And you can't blame her for telling CNN political correspondent Candy Crowley it would be "inappropriate to speculate as to whether" Abdulmutallab had ties to al-Qaida. Remember that after Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, some pundits were happy to blame not Islamic extremism but war-related post-traumatic stress disorder -- even though Hasan had never served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
When Bush was in office, we hammered him on his failure to grant U.S. civil liberties to foreign terrorists. Now we're stuck with our 2004 and 2008 campaign rhetoric. You see, the system does work. Until it doesn't.