective decison making and behavior is that of a moron!!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  90. Doug

    To Thomas Dickson.
    Wow, that was thought provoking religious profiling. You make a strong point. Good job!

    December 30, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  91. Stephen Whitney-Wise

    There is a larger issue underlying terrorism and political anger in general. Since the end of World War 2 cultural shifts around the world have created many changes. The role of women in society, individual freedoms, electrification of isolated villages, free flow of competing philosophies, technological revolutions, etc. have all threatened the status quo from politics to religious thought. You cannot bomb a thought, only the thinker. The thought will live on. We need to offer better and more hopeful thinking to combat the negativity and fear in our world. Fear breeds anger and anger breeds terror.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  92. Randy Summers

    The U.S. response should ask responsible parties to resign (or be fired) for the security screw-up that almost resulted in 300 deaths. The person on the top of the list should be the Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  93. Stephen Wausau, WI

    The US has the capability to bomb Yemen back to the stone age if we want to. Selective manned fighter/bomber strikes along with many predator missions is the solution today.

    The President has a window to catch the bad guys and "eliminate them or at least hurt them badly" once and for all in Yemen. This window of opportunity will be closing rapidly.

    Lets not do a Clinton – send a couple of cruise missiles over and then declare victory.

    Mr. President – hurt them big time – we, the American people, demand it. Make the pain lasting to Al Qaeda in Yemen. It will radiate up their global chain of command as well.

    Stephen, Merrill, WI proudly retired from military Intelligence community.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  94. Nina

    Obama should have come home form hi golf vacation to address this serious breach of security. He is the Commander-in-cheif and is reponsible to demand intelligence coordination. Heads must roll, we need to make homeland security a priority. Military action, I think increases radicalism. Yemen is a threat, we must evaluate the border countries, require the Saudi's to cooperate and formulate a plan that reduces the poverty in this region. Let's be seen as the good guys.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:57 am |

    not all of us goyim are believing your fake AL-QUIDA ,JEWISH anti'muslim proaganda anymore.
    YEMEN is just another pc. of the puzzle for the terrorist state of
    ISRAEL ,how convenient.
    i do not support zionist terrorism comitted against innocent people for the cause of one rogue state.
    of course our puppedent will do as israel tells him in responce to this latest false flag.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  96. Amos Annan

    One big firecracker and the whole world panics.

    If the airline security had followed normal proceedures, this would have been avoided.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  97. Amos Annan

    Crazy people are asking the U.S. to bomb Yemen!

    A couple hundred Al-Queda and they think bombing the whole country will work.

    Demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the world.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  98. Lance Gayhart

    Air strikes, etc. won't serve any purpose but to fuel the determination of terrorists. If we took all the money being wasted in this never-ending war on terror abroad, and invested it in protecting our infrastructure, borders, and transportation here at home, we could then ratchet down the rhetoric between the west and the extremists. Only then can we progress towards peace in the future.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  99. Bill

    Response? How about we stop killing civilians. There was a cruise missle strike in Yemen killing civlians and there were children among them and we are mad at them. Are you insane? It might be a lie it might not, but their word is as good as ours. If they were lieing it wouldn't be anything we have never done to support a war. When is the last time our governments been truthful about anything?

    The problems over there are out of hand. Where I am sitting this is Israels fault, because of their inability to get along with people. Why don't you start doing your job and asking Israel why they are forcing people out of their homes? I don't care what happened to their people a long time ago it does not give them the right.

    Also I am tired of the vague words that we use to describe people. Words like evil and extremists. What is evil? Do you know? What is extreme? My favorite is when it is combined with a religion like jihad extremists or Muslim extremists. What does that make us then Christian extremists or United extremists. I like that one, The United Extremists of America.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  100. delia

    I totally agree that the media should stop revealing whatever strategy the US would be using to counter these terrorists.
    It is an issue that requires intelligent reasoning in order to decide the best approach.
    While analysis is a good exercise, disclosure of how the enemy is going to be defeated is not a good idea.
    It is up to the Obama administration to weigh all the pros and cons then take action as deemed necessary, but laying out their strategy for the whole world is definitely not an option.

    December 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  101. Lesa in DE

    What I dont understand is why airports arent using more bomb sniffing police dogs at airport security. These dogs can sniff explosives in small amounts . Its seems like a fast simple answer. Costs less than paying for someone to invent new technology.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  102. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I don't understand CNN and why they do not defend their coverage about attacking Yemen? Yemen is full of extremists, tribes and rebels all who want to topple the Yemeni government and if they succeed al Qaeda and other extremist groups will have another safe haven where they can train and plan for attacks against the western world! President Obama should tell all extremists that we will attack them where ever they are and begin in Yemen were the state is under fire from all extremists and need our help NOW!

    December 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  103. Sue Jenkins

    I can't wait to hear about the reaction of the airline flight attendents when people with diarrhea and vomiting are not allowed to go to the restrooms. Won't that be fun?

    December 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  104. Angie

    Yet 2 of the masterminds behind the Christmas attack were released from Guantanimo in 2007, by the Republican Administration Bush and Cheney and both of the released criminials were Saudi Not Yemenan.
    And in 2007 Bush and Cheney both stated infront of the News Cameras that none of the Guantanimo detanees whom they released were criminals.
    Sounds like Bush and Cheney did put Americans in Danger.
    Just how many more did Bush and Cheney released in 2007 who really are terrorists?
    Plus Republican Senators have been preventing a Democrat appointed by Obama to head the Security. And they are doing it on purpose so an incident like this one which could prove to be deadly would happen just so the Republicans can win in 2012. In other words Republicans are playing Russian Roulette with American Lives for their own Political Agenda.
    This is more than a Security problem. This is the Poor Decisions and Bad Policies of the past Republican administration still heaving havoc on Americans today. This is also the Republican Party putting American lives in danger for Personal Gain. Obama 2012 – 2nd term

    December 30, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  105. Charles

    Angie...GIVE ME A BREAK!!! I guess Bush and Cheney is responsible for "Climate Change" as well...

    They have beeen out of office for a year...It was a CIA/State issue not a TSA issue...UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    December 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  106. Candy Gutierrez

    I think that we should be very aggressive against this type of thing, or it will keep happening. Let's stop hiding our heads in the sand, pretending it will go away if we are "nice" about it.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  107. Jamie Pelfrey

    December 31st, 2009 11:55 am

    In November I was flying out of ABQ, NM. I was amazed at the security while there. It was the first time I had ever had a full-body scan in an Airport. However, while waiting over an hour for my flight, in the chair next to me were all the boarding passes for the previous flights leaving from my terminal. I was so shocked that I took a picture of those boarding passes sitting there. If we are so concerned with Airport Security why would we leave the personal information of 100's of travelers sitting there for everyone to see? Even with the full-body scan, such carelessness demonstrates that there is no SINGLE fix.

    December 31, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  108. Larry Shay

    Was there a breakdown in our security procedures ? Maybe and maybe not. We will probably never know if there was enough evidence to elevate Abdulmutallab from the Watch List to the No Fly List. However, a major breakdown did occur. WHO SOLD THE AIRLINE TICKET to someone who was traveling one way, who paid in cash, who had no passport and who had no baggage ? That should have been enough red flags no matter who the passenger was. The breakdown was the ticket seller.

    January 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  109. Lorraine Merkel

    Christmas Bomer: Taxpayers pay billions of dollars for intelligence and national security and these people still don't talk to eachother. If it is too much for them to keep track of . . . .then don't allow ANYONE on a "watch list" or "no fly list" get on a plane. Too bad if feelings get hurt. Why should be continue to be so considerate to people who want to blow us up??? . . . Maybe we need to stop ALL Muslim entry into our country since they are using American Freedom to blow Americans up! . . . .Terrorist won on Christmas day . . . .millions and millions of peacful travelers lost more freedom . . .including the "luxory" of a simple blanket for warmth.--lorraine in Tucson

    January 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm |