Cenk Uygur breaks down Karl Rove's hypocrisy and double talk on the Christmas day underwear bomber and the response or lack of by the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter.
In recent days, attention has been turning toward Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), in the failed Christmas Day bombing. Politico’s Laura Rozen wrote that it appears that “knives [are] out” for Leiter. On Tuesday, former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove also jumped on the NCTC during an appearance on Fox News, saying that the agency was “where the problem probably occurred.
It was surprising that Rove pointed the finger at the NCTC, since Leiter served with him in the Bush administration. Leiter became NCTC director in 2007, and then was retained by the Obama administration. But maybe Rove forgot these details and remembered them only after his Fox News appearance, because today during another Fox interview, he tried to shift blame away from the NCTC.
In both interviews, Rove insisted that the real problem was with the Obama administration, who decided to “treat the Christmas Day bomber as a criminal defendant” (just like the Bush administration did with the shoe bomber).
As Cenk pointed out, you can blame Bush for hiring him, Obama for keeping him, and Rove for being willing to lie whenever it's convienent to cover the Bush administration's ass and change course just as quickly if it looks like he's busted for talking out of both sides of his mouth. I just assume that's the norm any time Rove talks about anything. Take it with a grain of salt and assume most of what he spews is lies.