ABC News:”First of all, London,” Sawyer said. “How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here? … Director [of National Intelligence] Clapper?”

“London?” James Clapper said, before Brennan entered the conversation explaining the arrests.

Later in the interview, Sawyer returned to the subject.

“I was a little surprised you didn’t know about London,” Sawyer told Clapper.

“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t,” he replied.

Another indication of how disconnected and chaotic the Obama administration really is when it comes to the security of this nation (and all else for that matter). There is no reason in any scenario for our US Director of National Intelligence to not know of major terrorist arrests in London. After all, everyone else knew–reports had been everywhere starting in the morning. Everyone else at the table knew as well, including Diane Sawyer. Why didn’t Clapper?

Watch the video here.

This reveals a degree of chaos that we could not have imagined, and moves us into the bizarre. There is no logical or reasoned way to explain this. Obama has created an environment where even those who were presumably competent have been swallowed by the self-declared Theatre of the Absurd inside the White House.

Everyone claims Obama is the Come-Back Kid because Republicans have once again, inexplicably, grabbed their ankles during this illegitimate lame duck session. The ridiculousness of Obama ‘coming back’ is made apparent when the most important aspect of the Federal government’s responsibility–national security–is arguably non-existent.

Clapper was confirmed unanimously by the Senate just this past August. He succeeded Dennis Blair. But make no mistake, while this is awful for Clapper, this speaks more about Obama than anyone else. To say this is shocking is an understatement.

DNI Clapper Looks Stumped by ABC’s Sawyer

Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, is the person charged with coordinating what the nation knows about terrorism and national security.

But Mr. Clapper appeared to know less than even the casual television viewer during an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, the anchor of World News Tonight.

Hours earlier, reports flooded cable news shows about arrests of 12 people in London suspected of being part of a potential terrorist plot. In the interview, Ms. Sawyer turned to Mr. Clapper and made an indirect reference to the still-developing incident.

“First of all, London,” she said. “How serious is it? Any implication that it was coming here? Director Clapper?”

The look on Mr. Clapper’s face, and his temporary silence, suggested that he had no idea what she was talking about. He hesitated before saying, “London?”

After a moment or two, he was saved by John Brennan, the White House homeland security adviser, who was also part of the interview, along with Janet Napolitano, the secretary of the department of homeland security. Mr. Brennan explained that Ms. Sawyer was referring to the London arrests.

A few minutes later, Ms. Sawyer returned to Mr. Clapper. “I was a little surprised you didn’t know about London,” she said.

“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t,” he said, shaking his head.

A spokesperson for Mr. Clapper said in a statement Tuesday night that, “the question about this specific news development was ambiguous. The DNI’s knowledge of the threat streams in Europe is profound and multi-dimensional, and any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate.”

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  2. ConservativePup says:

    A spokesperson for Mr. Clapper said in a statement Tuesday night that, “the question about this specific news development was ambiguous. The DNI’s knowledge of the threat streams in Europe is profound and multi-dimensional, and any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate.”

    Umm, yea, OK. Sure it is. Whatever you say lil’ buddy.

  3. trevy says:

    Has anyone told him yet that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor?

  4. echosierra says:

    Well, of course he wasn’t prepared. She should have asked him about clamping down on all those pesky American guns going South of the Border to the drug lords because that’s the talking point the MSM has been pushing for weeks. Nevermind that really controlling the border would cut down on any illicit trafficking North or South.

  5. ConservativePup says:

    They are just too focused on all the ‘domestic terrorism’ by us dang right-winger fanatics. After all, that’s where the real danger lies for them.

  6. thierry says:

    let’s not be judgmental- he probably just doesn’t know where London is.

    my grandmother at least knows the capital of England but is dead- i bet the senate would confirm her too if urkel wanted it even though *itch mcconnell is now standing tall with the machinations to confound and bewilder the democrats with his devious stratergery.

    and urkel hates england- so who cares! they probably were hoping that the bomb took out that bust of churchill they sent back or at the very least some white imperialist oppressors and maybe some fat kids- because the chubby ARE the real threat. fat is terrorism. islam is peace and fluffy cute bunnies eating salad.

  7. thierry says:

    we are watching Newspeak and in fact Newthink being created thus a bombing by those who murder for islam has to be made a nonevent, as unrecognized and unrecalled as a fly that buzzed by you one day last summer . we’re still working on “Terrorism is Peace” which started as “Islam is Peace”.

    and now Homeland Security is going to be more active in enforcing Green Laws because global warming is the terrorism. fat kids are terrorism. everything except terrorism is terrorism. they are attempting to erase the meaning of crime as long as its done for a state approved purpose.

    “By 2050—earlier, probably—all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron—they’ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually contradictory of what they used to be. Even the literature of the Party will change. Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like ‘freedom is slavery’ when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”- george orwell, 1984

    how much ground they have already gained.

  8. radargeek says:

    Well, if the misunderstood young rock-god worshipers murder tens of thousands of Americans; well just try to get in touch with their feelings and improve their self-esteem.

  9. LJZumpano says:

    no comment. It speaks for itself.

  10. hsgripper says:

    DNI – Don’t No Inithing.

  11. Maynard says:

    So why do they call it “intelligence”?

  12. franknitti says:

    This senile old clown looks like he just got out of a nursing home where he’s being treated for senile dementia. Maybe that’s it. The entire Urkel Administration is suffering from senile dementia.

  13. Teri says:

    This administration is one big tangled up rats-nest.

    • Tammy says:

      That’s a good one and very descriptive.

    • thierry says:

      “Rat kings are phenomena said to arise when a number of rats become intertwined at their tails, which become stuck together with blood, dirt, ice, excrement or simply knotted. The animals reputedly grow together while joined at the tails. The numbers of rats that are joined together can vary, but naturally rat kings formed from a larger number of rats are rarer. The phenomenon is particularly associated with Germany, where the majority of instances have been reported. Historically, there are various superstitions surrounding rat kings, and they were often seen as an extremely bad omen, particularly associated with plagues.”

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