Thursday, December 31, 2009

White House plays Flight 253 blame game

The Prowler reports at the American Spectator:
[A]s 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." . . .
Read the whole thing. Disgusting.

UPDATE: "White House to Critics: Stop Blaming Us While We Look For a Way To Blame Bush."


  1. It is disgusting. They don't have a leg to stand on security-wise, which is why it's no surprise to me that Axelrod is involved. It's all about spinning a message. Forget the fact that Americans need teeth right now in our security policies - it's all about the "O."

    DeMint has it right. How hard is it to say "terrorist?" C'mon, A-Rod. I'm sure you can teach Dear Leader how to say it without the use of a teleprompter.

  2. Oh God...Major Fail for all who decided to chirp in on this one.
    Mary Rose, really???
    Understanding that you are just another misinformed Conservative dingbat, why don't you and your ilk just take a second to see what the Right Wing criticism is and then think for a second( or two) about the shameless hypocricy of these same critics during GW's presidency.
    They want to slam BO for waiting 72 hours to issue a statement while GW waited a full 6 days to make a statement following the failed attempt by the shoe bomber. Make sense much?
    I know, I guys are desperately trying to make political hay of a failed terrorist attempt.Let's see how well that plays out for you guys.
    BTW, Google "Dear Leader's" speeches and see for yourself how often he mentions the word you guys seem to love so much: TERROR.
    Boy, I can see 2010 is gonna be another lame year for Conservatism.
    Good luck dumbasses!!!

  3. @Y4E,
    "Good luck..."

    Someday, perhaps you can offer a theology of how you think the 'luck' thing works.