Yesterday, Andrew Sullivan served once more as low level public relations officer for the administration when he pretends to buy the White House spin that Obama has heroically spoken out about the underwear bomber in a way that shows how much he means business and marks him once again as the “un Bush.”
After seeing Janet Napolitano and Robert Gibbs shot down for proposing a craven first draft of the attempted Christmas bombing on Northwest Airlines as a reassuring example of how well “the system works,” the President, several days later, tried to get his groove back by admitting that there was “sufficient information to have uncovered this plot and potentially disrupt” it. His more unbuttoned and manly real sentiments (know fear, Osama), strategically leaked to the mainstream press, were even more downright:
“This was a screw up that could have been disastrous. We dodged a bullet but just barely. It was averted by brave individuals, not because the system worked, and that is not acceptable.”
If their fecklessly inutile efforts to spin this potentially catastrophic event as a success for the system were truly part of a dangerously unacceptable view of things, rather than a trial balloon for Obama’s congenital quietism, Napolitano and Gibbs should be fired, according to the President’s own reasoning. But this will never happen, of course, since they were actually functioning as Obama’s own vanguard of lies.
Every day makes it plainer that this administration regards terrorism as the evil that dare not speak its name, and is only comfortable dealing with it reluctantly and after the fact. In this—and here Sullivan and his fellow toadies to Obama are right–it truly is un Bush. As the early warnings of a possible terror calamity continue to multiply, each one of them saluted with a grudging minimalism from the White House, the last President, for all his fumblings, looks better and better. He tried not only to stay in the game but get ahead of it. And in this regard, he was the un Obama.