Landmark Day for The Gentle Cricket
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 safeI 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.