Friday, January 8, 2010

More Passing the Buck



"[Y]ou can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few sick, perverted individuals. For, if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? ... Isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do what you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America! Gentlemen!"

Otter
Animal House

I can't help it. Every time someone in the Obama administration opens his/her mouth to rationalize the attempted Christmas Day bombing, in my mind's eye, I see Otter in "Animal House."

First we were told by Janet Napolitano that "the system worked."

But that didn't work.

So the blame has been shifted to everyone else. Now it is the State Department, which apparently failed to confirm that the bomber had a visa.

Therefore, the State Department did not "connect the dots." But was that really its fault? Didn't several agencies fail to do so? And didn't all these agencies fail to communicate with each other?

Isn't this an indictment of our entire American society?

2 comments:

krugmancritic said...

I never noticed before, but isn't that the Tennessee flag behind the desk??? Wasn't this move supposedly Dartmouth?

David said...

It does look like the Tennessee flag.

As I understand it, Dartmouth was the inspiration because one of the writers was in a fraternity there. The college in the movie was fictional.