On Brit Hume's program yesterday, Mara Liasson dismissed Bill Kristol's theory
that Clinton's meltdown on Fox News Sunday
was deliberate and planned. I don't know whether it was or not, but the facts that two reporters, one at the Washington Post and one at the New York Hearsay filed parallel reports featuring selected leaks from the classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), that both stories featured headlines that spy agency personnel said that the war in Iraq is making terrorism worse, that the stories dovetail so nicely with the Democrats' national campaign--all those suggest coordination between the leakers, the MSM and the Democrats.
The White House
has slammed yet another leak of classified information for political purposes. The leaks were carefully selected and are shown to be distortions of the entire NIE.
This IS political, and it's underhanded. If Bush had declassified the NIE, the left would be screaming that he was endangering the national security from political purposes. Why is it any less reprehensible when the Democrats and their friend in the media do the same.
The Democrats are engaging in a deeply dishonest campaign of disinformation, aimed at rewriting history
with claims that if Bill Clinton had been in office and had the signals Bush had he would have prevented the 9/11 attacks. The problem with it all is why anybody should care. They had 8 years of repeated and escalating terrorist attacks and never got very serious. Yea, Clinton tried, but it was a half-hearted try, because as Clinton said the Pentagon didn't want to do more. Talk about strong leadership.
As I've said before, the blame for our weak-kneed treatment of the attacks belongs not to Clinton alone but to the entire government. I never heard George Bush blame the Clinton administration for anything. He refused to allow it, even when the press tried to draw Scott McClellan into it. But now the Democrats are accusing him of doing exactly what he has resolutely refused to do. After 9/11 I realized as did many others that trying to find someone to blame was a waste of time and highly distracting. But now, in a reverse form, it's the main strategy of the Democrats
I've got a great slogan for this campaign: "We tried!" Republicans would do well to knock that down quickly and focus not on the past but on the future. The Dems are focusing on the past because they have nothing to offer for the future. They're trying to run Bill Clinton against George Bush, neither of whom will ever run for anything again, in a purely Congressional election!
Our policy in Iraq is succeeding, which is why the violence is at such a peak right now. I think the left senses it, which is why they're so desperate to lie and argue about the past instead of proposing anything for the future.