Friday, January 8, 2010

Without A Subpoena

After listening to the press conference yesterday about the government’s response to the undie bomber, it occurred to me that the Obama administration was flooding the media with a great deal of information and insight into what happened, what they knew, and why things went wrong, even down to the point of saying that because of a typo, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s visa was not revoked. This kind of candid release of information that could be politically damaging was unheard of during the Bush administration. Not only that, the same talking heads that are carrying on about President Obama not coming out and laying it all out sooner — and chanting “terrorism” — are the same people who defended Mr. Bush’s policy of reticence by saying that any release of information about our methods — and our failures — would only embolden the terrorists.

As TPM reader JY said, “Could you imagine Bush offering up this kind of report to the public without a subpoena?”