On Thursday CNN falsely reported that President Bush approved the leaking of Valerie Plame’s name in retaliation against her husband Joseph Wilson. [NewsMax](CNN) "A major story breaking now out of Washington. According to court papers that were filed by prosecutors, I. Lewis Libby, who was a key man in the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, has alleged that U.S. President George W. Bush was the man who authorized the leaking of the name of a CIA operative and the wife of a former ambassador.” Woops! Those documents do not say anything about George Bush approving Lewis Libby to out Valerie Plame. in fact the documents actually state the opposite. [FNC]"In his court filing, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald asserted that the president was unaware of the role that Libby had in fact played in disclosing Plame's CIA status." There is the truth and there is the hope. CNN hoped that Bush was responsible for the leak of Plame’s CIA status and the truth is that he was unaware of the leak. Of course CNN went with the hope and ignored the truth because of the obvious bias that their network has displayed on countless occasions.
It seems that the truth always manages to get in the way of the arguments put forth by Democrats. Not only does the President have the authority to declassify material but I am glad that the President did in this case. I’m glad he was not going to sit by while Joseph Wilson made up an assessment about Saddam Hussein seeking yellow cake from Africa. There is no way that Wilson could have acquired the information necessary to make the claim that he did in the New York Times. He wrote the piece to damage the Administration and because of that the President authorized the release of the National Intelligence Estimate which was the right thing to do. According to the NIE and to British Intelligence, Saddam Hussein did seek Uranium in Africa. I guess the question is why are the democrats so upset over this issue and why did CNN lie in an attempt to hurt President Bush? Why are they upset? Well, it’s because they are hypocrites. I have never seen the democrats complain about the left and the NY Times reveling in the outing of CIA secrets which endangered the military and the CIA. They get upset when Bush allegedly approves a leak of classified info, none of which had to do with Valerie Plame, but they’re content and supportive of the Times and others endangering the military for personal and political gain. Given that fact, it is evident that, in this case, they are displaying what is known as selective outrage. I happen to call phony outrage and it is a mainstay of the Democratic Party.
Will the left apologize for their support of disclosing information that hurts our country and puts the CIA and the military in danger? If that happens I will A) gain some respect for their party and B) I might take their arguments and outrage seriously. Plus, It would just be nice if they are able to acknowledge their hypocrisy and that it's wrong to wish harm on the military to attack the President. Anyway, the president approving the release of information is not that serious. Especially when compared to the leaks that Democrats have supported.
Update, 7:00pm. Bush Didn't Direct Libby to Leak.