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Breaking: President Bush to Declassify US Terrorism Report

***Updated***

President Bush was on television just now saying that he will declassify the intelligence report that apparently says that Iraq has been a distraction from the War on Terror.

Reuters has more information:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration said on Tuesday it may declassify an intelligence report in order to respond to Democrats who say the document shows the Iraq war has been a distraction from the war on terrorism.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said officials were "giving serious consideration" to releasing the National Intelligence Estimate on the U.S. terrorism threat to demonstrate that the section being seized on by Democrats is only one part of the overall picture.

The report, part of which was leaked to the media, has become an issue in the runup to November 7 mid-term elections when control of both houses of Congress is at stake.

Part of the report said U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Iraq war has made the worldwide threat from Islamist extremists more dangerous.

It has inspired their growing militant movement and created a ready source of anti-American rhetoric, current and former intelligence officials familiar with the document say.

Perino said one paragraph in the lengthy report was "wildly taken out of context" and that some officials believe the whole document, provided to the U.S. Congress in April, should be released to put that paragraph in context.

Update: Greg Tinti has the video of President Bush announcing that he's instructed John Negroponte to declassify the report.

Update II: The AP is reporting:

President Bush on Tuesday said it is naive and a mistake to think that the war with Iraq has worsened terrorism, disputing a national intelligence assessment by his own administration. He said he was declassifying part of the report.


"Some people have guessed what's in the report and concluded that going into Iraq was a mistake. I strongly disagree," Bush said.

He asserted that portions of the classified report that had been leaked were done so for political purposes, referring to the Nov. 7 midterm elections.

Bush announced that he was ordering parts of the report declassified during a White House news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Update III: Spook86 at In from the Cold is a former intelligence guy who still has lots of contacts in the intelligence community and has gotten his hands on quite of bit of the report that did not appear in the NY Times. No wonder President Bush wants to declassify this report.

Update IV: Lorie Byrd blogged about the NIE leak yesterday.

Update V: Here's the transcript from today's press conference. Of particular note is Hamid Karzai's response to a question from a seemingly vacuous reporter named Jennifer about the war on terror:

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you. We'll have two questions a side. We'll start with Jennifer Loven.


Q Thank you, sir. Even after hearing that one of the major conclusions of the National Intelligence Estimate in April was that the Iraq war has fueled terror growth around the world, why have you continued to say that the Iraq war has made this country safer?

And to President Karzai, if I might, what do you think of President Musharraf's comments that you need to get to know your own country better when you're talking about where terror threats and the Taliban threat is coming from?

[snip]

PRESIDENT KARZAI: Ma'am, before I go to remarks by my brother, President Musharraf, terrorism was hurting us way before Iraq or September 11th. The President mentioned some examples of it. These extremist forces were killing people in Afghanistan and around for years, closing schools, burning mosques, killing children, uprooting vineyards, with vine trees, grapes hanging on them, forcing populations to poverty and misery.


They came to America on September 11th, but they were attacking you before September 11th in other parts of the world. We are a witness in Afghanistan to what they are and how they can hurt. You are a witness in New York. Do you forget people jumping off the 80th floor or 70th floor when the planes hit them? Can you imagine what it will be for a man or a woman to jump off that high? Who did that? And where are they now? And how do we fight them, how do we get rid of them, other than going after them? Should we wait for them to come and kill us again? That's why we need more action around the world, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to get them defeated -- extremism, their allies, terrorists and the like.

Bravo, President Karzai.

Update VI: National Review Online published its editorial on the leaking of the NIE. It ends with this sentence:

Properly understood, the NIE leak confirms President Bush's argument that Iraq is an important front in the War on Terror, and that achieving victory there is essential.

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Comments (52)

'It has inspired their grow... (Below threshold)
LJD:

'It has inspired their growing militant movement and created a ready source of anti-American rhetoric,...'

We still talking about Islamists, or Liberals?

Countdown to conspiracy the... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

Countdown to conspiracy theorists saying that the Bush administration leaked the secret report so that it would generate publicity and make sure that the MSM covered the declassified report starts now. 3....2....1....

Gee - I wonder if the porti... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Gee - I wonder if the portion of the report which condemns the administration's failed efforts will be released - or will that be deemed a security issue that can't be unclassified?

We all know the answer to that question -- the Republican liars will lie to us again.

Right on time, Lee. We kno... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

Right on time, Lee. We know we can count on you to call anyone from the administration at Liar on the drop of a hat. I guess the hat just dropped.

Predictable!

Lee, you were late on this ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Lee, you were late on this one. What happened, dude?

This raises some questions.... (Below threshold)
Brian:

This raises some questions... if the report is declassifyable, why did Bush wait until it helps him politically before declassifying it?

The report is 5 months old. Was there a legitimate reason for classifying it in the first place? If so, does that reason still exist? The reason Bush has given for declassifying it is to respond to Democrats, inarguably making this decision a political one. Does that mean that the decision to classify the report was also a political one? Is that a legitimate reason for classifying government reports?

This raises some questio... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

This raises some questions... if the report is declassifyable, why did Bush wait until it helps him politically before declassifying it?

You answered your own question Brian. It WAS 5 months old. The only reason to declassify it now was the attempt by a leaker to politicize it. It's called rebuttal.

I am not an expert on what constitues classifying a document and don't know why it's an issue to you. Maybe it's a smokescreen for the fact that there is a leaker motivated by politics to leak information to the NYT (again).

Brian, you can't be that de... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Brian, you can't be that dense can you?

He is being forced to declassify it because the Times and The Left are selectively using portions of an illegal leak for political motivation. In order to counter the blatant lies (apparently a Democratic platform requirement) he releasing the the rest.

The report will dedacted of critical information. The key is that initially the public didn't need to know the details of the report--now that illegal leaks are lying about the report it could generate political action that would jeopardize the security of the US--therefore the need to know has expanded before people start doing idiotic stupid things based on the lies of the Left.

Outright lies by the liberals and illegal leaks by their embedded political operatives have turned a report into something more critical and dangerous.

I love it, the Left places politics above national security and when Bush responds to stem the bleeding he is blasted for being political. Had he not released it Brian would be claiming he is hiding something--goal posts always moving.

I really wonder at times if anyone on the Left has an IQ above double digits or really care about anything other than obtaining political power. I've seen no evidence of it.

Lee,,Right ... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Lee,,


Right on. They will "SELECTIVLY" release the report I bet you anything. They've done this over and over. This is the most controling and secrative administration ever. They don't want us to know what they do behind closed doors and have no respect for the Freedom of Information act.

Muriego, the men in white c... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Muriego, the men in white coats are calling you. Recess is over. Time for meds.

"You answered your own q... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"You answered your own question Brian. It WAS 5 months old. The only reason to declassify it now was the attempt by a leaker to politicize it. It's called rebuttal."

Oh what a tangled web they weave...

The reason to declassify it now is strictly politically motivated -- as was the initial decision to keep it classified (since it is now obviously didn't need to be classified in the first place if it can now be declassified on a whim).

muirgeo,T... (Below threshold)
Heraulder:

muirgeo,

This is the most controling and secrative administration ever.

How would you know that if it's so secretive?


Just LISTEN to these moonba... (Below threshold)

Just LISTEN to these moonbat morons: we can trust a single paragraph out of a nine-page summary leaked by an anonymous source, but if the full text is released, it must be a Bush lie?

The left would be hilarious entertainment if they weren't a danger to themselves and others.

Lee,Let me save yo... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Lee,

Let me save you some finger strength...politicians engage in politics.

Geez - the Republicans must... (Below threshold)

Geez - the Republicans must really be getting nervous about the elections. Bush has never tried telling the truth before. Of course we won't know if it's the truth now!

Lee is again in the service... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Lee is again in the service of the terrorists. He is willfully propagating the half-truth and lies from the NYT with selected leaking of intelligence. Instead of condemning the outlets like the NYT or the Al-Quaeda Propaganda (AP) service, he is again participating in spreading lies and propaganda.

Lee is upset when it doesn't benefit the terrorists.

WE know who the enemies of ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

WE know who the enemies of the liberals are by their actions. And their enemies are not the terrorists or their sponsors.

"since it is now obvious... (Below threshold)
cmd:

"since it is now obviously didn't need [sic] to be classified in the first place if it can now be declassified on a whim."

Yeah, that's right, Lee - the president's decision to declassify a document which has been selectively leaked to politically damage his administration, thereby allowing reasonable observers (which leaves you asshats out) to decide for themselves whether the TSM is lying or not is merely a "whim."

Tell me - exactly how thick is the tinfoil lining that colander you call a hat?

Heralder - Let me fill you ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Heralder - Let me fill you in on politics. What we have here is the adminstration is full-tilt damage control mode.

Why? Apparently portions of this report did not need to be classified - and are only now coming to light because of "leaks" - leaks that were needed because the adminstration is operating in secrecy when it isn't necessary. That's a tacit lie - saying information is classified when it didn't need to be classified.

So, can you trust the adminstration to be honest now as they "release the portions that aren't "secret""?

No, they lied about what needed to be classified, and they will lie to us again when they tell us what can now be declassified and what can't. Whatever is damging to the Republican election prospects will still remain classified.

That, my friend, is Republican politics.

Lee, Brian...selec... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

Lee, Brian...

selectively declassified....means parts are still classified, duh. Do y'all have Joseph Goebbels writing your stuff?

Lee is a liar and an enable... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Lee is a liar and an enabler of the terrorists. He has no shame. Until now I haven't heard a word of condemnation from him and his fellow travelers on the despicable behavior of the NYT in particular.

The liberals are utterly corrupt and the NYT or the AP are their propaganda services on behalf of the terrorists and other enemies of America.

...when they tell us wha... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

...when they tell us what can now be declassified and what can't.

Lee, you want the NYT to make that determination, don't ya?

No, Vagabond, I want our go... (Below threshold)
Lee:

No, Vagabond, I want our government to make that determination, but they can't be trusted. When that's the case, yes - leaks have to happen.

Apparently portions of this report did not need to be classified, and we learned that - and will learn the contents of the portions the adminstration wants us to see - only because of the leak.

Lee:That,... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Lee:

That, my friend, is Republican politics.

Remove "Republican" from that sentence and you may be on to something.

as to:

leaks that were needed because the adminstration is operating in secrecy when it isn't necessary.

I'll trust what is necessary and what isn't neccessary to our elected professionals.
If it would improve or save your life to read this report I could understand you're point, otherwise it seems pretty overstated.

Lee:You are hilari... (Below threshold)

Lee:

You are hilarious! You could care less about what's in the report. If you did, you would actually wait and read the report in full before you made any judgements on it. Now that you've tried to completely trash the report in different ways before it comes out, whether it supports your views or not, you have no say in it.

It's either you don't care about what's in the report, or you're so worried about it that you're trying to trash it now. Which is it, Lee?

Eh, whatever. I'm really enjoying watching the rats scurrying around on this news item. I love watching liberals running around with their hair on fire! Go Clinton, yell at somebody else for another softball question! Woo-hoo!

Can't teach a pig to sing..... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

Can't teach a pig to sing....

Actually VagaBond, you coul... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Actually VagaBond, you could...it'd just sound horrible.

That's an insult to pigs ev... (Below threshold)

That's an insult to pigs everywhere.

Let me know when someone wr... (Below threshold)

Let me know when someone writes a report on how we can do something that doesn't result in more muslim extremists (aka head-cutter-offers and blowers-up-of-babies-and-women). If the report says 'surrender to dhimmitude', you don't have to bother, we already know that playbook and how it ends.

Get attacked + do nothing about the real problem (ask Clinton how well locking up one sheik for bombing the WTC worked to stop the jihadists, then ask him how well locking up one bin laden will work...no wait you'd better not do that unless you want a knuckle sandwich) = more jihadist violence

get attacked + do nothing about the real problem + bomb people without anyone's authorization to prevent a later-found-to-be-unfounded muslim genocide to make muslims like us + pretend you did something about the real problem after the fact = 9/11

get attacked (9/11) + fight back = more jihadist violence + lots of dead jihadists

get attacked by jihadists + fight back against all jihadists and their supporters = more jihadist violence + lots of dead jihadists

surrender to jihadists + dhimmitude = everybody enjoying a warm goat milk in their hut = good times!

As usual the terrorists sup... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

As usual the terrorists supporters/traitors in the democratic party have damaged America more than the terrorist themselves ever could. All of the conclusions of the report will be released, only the sources and methods will remain classified. That is until people like Peloshi/Boxer/Kennedy get access to it and then it will be leaked to the NYT to insure more Americans and agents are killed for the democrats political purposes.
Don't argue with Lee, his post indicate he is one of the foreign agents leaking tops secret data and one of the terrorists best friends. He surely is not an 'American'. You can now call all of the democrats 'unpatroitic' and most traitors, without fear of being wrong.
One of the traitors, that is retired generals, was on the news today making an a** of himself which is easy for the 'PC' promoted generals of the nineties. These guys are not protected saints, call them back to active duty, try them for treason and shoot them.
I personally think their (generals) alignment with the democrats is the start of plans for a coup in the U.S. Too many of them have been watching events in Thailand. Can't win the vote at the polls, take over by force.

Falze:Amen, brothe... (Below threshold)

Falze:

Amen, brother.

All of you terrorist/traito... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

All of you terrorist/traitor dems should know one thing. Any soldier who spouts this vile putrid stench of going against our beloved President in their "Intelligence" Report leak is the kind of human being I'd like to kiss and smooch and make love to all the live long day. Sometimes I even like to dress up in army fatigues and high heels and skip around my bedroom like a ballerina. Who doesn't! I'm an angry, angry man with an angry case of the hemorroids and I will take this country by force if necessary to the GOP promised land.

I am not an expert on wh... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I am not an expert on what constitues classifying a document and don't know why it's an issue to you.

I would like to know that my President's rationale for classifying information is based on something more substantive than political retribution.

He is being forced to declassify it

What is it that is "forcing" him to release information that is so secretive that it was deemed classified for 5 months? That he doesn't want to look bad? Is that sufficient reason for the President to release information previously deemed to be essential to national security?

How would you know that if it's so secretive?

Because of events like this. We now know that a report exists that was classified even though it didn't need to be, as evidenced by Bush's quick action to declassify it for political expediency.

the president's decision to declassify a document which has been selectively leaked to politically damage his administration

Is that the measure that you want used for the administration to decide when to release classified information? Whether it fixes his political damage, or inflicts political damage on the opposition?

selectively declassified....means parts are still classified, duh

And the parts that are being declassified obviously did not need to be classified in the first place. Duh.

Spook86 at In from the C... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Spook86 at In from the Cold is a former intelligence guy who still has lots of contacts in the intelligence community and has gotten his hands on quite of bit of the report that did not appear in the NY Times.

Tell me... who here is going to step up and condemn this traitorous leaker?

Brian...sometimes things ar... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

Brian...sometimes things are none of your damn business. Get over it.

and by the way, every damn classified document in the world has unclassifeied information in it. duh....pigs are still not singing...

Geez guys everyone take a d... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

Geez guys everyone take a deep breath. Even this devoted and proud to be "moonbat" (I wear the label with honor) says lets see what the facts are. Sheesh. Lets just hope it's not a selective disclosure (I'm not predicitng anything).

My comment was getting a bi... (Below threshold)
mantis:

My comment was getting a bit long so I just put it here.

Brian...sometimes things... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Brian...sometimes things are none of your damn business.

Absolutely. The actions of my government, though, are not among them.

every damn classified document in the world has unclassifeied information in it. duh

And many declassified documents have classified information redacted. Double-duh.

Must be moonbat day off. Y... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Must be moonbat day off. You boneheads are discussing a report that is nothing but opinion. This (the NIE) is the same bunch that said Saddam had lots of WMD in 2002. One thing is certain. The claim that there are more terrorists today than there was before the war in Iraq is based on what? Somebody take a head count? I know one thing for certain. There are a lot more dead terrrorists now then there was before we went to Iraq. I have seen the bodies. When are you lying lefties going to figure out that these leaks just before an election are easily defeated by the whole truth, and then you pay the price for lying? Mantis, what gives you the idea that anyone here gives you any credibility, let alone be willing to follow some link to your BS?

Mantis, what gives you t... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Mantis, what gives you the idea that anyone here gives you any credibility, let alone be willing to follow some link to your BS?

The link is to a BombSquad entry I posted, and anyone not interested in mindless ad hominem like yourself is welcome to refute it. Twit.

Brian...sometimes things... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

Brian...sometimes things are none of your damn business.

Absolutely. The actions of my government, though, are not among them.

If it's classified, it's none of your damn business.

every damn classified document in the world has unclassifeied information in it. duh

And many declassified documents have classified information redacted. Double-duh.

what the hell does that have to do with anything we discussed? Are you 16 years old? are we supposed to redact every classified document for your amusement?

If it's classified, it's... (Below threshold)
Brian:

If it's classified, it's none of your damn business.

I assume you'd stick with that position if Clinton had classified the details of his trysts. Or if Nixon classified those 18 minutes of tape. Or if this guy continues to commit treason by posting more classified information himself.

are we supposed to redact every classified document for your amusement?

Are we supposed to classify every non-sensitive document for yours? Or Bush's? Hey, let's just classify this report, too. Then we can stop putting our fingers in our ears and singing "La la la la la!"

I was correct. You are 16. ... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

I was correct. You are 16.

Slightly OT: Afgha... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Slightly OT:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended a press conference today with President Bush. At one point, Karzai said, "Do you forget people jumping off the 80th floor or 70th floor when the planes hit them? Can you imagine what it will be for a man or woman to jump from that high?" Recalling some of the more shocking scenes from the World Trade Center bombing, Karzai asked, "How do we get rid of them? ... Should we wait for them to come and kill us again?"

Dang. Sounds like he has a better idea than 99.9% of the American left who the real enemy is.

I was correct. You are 1... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I was correct. You are 16.

Spoken like a true guy who has no rebuttal argument. Except, of course, when it's "duh" or incoherently involves pigs.

Hey, Zelsdorf,W... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Hey, Zelsdorf,

When are you lying lefties going to figure out that these leaks just before an election are easily defeated by the whole truth, and then you pay the price for lying?

So now that the whole truth has come out, what do you think of it? Does it defeat what we heard yesterday?

Oh yeah... please identify the alleged lies.

I had rebuttal. You chose t... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

I had rebuttal. You chose to muddy the waters with incoherent blathering about nonsensical points.

Well, perhaps you'd compreh... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Well, perhaps you'd comprehend what you read better without your hands covering your eyes. And please, continue using "duh" and pig references in your posts, and then accuse me of blathering nonsense.

Oh please Brian, you're get... (Below threshold)
Martin A. Knight:

Oh please Brian, you're getting even more and more ridiculous.

The Democrats get a plant of theirs, probably someone on the Democrat's Intelligence Committee staff to leak certain very helpful (to them) parts of an NIE to make some political hay. Of course, they leak it to their friends at the New York Times who saw no problem with putting it on the front page.

The President responds by declassifying everything (excluding operational details) to make Ted Kennedy, et al and Bill Keller look like dissembling fools.

Then you [*holding back laughter*] are here shrieking like a banshee about the President being political! And I guess Bill Keller, Ted Kennedy, Jay Rockefeller, Rahm Emmanuel etc. were not [*snort*] being political, eh?

Well, I guess it's simply a function of the fact that you hold President Bush to a higher standard of behavior than you hold any other politician. That's kinda flattering to the guy. Unfortunately, he probably doesn't share your opinion that his being President means that he should also be a punching bag.

Apparently, you seem to have come to the very strange belief that NIEs are supposed to be declassified immediately after their release and therefore Bush declassifying an already partly-leaked NIE is a sign eeeeeevillll.

Here's an idea; if you don't like it that the President is answering dishonest critics, then write a letter to the editor of New York Times and ask him to stop publishing classified information. Then the President would not have to reveal stuff that embarasses Democrats.

You guys hit at the President. He just hit you back. Hard. All completely legal (except for the leaking of classified information to the New York Times) and above board. Now stop snivelling and take it like men.

The Democrats get a plan... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The Democrats get a plant of theirs

Your tinfoil hat is showing.

Well, I guess it's simply a function of the fact that you hold President Bush to a higher standard of behavior than you hold any other politician.

Yes, of course! Don't you?

Unfortunately, he probably doesn't share your opinion that his being President means that he should also be a punching bag.

I'm sure you held that same view about Clinton. Both during and after his presidency.

You guys hit at the President. He just hit you back. Hard. ...

Hmm, except what he "hit" us with validated what was said in the first place. I read that report multiple times, looking for what he was so confident would rebut his critics. Not there.

Now stop snivelling and take it like men.

Like how you all are snivelling about Clinton's recent interview? Where he hit you back. Hard.

Your tinfoil hat is sho... (Below threshold)
Martin A. Knight:
    Your tinfoil hat is showing.

Forgotten Mary McCarthy so soon?

And oh, I guess the Democrats don't have staffers on the Congressional Intelligence Committees, do they?

And even if they did, we all know that it is as impossible as the sun rising in the west, that they would ever leak anonymously to the New York Times.

The New York Times is notoriously hostile to the Democrats and friendly to the White House after all.

Right?

Considering that in your world, Karl Rove uncovered a fabulous secret agent's identity (by sitting by the phone and waiting for a journalist's phone call) in order to derail gay marriage and continue the War for Oil!!!, it is kind of rich of you to talk about tinfoil, Brian.

    Yes, of course! Don't you?

To a certain point, yes.

However, I am realistic. I do not believe higher standards require the President to sit back and let dishonest political foes savage him without responding because it would mean he is being (horror of horrors!) "political."

    I'm sure you held that same view about Clinton. Both during and after his presidency.

I am going to respond the same way that Leftists like you do when someone counters the BushLied™ article of Leftist faith by bringing up the Clinton Administration's statements on Iraq, WMDs and the threat he posed to the United States, i.e.: "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."

How does it go again? Oh yeah ...

Why do you always have to bring up Clinton?!! He has not been President for six years!!! It was about sex!!! Why didn't Bush do anything about the Khobar Towers in 1996?!!! Booosh!!! Yeaargh!!!

    Hmm, except what he "hit" us with validated what was said in the first place. I read that report multiple times, looking for what he was so confident would rebut his critics. Not there.

Really? You do mean this report, right?

    United States-led counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged the leadership of al-Qa'ida and disrupted its operations;

That was just in the very first line of the report. Not that I'm saying that everything is perfect but then you Leftists tend to expect perfection in warfare - you're the guys who demand a war with no civilian (or even combatant) casualties.

I'm sure you're one of those people who still thinks Zarqawi is alive and questioned the "timing" of his "death".

    Like how you all are snivelling about Clinton's recent interview? Where he hit you back. Hard.

Heh heh heh ...

Why do you always have to bring up Clinton?!! He has not been President for six years!!! It was about sex!!! Why didn't Bush do anything about the Khobar Towers in 1996?!!! Booosh!!! Yeaargh!!!

Your tinfoil hat is sho... (Below threshold)
Martin A. Knight:
    Your tinfoil hat is showing.

Forgotten Mary McCarthy so soon?

And oh, I guess the Democrats don't have staffers on the Congressional Intelligence Committees, do they?

And even if they did, we all know that it is as impossible as the sun rising in the west, that they would ever leak anonymously to the New York Times.

The New York Times is notoriously hostile to the Democrats and friendly to the White House after all.

Right?

Considering that in your world, Karl Rove uncovered a fabulous secret agent's identity (by sitting by the phone and waiting for a journalist's phone call) in order to derail gay marriage and continue the War for Oil!!!, it is kind of rich of you to talk about tinfoil, Brian.

    Yes, of course! Don't you?

To a certain point, yes.

However, I am realistic. I do not believe higher standards require the President to sit back and let dishonest political foes savage him without responding because it would mean he is being (horror of horrors!) "political."

    I'm sure you held that same view about Clinton. Both during and after his presidency.

I am going to respond the same way that Leftists like you do when someone counters the BushLied™ article of Leftist faith by bringing up the Clinton Administration's statements on Iraq, WMDs and the threat he posed to the United States, i.e.: "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."

How does it go again? Oh yeah ...

Why do you always have to bring up Clinton?!! He has not been President for six years!!! It was about sex!!! Why didn't Bush do anything about the Khobar Towers in 1996?!!! Booosh!!! Yeaargh!!!

    Hmm, except what he "hit" us with validated what was said in the first place. I read that report multiple times, looking for what he was so confident would rebut his critics. Not there.

Really? You do mean this report, right?

    United States-led counterterrorism efforts have seriously damaged the leadership of al-Qa'ida and disrupted its operations;

That was just in the very first line of the report. Not that I'm saying that everything is perfect but then you Leftists tend to expect perfection in warfare - you're the guys who demand a war with no civilian (or even combatant) casualties.

I'm sure you're one of those people who still thinks Zarqawi is alive and questioned the "timing" of his "death".

    Like how you all are snivelling about Clinton's recent interview? Where he hit you back. Hard.

Heh heh heh ...

Why do you always have to bring up Clinton?!! He has not been President for six years!!! It was about sex!!! Why didn't Bush do anything about the Khobar Towers in 1996?!!! Booosh!!! Yeaargh!!!




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