In response to the attempted Christmas Day attack, the White House is conducting a furious investigation, according to a source at the American Spectator:
On December 26, two days after Nigerian Omar Abdulmutallab allegedly attempted to use underwear packed with plastic explosives to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight he was on, and as it became clear internally that the Administration had suffered perhaps its most embarrassing failure in the area of national security, senior Obama White House aides, including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and new White House counsel Robert Bauer, ordered staff to begin researching similar breakdowns — if any — from the Bush Administration.
“The idea was that we’d show that the Bush Administration had had far worse missteps than we ever could,” says a staffer in the counsel’s office. “We were told that classified material involving anything related to al Qaeda operating in Yemen or Nigeria was fair game and that we’d declassify it if necessary.”
Which, wow. If it’s true.
Unsourced allegations reported by an anonymous blogger not being entirely at the “Deep Throat” level of confidence, so I’ll just wait for the Washington Post to put a crack team on this.
Meanwhile, it took until the very last day of 2009, but the White House’s own blog has now given us a contender for most unintentionally ironic headline. Ever. The Same Old Washington Blame Game