'Bush suggested parts of the report were originally leaked for political purposes, and that media accounts were meant to confuse Americans''Meant to confuse Americans'? What an extraordinary statement. The press is intentionally trying to confuse the public about national security. To what end, Mr. Bush? Because the global corporations that run the newsrooms are all headed by Democrats? Um, I don't think so... Either Mr. Bush has his tinfoil conspiracy hat on there – a Nixonian 'they're all out to get me' – or he thinks we're all as blitheringly stupid as his base.
I can read, and comprehend, the NIE report, therefore I am not at all confused. The conclusions are quite clear to anyone with a brain – the war in Iraq is making the entire world more volatile and dangerous. It's really quite simple.
Ask Musharraff, our alleged ally:
'The Iraq war has not made the world safer from terror, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told CNN, saying he stands by statements he makes in his new book. Musharraf -- often portrayed as being in agreement with President Bush on the war on terror -- writes he never supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq. "It [the war] has made the world a more dangerous place," he said.'How long before the republicans respond to this by trying to divert our attention to prosecuting the leaker? I would bet as soon as today Limbaugh and the other shrieking harpies will start howling for his head on a pike, for telling us the truth.
- Claudia Long, Smirking Chimp
LSB: Claudia, I don’t think we have to worry about Shrub et al diverting our attention to prosecuting the leaker of this report. Remember what happened to the Valeria Plame leaker(s)? Exactly nothing. Don’t misunderstand me – in my opinion leaking classified intelligent documents is as treasonous as identifying a CIA agent, – but even through the prism of hypocrisy, with which this White House operates on a daily basis, they can clearly see that going after one leaker and not another would be a losing PR tactic. And let’s face it – Bush is all PR and no substance.