Friday, January 22, 2010

Failing memory and poor reasoning skills should send Cornyn and Hutchison into retirement

Senator John Cornyn sent out an email today proudly stating the following “I have voiced my criticism of the intelligence failures that allowed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board that aircraft, as well as the Obama Administration’s decision to treat this al Qaeda terrorist as a common criminal.” Perhaps the Senator has forgotten that his good friend former President Bush’s administration did exactly the same thing to Richard Reid, the shoe bomber and went on to convict him.

The Senator continues “The decision to hand Miranda rights to Abdulmutallab rather than interrogate him as an enemy combatant may have cost this nation critical intelligence necessary to prevent future terrorist attacks.” Again perhaps Senator Cornyn has forgotten the actionable intelligence our legal and ethical interrogation was able to extract from Mr. Reid.

Finally Cornyn says “I, along with Senator Hutchison, have written to President Obama urging him to reconsider the decision to try the Christmas Day Bomber in civilian court. Abdulmutallab should be designated as an enemy combatant, transferred to U.S. military custody, and interrogated using all lawful methods.” If all the military is going to do is use lawful interrogation methods then why is Senator Cornyn so interested in having Mr. Abdulmutallab in their custody? After all the F.B.I. most certainly has far more experience in interrogation than the military does.

I find that I must question Senator Cornyn’s memory and reasoning in this matter and since Senator Hutchison our would-be Governor apparently agrees with him then I must question her reasoning skills and memory as well. Given that neither of them can reason well nor apparently remember an important national security event which occurred on their watch with any clarity I believe that neither of them is qualified for the offices they hold nor the governorship Senator Hutchison seeks.

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