Posted by Wordsmith on 1 January, 2010 at 12:21 pm. 5 comments already!


While the Bush Administration allowed its critics to run roughshod over them, distorting and defining their record, the Obama Administration does not take its lumps in the media very well. Instead of facing the criticism head-on, they try to shut out and marginalize a legitimate news organization. And now that a terror plot successfully got past screening, only failing to kill hundreds due to luck and the terrorist’s own failings, how does the Obama administration take its lumps? By digging around for ways in which to show the Bush administration was even more negligent and derelict in duty than they are:

From The Prowler at American Spectator (h/t Anchoress) comes this steaming pile… (red text emphasis mine). And if it doesn’t infuriate you like it has me, then you must love this POS.

The Politics of Incompetence

By The Prowler on 12.31.09 @ 6:10AM

On December 26, two days after Nigerian Omar Abdulmutallab allegedly attempted to use underwear packed with plastic explosives to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight he was on, and as it became clear internally that the Administration had suffered perhaps its most embarrassing failure in the area of national security, senior Obama White House aides, including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and new White House counsel Robert Bauer, ordered staff to begin researching similar breakdowns — if any — from the Bush Administration.

“The idea was that we’d show that the Bush Administration had had far worse missteps than we ever could,” says a staffer in the counsel’s office. “We were told that classified material involving anything related to al Qaeda operating in Yemen or Nigeria was fair game and that we’d declassify it if necessary.”

The White House, according to the source, is in full defensive spin mode. Other administration sources also say a flurry of memos were generated on December 26th, 27th, and 28th, which developed talking points about how Obama’s decision to effectively shut down the Homeland Security Council (it was merged earlier this year into the National Security Council, run by National Security Adviser James Jones) had nothing to do with what Obama called a “catastrophic” failure on Christmas Day.

“This White House doesn’t view the Northwest [Airlines] failure as one of national security, it’s a political issue,” says the White House source. “That’s why Axelrod and Emanuel are driving the issue.”

Yup….changing the tone of partisanship, the divisive rhetoric, and bringing a new kind of politics to Washington.

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