HEADS I WIN, TAILS YOU LOSE…. When it comes to the Abdulmuttalab case, Republicans have been outraged. They argued, without getting their facts straight, that Obama administration officials failed to properly interrogate the attempted terrorist, read him his rights too quickly, and failed to acquire valuable intelligence.
Republicans, we now know, were completely wrong. Indeed, to set the record straight and prove how demonstrably ridiculous the GOP claims have been, the Obama administration provided ample evidence yesterday that Abdulmuttalab has been interrogated and has also provided valuable, actionable information.
And wouldn’t you know it, Republicans have now adapted their complaints to whine about the administration correcting bogus GOP claims.
In a hearing with Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence questioned the timing of the disclosure and accused the White House of “political cover.”
“I do find it an interesting strategy that we hastily call a briefing to let America and our friends and our enemies in the Middle East know that he’s now singing like a canary,” said Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
“I can’t think of a reason why that would happen other than political cover,” charged Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.
Let me get this straight. Congressional Republicans (1) complain about something that isn’t true; and (2) complain again when confronted with evidence of their mistake.
There should be some kind of rule or something: the liar doesn’t get to whine after having been exposed as a liar.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton was asked yesterday about the release of Abdulmuttalab information, and told reporters that officials wanted to let the public “know that we’re doing everything possible to keep the American people safe.”
As for the GOP’s bizarre rhetoric, Burton added, “[B]efore, there was criticism from Republicans that what we were doing wasn’t working. Now that people find out that what we’re doing is working, they’re criticizing the fact that we’re saying that what’s working is working.”
Our discourse sure is frustrating sometimes.