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Thursday, April 06, 2006

With all the guffawing and orgasming going on around the blogosphere about Scooter Libby and the Valerie Plame affair, you’d think something important had come out of the “revelation” that President Bush and company has authorized Libby to leak “classified information”.

Some perspective is needed. Let me offer some. The following quote comes from a Wall Street Journal article about the events:

“As president, Mr. Bush has wide latitude to declassify information, and Mr. Fitzgerald makes no suggestion that such authorization would have been illegal. The filing doesn't say either the president or vice president told Mr. Libby to disclose the identity of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame.”

Did everyone follow that? The President (that’s any President) has that latitude. And the filing had nothing… zero, zilch, nada… to do with Valerie Plame. And to reiterate one more time… declassifying information is something the executive branch does all the time, especially if such disclosures benefit their own policies. Criticizing Joseph Wilson’s assertions about WMDs and Iraq was neither illegal nor unexpected. In fact, I’d be more concerned if the President’s staff didn’t counterpunch.

Honestly, people. This relentless search for wrongdoing is tiresome, and trite. There are a great many things that bother me about the Bush administration, but this just isn’t one of them, because it’s such a non-story. And just because a group of people wants it to be a story doesn’t make it one.


.: posted by Dave 11:18 PM

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