From what I understand, Treasury is politically tone-deaf on this. They didn't think they even had to talk to anybody about this.

They [Dubai] didn't take me up on it, so as far as I'm concerned, the train has left the station.

As I understand it, they take ownership, but they're not going to have any input whatsoever.

There are conditions, which shows they had concerns, but it's all procedural and relies entirely on good faith. There's nothing those conditions ... nothing that assures us they're not hiring someone with bin Laden.

What he has going for him is that there is no political alternative or coherent opposition. The Democrats are all over the place on the war.