Tuesday, July 19, 2005


The Bennelli Brothers report on an ABC News poll out yesterday showing that just one-quarter of Americans are satisfied with the Bush Administration's cooperation with the Plame investigation. What I really wonder is: where are those people who believe this is all going swimmingly and what are they thinking?

Whether or not Karl Rove broke the law certainly is an issue and the investigation into who revealed the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame will and should go on. But, as Chuck Schumer said yesterday, "The standard for holding a high position in the White House should not simply be that you didn't break the law." Karl Rove, whether he said Plame's name, or just her husband's name, or he simply nodded his head yes when asked to confirm her identity, has done wrong and needs to be punished.

National security is supposedly the Republican Party's stronghold issue. Since when it is in the best interest of national security to have the President's right-hand man whispering into reporters' ears the names of CIA agents who make their living in secrecy? How has the Administration been able to mince words and not face an onslaught of criticism for putting the country in danger?

Just imagine the furor that would result if someone had leaked the location of a unit of troops in Iraq. Why is this being treated any differently?


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