The thing about OpenSSL et al is that everyone who used it had exactly the same opportunity to review the code and make a decision about its use.
What actually happened was that, for the most part, was that it was just used blindly as its the case with most cryptographic systems and API's.
Whatever the motivators for the OpenSSL group were, whatever the decisions that were made or not made, the simple fact of caveat emptor still applies.
Its good that LibreSSL is getting created, and thanks..
Seriously though, stop bashing the OpenSSL project, it is just as much the product of its community as its developers.