Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Blinding Flash of the Obvious

The Washington Post editorial today excoriates the Obama administration for bungling the interrogation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. (Via HotAir) The money phrase
This was myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

The editorial goes on,
We originally supported the administration’s decision in the Abdulmutallab case, assuming that it had been made after due consideration. But the decision to try Mr. Abdulmutallab turns out to have resulted not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model.

Assuming the decision had been made after due consideration? In other words, we think they're good guys, so we gave them a pass and didn't ask to explain how they considered the decision. Nice work there, big, rich newspaper in Washington DC.

It looks like it is worse than I thought back when he was charged. This was not a thought out policy, agreed at the highest levels. They were basically winging it.

And the press wasn't interested in asking why.

Good grief.

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