CIA accuses Obama of double standard in Flight 253 bombing
The CIA, cited by President Barack Obama as being "tested as never before" has accused him of holding a double-standard regarding the Intelligence agency. See also this Now Public story by snuffysmith.
On Thursday, Obama had strongly declared "systemic failures" within the CIA and other agencies, as the cause of the failures that led to the abortive Christmas Day underwear bombing aboard Flight 253 from Denmark.
It is clear, however, that the President feels pushed to make such a statement by GOP pundits, intent on making much of the security issue in an attempt to make the party in power seem weak. It took President George W Bush nearly a week to respond to the case of the 2001 attempted "shoe incendiary device", an anecdote told by MSNBC's Chuck Todd.
The CIA has also been blindsided by the revelation that the suicide bomber who killed 6 special agents last Wednesday was an informant within the agency.
Why the double standard? Here's one explanation: Democrats back in 2001, then out of power, chose not make it an issue the way that Republicans have now.
Indeed, looking back at 20th century -- the GOP charges after the Yalta conference, Nixon and the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the accusations that Democrats "lost" China, Joe McCarthy -- historians note that Republicans have been much more willing than their Democratic counterparts to play the national security card to score political points, especially when out of power.
"It has worked very well for them," presidential historian Robert Dallek tells First Read. "It is a talking point that has helped them win elections and hold off the Democrats… There is a long history going back here."
To be sure, Democrats have participated in demagoguery, too. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused Republicans of politicizing national security for placing a hold on Obama's pick to head the Transportation Security Administration. And Democrats have demagogued domestic programs like Social Security and Medicare for partisan advantage.
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