Monday, April 10, 2006

Technically speaking

The bigger blogs will do a much better job at this than I can.

President Bush admitted today that he declassified Iraqi intelligence as per Scooter Libby's testimony. He claims that he has the authority to do so. He also explains why he declassified the documents, "I wanted people to see what some of those statements were based on. I wanted people to see the truth. I thought it made sense for people to see the truth. That's why I declassified the document."

You see, it's OK to declassify the document when it makes the President's decision look good. Would he have declassified any documents (if we assume any exist) that would have made him look bad? Of course not.

Now, I suppose, since the president declassified the documents, the administration can make a technically-correct argument that he didn't leak classified information. But let's not kid ourselves. The spirit of leaking information has been violated, and that strikes deep into the president's OJ Simpson-esque promise to find the real leakers. I'm not entirely sure if there's any credibility left in this administration, but whatever it is, it's falling off the back of the truck right in front of us.


Matthew said...

That's about as convincing as, "Because I said so." Nothing President Bush says or does surprises me anymore, because I have come to expect such idiotic behavior from him.

English Professor said...

Amen, Steve. One sad thing is that I forsaw exactly how Bush would spin it--and people are still buying what he's selling.