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A liberal look at the National Intelligence Estimate, and related matters

OK, I think I have this worked out in my head:

Government officials who cherry-pick the summary portion of an intelligence report and release only the elements that support one political position: heroic whistle-blowers.

Government officials who declassify the entire summary to counter the partisan allegations and attacks based on the prior, partial leak: opportunists and crass political manipulators.

Government officials who demand that the entire report -- even the parts that reveal "sources and methods" -- be released, in addition to the summary: noble leaders.

Government officials who say that the summary is sufficient, that it was written by the same people who put together the entire document, and people on both sides agree that the summary is a fair representation of the details outlined within the body of the report: secret-mongering, conspiratorial villains.

And I'm still waiting for the same people who demanded Karl Rove be "frog-marched" -- or worse -- over his greatly-overhyped involvement in the Valerie Plame non-scandal to express the same level of outrage over Richard Armitage, who actually DID the things they accused Rove of doing. And for the same worthies to demand such sanctions against whoever did such a hatchet job on leaking the portions of the NIE summary that supported their political agenda, while omitting the balancing portions.

I'm waiting, but I'm not holding my breath.

(I'd like to thank the Boston Globe editorial board for my recent re-education, who showed me the path to true enlightenment here and here. Note in the second piece, Mr. Rovner mentions that the recent stir was roused by the leaking of selected portions of the summary, but saves all his condemnation for President Bush for trying to counter the damage by releasing the entire summary. Apparently Mr. Rovner would have been content with the original, slanted portions only being made public,and has no problem with the people who chose to "cherry-pick" the parts of a highly-classified document to be released.)


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Comments (14)

JT,Your understand... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:


Your understanding is spot on.

What is surprising is that your post has been up over 2 hours with no comment whatsoever from any of our resident trolls...

Great synopsis. That about... (Below threshold)

Great synopsis. That about nails it.

Yeah, what's up with that? ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Yeah, what's up with that? Were are the resident idiots. This, one would think, is a meaty topic for distortion our local fops are known for. I will never believe they came to their senses. Maybe the truth scared them off. I will chack back after while.

And don't forget that the N... (Below threshold)

And don't forget that the NIE was written by the same people that said Iraq had WMD.

So according to Liberal math:

Government officials who claim Iraq had WMD: Bush lied! People died!

Same goverment officials who claim (as a small part) that war in Iraq caused increase in terrorist recruitment: OMG! Look what Bush has done!

OK, I think I hav... (Below threshold)
OK, I think I have this worked out in my head

The sun will rise in the east tomorrow. The obvious is, well, just obvious.

Good job articulating well enough for even the lefties to understand.

Just a couple short days ago the lefties were doing "cheetah flips" over this thinking they had some real "gotch-ya" material to spread around.

What happened to all that cockiness?

Yep, all wiz and no bang.

Another wiz-dud for the lefties.

I am glad that Jay is aroun... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

I am glad that Jay is around to articulate my very thoughts. Thanks Jay.

And still not hint of the f... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

And still not hint of the famous fops. Go Figure. I guess Jay Tea wrote something that baffled them beyond their ability to find something on Kos or DU to repeat here.

Hey Lee? Hugh? muerto? Hull... (Below threshold)

Hey Lee? Hugh? muerto? Hullo mantis? Anybody?


The trolls got stuck in a g... (Below threshold)

The trolls got stuck in a global warming debate - don't miss 'em, myself...

It's pretty much been confi... (Below threshold)

It's pretty much been confirmed Cheney KNEW the story about the Atta meeting in Prague was not true.
Yet he hyped it to start a war.
Go figure.

Cherry pickinhg intelligence to start a war that leads to the deaths of tens of thousands is equated by this Jay Tea guy with whistle-blowers.

He's as big a maroon as his President, Goofus Kahn.

Hey Jay Tea, while you're making believe you're pointing out hypocrisies could you tell me why Saddam is on trial for not coddling terrorists that wanted to kill him and overthrow his country?

Robert, lol! Jay didn't eq... (Below threshold)

Robert, lol! Jay didn't equate what you said he did. You did. That seems to be the MO around here for some. Make something up that wasn't said or even implied and then go to town on it.

Well, what's a moonbat to d... (Below threshold)

Well, what's a moonbat to do in a case like this?

Zelsdorf is no doubt correct that they are waiting for someone to post talking points on this issue. They've sent Robert, who appears to be on some sort of psychotropic drug, while they load up with phony links and cut-and-paste tirades.

Oyster, to be perfectly fai... (Below threshold)

Oyster, to be perfectly fair to poor Robert, I did use "cherry-pick" deliberately, and dang if he didn't fall for the bait. Sometimes you gotta give 'em just a little something to go for, toss 'em a hint of red meat to get them to strike, otherwise they'll do like so many of his compatriots did and ignore the posting.


That was approximately my t... (Below threshold)

That was approximately my thinking when I fisked the NYT editorial on the subject a couple of days ago at my blog - http://www.di2.nu/200609/27.htm






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