Re: it is appropriate, practical, or within our mission to examine specific government projects
He should have just quoted Tom Lehrer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEJ9HrZq7Ro):
Don't say that he's hypocritical
Say rather that he's apolitical
"Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?
That's not my department" say Wernher von Braun