In a USA Today op-ed this week, assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser John Brennan wrote that "politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda." He's referring to the bipartisan criticism of the administration's decision to Mirandize the Christmas Day bomber rather than detain Abdulmutallab as an enemy combatant. Accusing your opponents of helping al Qaeda is not the best way to resolve an argument! Yesterday, Alabama senator Jeff Sessions took to the Senate floor to rebut Brennan's arguments. Roll tape:
It's a useful reminder that the Obama White House is under fire on many fronts: from the economy, to health care, to counterterrorism. Public opinion also backs the critics who say Abdulmutallab should be tried as an enemy combatant -- this is why the White House has been desperately spinning its wrong-headed decision.
Today the White House is telling the press that the president will "insert himself" in the decision regarding where 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohamed will be tried. Perhaps Obama is finally regretting his decision to outsource counter-terrorism policy to Eric Holder, just as he outsourced the stimulus, health care, and cap-and-trade to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? Whatever the case, the guy sure could use some more energy in the executive. Maybe he should try Red Bull.