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Eric Holder’s Two Standards

Also in the Post today, Kyle Smith nails Eric Holder in a column on the BP spill:

Nevertheless, to make the boss look like he’s in charge, his administration keeps threatening BP with thuggish language (“We will keep our boot on their neck”) and made public a criminal probe — something the Justice Department doesn’t normally do until it actually files charges.

“If we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be extremely forceful in our response,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Tough guy. But look at his mild comments about the Times Square bomber on “Meet the Press,” where Holder never expressed even the mildest rebuke of the terrorist: “Well, you know, the evidence develops, and I think we have to always try to be careful to make sure that the statements that we make are consistent with the evidence that we have developed,” he said, adding that his people were going “to try to understand what is it that took him over the edge and that converted him from being a person who seemingly was an average American to somebody who was bound and determined to kill Americans.”

So when it comes to terrorists, understanding is the main goal. With corporations, it’s punishment.

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