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    Thursday, April 06, 2006

    Landmark Day for The Gentle Cricket

    Today was an historic day for yours truly; I actually agreed with something that Howard Dean had to say. Okay, it was only a partial agreement, but this is still a first. I am in agreement with Mr. Dean's statement regarding President Bush' role in the Valerie Plame investigation:
    The fact that the president was willing to reveal classified information for political gain and put the interests of his political party ahead of America's security shows that he can no longer be trusted to keep America safe
    I do not agree with Mr. Dean that this devious political ploy discredits the President's ability to protect America. Dean obviously chose to throw that in to push the Democrats recent security plan. I still trust President Bush on security issues (the border aside), though I wouldn't trust him with a personal secret.

    But Mr. Dean is correct that declassifying these documents is an abuse of power if it's motivation was to discredit his opposition. Today on the Jerry Doyle show, David Corn (author of "The Lies of President Bush") helped to clarify the issue. So far, it appears that the President and Vice President did not authorize the "leak" of the name of Valerie Plame, but rather declassified documents concerning pre-war intelligence regarding Niger. Mr. Corn claims that this was done in order to stifle the surmounting claims that the President misused or misrepresented pre-war intelligence. In short, the declassification, while within the authority of the President, was used in order to discredit Joseph Wilson.

    I am not taking this position in support of Joseph Wilson. I do not trust him, either. Throughout the investigation, I think he has shown himself to be underhanded, untrustworthy, and opportunistic. Nonetheless, that does not lend credence to what President Bush apparently did. If the President wanted to oppose the accusations that Wilson was making, he should have done so in an open forum, by addressing the American people; certainly not by these underhanded tactics. For that, he should be ashamed.

    It will be interesting to see which Republicans come out in support of President Bush. I have a lot of respect for the President, and I support much of what he does. However, this Republican is proud to condemn these actions.


    Blogger AubreyJ said...

    God I hope you and I both don't end up having to agree with Dean... I didn't take the info as you did but we'll have to see when it’s all said and done...

    I do know that when the news first came out today... the MSM was spinning the heck out of it. Almost flat out misleading they were...

    4:24 PM  

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