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The Most Insidious of Traitors

September 29th, 2003

Josh Marshall found this rather interesting quote by George Bush Sr., which indirectly but clearly condemns his son’s administration:

“We need more human intelligence. That means we need more protection for the methods we use to gather intelligence and more protection for our sources, particularly our human sources, people that are risking their lives for their country. Even though I’m a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors.”

George H.W. Bush
April 16th, 1999
Dedication Speech
George Bush Center for Intelligence

Meanwhile, Condi Rice and others are busy trying to quiet the whole thing down, saying that there was no White House “effort” to blow the cover of Wilson’s wife in the CIA. That’s pure spin, folks–it sounds like a denial that the leak came from the White House, while actually not saying that it didn’t come from the White House

And if an investigation ensues, will it be fair? Will the administration’s own Justice Department be able to investigate it’s own boss and his staff? With this administration’s record on internal oversight (can you say, “9/11 investigation”?), and Bush’s own long record of malfeasance covered up by his father’s own right-wing “enforcers,” it is highly doubtful that any Republican investigator within the administration will ever blow the whistle. More likely: the Justice Department will carry out a pro forma investigation as quietly and slowly as possible, then try to slip out a low-profile release after all interest has died saying that nothing could be found.

I hope I’m wrong–I hope the two White House staffers are caught and threatened with prison terms, causing then to fess up as to where they got their orders from. God forbid that a Bush White House staffer should actually do the moral thing and confess outright without any threat. But that’s not too likely to happen.

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  1. Luis
    September 29th, 2003 at 17:03 | #1

    A disturbing quote from the Washington Post story on the outing of Ambassador Wilson’s wife as a CIA operative:

    Asked about the motive for describing the leaks, the senior official said the leaks were “wrong and a huge miscalculation, because they were irrelevant and did nothing to diminish Wilson’s credibility.”

    What’s disturbing is the implication, however subtle, that identifying a CIA operative by name, putting their contacts’ lives at risk and endangering their work and the nation’s security, is OK–so long as it could be successful at achieving a political goal.

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