Oh, the fun just never stops. Watching liberal Democrats act all "gotcha!" at the news that Lewis "Scooter" Libby alleges he was authorized by President Bush and Vice President Cheney to disclose intelligence on Iraq in July of 2003, as Libby alleges, it's a hoot.
Let's get a few things straight, nothing suggests or proves that President Bush or Vice President Cheney authorized a "leak" of intelligence, and in particular, there is no such evidence, only partisan slander, that suggests that the identity of Valerie Plame was purposefully leaked for the sake of political gain. What we see occurring now is knee-jerk reaction by a bunch of jerks. These people see catch phrases "Bush" and "leaked" and "intelligence" and they scream "Aha!" It's all fanfare.
What we know as a result of this so-called new information is what we have already known for some time. We know that the White House released declassified portions of an intelligence report in 2003 as part of effort to further justify the War in Iraq. This is not new, nor was it the first time. When we, the American public, were treated to spy satellite captured images of sites in Iraq believed to be chemical weapons productions sites, etc., how do you think we came to see these images? These same images that were shown at the UN, national TV, you think all that was never classified? Of course it was, and it was declassified for the purpose of showing the country and the world that the liberation of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein was legitimate part of the War on Terror.
The sad part of this whole story is that we live in a day and age where a President of the United States would feel the need to declassify any information to justify the War on Terror. Have we gone mad? Why does the War on Terror need justification? It was justified time and time again during the 8 dreadful years of the Clinton Administration; the last straw of course being 9/11. The War On Terror needs no justification.
But the funniest part of this whole thing is the Democrats. They are all acting like they care about information being declassified, or leaked for political purposes... since when? When likelihood it was a liberal Democrat (most likely Senator Rockefeller) leaked the NSA Terrorist Surveillance Program to the New York Times, the Democrats call it "whistleblowing," yet when President Clinton breaks the law and gave the Chinese and North Koreans nuclear technology, hush hush from the Democrats. Move along people, nothing to see here. Yet now the Democrats, in all their glory, lambaste the President of the United State for trying to effectively fight the War on Terror, and now criticize him for allegedly declassifying information so as to prove to all the spineless bleeding-heart liberals that the liberation of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein was a critical front in the war on terror. They must be crazy; there is no other explanation for it. You are a whistleblower if you undermine the war on terror and aide and abet terrorists, but if you even so much as consider trying to defend the United States of America for the "selfish" reason of protecting American lives, CENSURE! IMPEACHMENT! Blow it out your ass, you stupid Democrats. Ironically, had the Bush Administration not declassified some information to help defend the decision to go to war, the discussion today would be "why didn't they declassify information to justify the war." In fact, the Democrats asked for MORE information to be DECLASSIFIED!
Of course, one of the favorite catch phrases by Democrats is that we went into a war that cost hundreds to thousands of American soldiers' lives, and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, blah blah blah. Again, we're supposed to believe that the Democrats give a hoot about the troops? We're supposed to believe that the Democrats give a rat's ass about the Iraqis? They didn't care about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis killed by Saddam Hussein, something that would typically spawn a liberal pushed humanitarian campaign. The Democrats don't care about the US military, and they don't care about Iraqis.
The Democrats have often repeated the charge that the Republicans are liars, and that Bush is an idiot, yet, they believe Libby's allegation that they have exaggerated exponentially to suggest that President was involved in orchestrating the declassification of information for political gain (watch how often Libs try to tie this into Valerie Plame). This allegation, for a Democrat, seems to be giving the President a lot of credit, particularly to someone they consider a yutz.
I, for one, am sick of listening to liberals in the Democratic Party continue to criminalize the War on Terror. The Democrats may think they found the smoking gun, but as this story unfolds you will learn more about the Democrats' plot to destroy America as their effort to criminalize the war on terror (not terror itself), comes to the fore.