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Bush "failure to connect the dots" vs Obama "no smoking gun"

It’s amazing how often we see the good old double standard raising its head. The latest example – some intelligence czar or something of Obama’s says:

There is no smoking gun,” [White House aide John] Brennan said. “There was no single piece of intelligence that said, ‘this guy is going to get on a plane.’

Wow.

Compare this to how often we heard that Bush failed to “connect the dots” and prevent 9/11 while he was saddled with the Clinton/Gorelick “wall” that was put in place to make it impossible to connect any such dots.

Brennan must have suffered an injury doing all the twisting and tap-dancing that he was doing here.

Brennan cited “a number of streams of information”—the 23-year-old suspect’s name was known to intelligence officials, his father had passed along his concern about the son’s increasing radicalization—and “little snippets” from intelligence channels. “But there was nothing that brought it all together.”

“In this one instance, the system didn’t work. There were some human errors. There were some lapses. We need to strengthen it. But day in and day out, the successes are there.”

“What we need to do as an intelligence community, as a government, is be able to bring those disparate bits and pieces of information together so we prevent Mr. Abdulmutallab from getting on the plane.”

Brennan didn’t say whether anyone is in line to be fired because of the oversights. He stood by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, although he acknowledged she has “taken some hits” for saying that the airline security system had worked. It didn’t, and she clarified her remarks to show she meant that the system worked only after the attack was foiled, Brennan said.

He said the situation was not like before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when intelligence agencies failed to share tips and information that might have uncovered the plot.

He said there “were no turf battles” between agencies. “There’s no evidence whatsoever that any agency or department was reluctant to share” information.

How else can you sum this up other than to say that Obama failed to connect the dots?

BTW this is the guy who is going to head up Obama’s “thorough” investigation into what went wrong. I guess it will save time if he already knows that there were no turf battles and no smoking gun. I mean really – is there anything left to investigate?