Wake me up when the hostile takeover of stupid is over...
Yesterday Sen. Kit Bond had some severe criticism of Eric Holder, with Bond claiming that Holder was in the process of a hostile takeover of the intelligence community:
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) made a rather surprising claim on MSNBC today, suggesting that the Obama Administration's intelligence on the Pakistani Taliban having been behind the failed Times Square bombing was like the Bush Administration's bogus intel on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Bond also claimed that Attorney General Eric Holder has refused to give Bond's intelligence committee the information it requests, and that Holder "has executed a hostile takeover of the intelligence community."
Bond emerged Tuesday from a briefing arranged by the Justice Department for members of the intelligence panel and said he’s “not convinced by the information I’ve seen so far that there was adequate confirmable intelligence” to make the Pakistani Taliban connection.
The senator’s remarks threatened to restart sniping with Democrats that began following Christmas Day airline bombing attempt. Bond has called for the resignation of Holder and other officials.
One person who was in the room for Tuesday’s intelligence briefing said Bond appeared to fall asleep for 10 to 15 minutes, but that he and other senators had spirited exchanges with the briefers.
In February 2010, Steve Benen had this writeup on Bond's stupidity:
BOND CAN'T HELP HIMSELF.... Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), who is inexplicably the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has proven himself to be embarrassingly incoherent while attacking the White House over national security policy. Every time he goes on television, Bond manages to seem slightly dumber than the appearance before.
This morning, he appeared on Fox News and said he didn't know Abdulmutallab had been Mirandized. As the argument goes, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan notified Bond that the FBI had arrested and begun interrogating the attempted terrorist, but Bond now blames Brennan for the senator's ignorance about what happens when the FBI arrests and interrogates a suspect.
Making matters worse, Bond said he's concerned that the administration "is going back to those pre-9/11 policies which won't keep us safe."
It's hard to overstate how blisteringly stupid this is. In the context of the Abdulmutallab case, the Obama administration is handling the matter the same way Bush/Cheney handled similar cases -- after 9/11. I've seen third-rate right-wing bloggers with a better grasp of the basics than Kit Bond.
Ya know? Being pre-9/11 and all...
(All emph mine in this post but the tiresome stupidity is all Bond's...)