There’s been a lot of discussion here at Wizbang and across the country about the Obama administration decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a federal court. If you haven’t seen it, here is a video of Lindsey Graham taking Holder to task for the decision.
I’m no fan of Graham but in this video he shows a knowledge of history and the damage being done to it. Holder shows himself to be nervous and unprepared to attend the hearing let alone make critical executive decisions. Ann Althouse is spot on in her analysis.
Holder imagines that he can hide inside that “thoughtful” routine that Obama so often relies on, but it is utterly pathetic here. Either he knows damned well what he’s doing and he’s lying or he’s outrageously unqualified for his job. His evasive style is so similar to Obama’s that he makes Obama look worse.
That is really the crux of this matter. Either of the possibilities suggested are both frightening and disheartening at the same time.
Is Holder really that unqualified for his job? While there have be numerous comments made about the lack of experience and preparedness of the Obama administration, I find it hard to believe Holder is this amateurish.
Which unfortunately leaves the second option. That, as Jay Tea suggested earlier, the administration plans to use the trial to go after Bush, Cheney, and the evil-Republicans-that-torture. Perhaps they were still counting on a public environment where such a tactic would be cheered. What Holder was truly unprepared for was anyone questioning the decision in the first place.
Regardless, how sad is it that the only confusion is whether he is staggeringly bad at his actual job or staggeringly bad at hiding the fact that he is eschewing the important responsibilities of his job for political gain?