While the press is busily working on the “It’s Bush’s fault for ticking him off” meme, the White House - while not busy “keeping their foot on BP’s throat” (remind me: why is it that the Right is always portrayed as "jack-booted thugs?”) - is blaming Emirates Airlines for almost letting the Times Square bomber out of the country, we have an alternate opinion from former 9/11 Commission vice chair and Democratic congressman Lee Hamilton:
Hamilton reminds ABC News that “the 9/11 commission recommended that you had to have biometric evidence, documentarian evidence of people coming in and exiting” the country. “We’ve done a pretty good job on the first part of it people entering the country. But with regard to those exiting the country we simply have not been able to set up a system to deal with that and it showed in this case.
The most interesting thing here is that Hamilton thinks we’ve done a good job of getting biometric and documentarian evidence of people entering the country. Really? I guess that would be except for the 20-plus million people who have crossed our southern border illegally, and are therefore unknown to anyone in Homeland Security.
I hope terrorists never think of flying into Mexico City, instead of JFK.