A couple of days ago, I wrote about the double standard that seems to exist for Republicans when it comes to critiquing homeland security.
Now, more evidence that seems to be the case..
The New York Times — two weeks before it’s actually supposed to appear in print — has posted an article by Peter Baker on President Obama’s antiterrorism efforts that demonstrates the hypocrisy.
“A half-dozen former senior Bush officials involved in counterterrorism told me before the Christmas Day incident that for the most part, they were comfortable with Obama’s policies, although they were reluctant to say so on the record,” Baker writes. “Some worried they would draw the ire of Cheney’s circle if they did, while others calculated that calling attention to the similarities to Bush would only make it harder for Obama to stay the course. And they generally resent Obama’s anti-Bush rhetoric and are unwilling to give him political cover by defending him.”
This, despite the fact that Baker quotes President Bush’s last CIA Director, Michael Hayden, saying “there is a continuum from the Bush administration, particularly as it changed in the second administration as circumstances changed, and the Obama administration” and a homeland security expert at the not exactly fans of Democrats Heritage Foundation, James Jay Carafano, as saying “I don’t think it’s even fair to call it Bush Lite. It’s Bush. It’s really, really hard to find a difference that’s meaningful and not atmospheric. You see a lot of straining on things trying to make things look repackaged, but they’re really not that different.”
It’s important to keep this in mind because the country still doesn’t have a permanent director of the much beleaguered Transportation Security Administration in no small part because of South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who has a hold on the nomination of Erroll Southers to fill the post.
Over the weekend, DeMint went as far as to say that President Obama “is not focused on building the security and intelligence apparatus of our county.”
In other words, DeMint won’t allow the President to fill a critical security position but wants to criticize him for not being focused on building the security apparatus?
Meanwhile, the two top Senators on the Homeland Security Committe, reiterated their confidence in Southers to hold the job.
While the Washington Post reported last week that, Southers had not been fully forthcoming in Congressional testimony about an incident 20 years ago, when as an FBI agent, Southers improperly (read illegally) accessed information about his ex-wife’s new boyfriend, Collins, Republican of Maine, said the information wasn’t new and added Southers “is qualified to lead the TSA during this challenging time for the agency.”