Saturday, April 22, 2006
...stinks to high heaven.
Meanwhile, the left doesn't seem to think there is anything wrong with the CIA subverting the policies of the elected President of the United States. Or, perhaps, that there is a moral and legal equivalence between the President or his staff "leaking" information and career CIA agents doing so. Either way, who would have thought we would live to see the left holding up the freakin' CIA as an appropriate check on the power of the President?
UPDATE (Sunday afternoon): Ouch. And don't miss The Belmont Club on Mary McCarthy's acknowledgement that there were operational ties between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, repudiated since the end of the Clinton administration. One needs to forget a lot, including $7700 in campaign contributions to Democrats (on a government salary, no less), in order to hold one's head up in today's Washington.
Conspirators in the CIA.
Seven Days in April is looking pretty good. As I recall(and I may be wrong)in "Seven Days in May" the president relied upon the secret service, not the FBI or CIA, to track the conspirators.
I hate looking at fiction for examples but this really does lend itself to current events.
"Either way, who would have thought we would live to see the left holding up the freakin' CIA as an appropriate check on the power of the President?"
There is no doubt these are strange days in which we are living. On the upside, this kills a large amount of conspiracy thories which are predicated upon government competence. On the downside, the Executive has to have drifted far above the plane of sensibility if both the spies and lefties are left manning the anchor. Come down, Mr. President. We need you.ltd
Leaking a Senator's dinner plans is one thing, disclosing classified intelligence is quite another. Except if it can be used against any political figure/faction, in which case it is called "whistleblowing" because the MSM cannot be bothered to recall that there are legitimate channels for that which should be used first, including going directly to Congress if dissatisfied with (or fearful of) response from within whatever agency is involved.
"On the downside, the Executive has to have drifted far above the plane of sensibility if both the spies and lefties are left manning the anchor."
CIA employees have political beliefs too, and some of them (obviously) act upon them when they shouldn't. That should not be indicative of the beliefs of the whole, or the majority of, the agency.
Technicality; Ms. Mary seems to have been an analyst, not a spy. Actual spies tend not to leak information because it will get them and their sources imprisoned, tortured, and killed. Analysts, managers, and the like feel much freer (sp?) to "blow the whistle" on projects and operations they don't like and it never seems to cross their minds that such a decision could well be ending the lives or careers of fellow American employees.
Our enemies watch CNN.