"Bush has been an utter incompetant at dealing with terror threats. Condi Rice has been totally ineffectual at negotiations for a middle east peace plan.* stoller:
Is there anything this adminstration can do competently and correctly? It sure doesn't seem that way."
"The AP is a disgrace. Shame on them."yay. will everyone please wake up to this fact? The AP is more dangerous than murdoch.
"Sen. Clinton blasts Cheney.
“I don’t take anything he says seriously anymore,” Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) said yesterday. “I think that he has been a very counterproductive, even destructive, force in our country and I am very disheartened by the failure of leadership from the president and vice president.” "
* larisa argues that the bojinka 2 arrests occured b/c the WH was leaking everywhere:
"We know that all agency heads were briefed by the White House and that Tony Snow knew, Dick Cheney held a private press conference with pet reporters, Karl Rove called Lieberman, talking points made their rounds via right wing outlets and mouths.
While all of this chatter is going on in the States, the Brits must have watched with horror. In my opinion, their move to arrest the suspects on Thursday was more about a sleazy White House political machine and the possibility that loose lips from the White House could jeopardize the investigation, which was nearing its end.
This again, is my own opinion. Is this cynical. Yes. But look who we are talking about after all.
I would not put it past Cheney to do with this information what he did with the CIA leak case. There is no reason to give any of these people the benefit of trust, not after all of the lies, machinations, abuse of journalism, abuse of a world size platform, and all of the effort and funding that has gone into creating an image of competence, honesty, strength, and concern for American people. All of the effort toward the image and no effort toward national security.
Are we going to have this much fun with politics until the mid-term elections? Will there be more leaked victories that have nothing to do with this government and will those leaks continue to harm our national security?
And this is just what we know thus far. As I have said, and as cynical as it sounds, I can imagine Cheney making a few pre-emptive leaks. Again, only my own opinion.
What if playing politics with classified information, however, had resulted in the plotters being tipped off and cutting loose before the Brits could get to them? What if that led to US deaths at a later date when the alleged plotters regrouped with some more help from ISI and its agents? Is politics this sleazy worth any of our lives?
And really, ISI helping out makes me more worried not less.
It appears that at the very least, this administration believes that our sanity as a nation is worth less than a GOP win. Has there ever been a time in US history when a campaign manager worked directly out of the White House, and had the highest security clearances? Now imagine a morally bankrupt, soulless, intellectually perverted campaign manager with the highest security clearances, working out of the seat of power, using government agencies and resources at his disposal.
If we actually survive this administration, it will be despite their efforts, not because of them."