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So apparently our alleged president, in his infinite wisdom, has decided to begin a covert campaign to destabilize Iran. Obviously the fiasco in Iraq, the re-emerging war in Afghanistan, the Justice department scandal, the World Bank mess, and his battles with Congress aren’t enough to occupy his time, and he has decided to go looking for additional trouble on another front.
And how do I know about this covert campaign, you may ask? Because it was very helpfully reported by ABC News.
This, of course, has prompted howls of ungrammatical outrage from the steadily dwindling number of Americans who still support George Bush – witness the comments to the above-referenced story, where commenters called ABC News “traders” (one assumes the person meant traitors) and speak of their “tresonous [sic] actions”.
While I can understand the poorly articulated concerns of those who commented on the story, I disagree with their conclusions. There are actions that our government takes that clearly should be kept secret. Broadcasting details of troop movements during combat operations, for example, would put our troops and our entire strategy at grave risk. Barring some notorious exceptions, I think our press has generally been sensitive to this need for vagueness in reporting on ongoing operations.
On the other hand, when our leaders decide to take unauthorized action against a country with which we are not at war, hoping to destabilize its government in the face of very vocal protests by many Americans that we should not go looking for trouble with that country given our current commitments in the world arena, and a news organization finds out about it, I believe that circumstances justify a decision to report on that story.
Clearly, someone within the administration was concerned enough about Bush’s decision to feel that public disclosure was necessary to prevent a huge catastrophe. Just a few weeks ago, George Tenet came under strong criticism from many quarters for his decision not to quit as head of the CIA and go to the press in protest of Bush’s actions in the run-up to the Iraq war. Someone watching all that apparently concluded that they didn’t want a similar catastrofuck on their conscience with respect to Iran – and bless them for it.So am I angered by ABC News’ decision to run this story? No. I view them as the whistleblower in this instance, alerting us to yet another questionable action by this administration that is running amok at our expense. We cannot afford a war with Iran at this time, due in large part to Bush’s bungling of the Iraq situation. And frankly, I don’t trust the motives of anyone in the Bush administration anymore.
The following headline appears in today’s NYT:
Bush’s Plan for Iraq Runs into Opposition
Clearly, the understatement of the day, and possibly of the decade.
Watching Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews go back and forth during the run-up to the big speech, now. I think the word catastrophe has been uttered about a half dozen times during the last half hour, but I like the word Jon Stewart coined for it better.
Just wanted to let my non-existent readers know that I am planning to liveblog the alleged president’s speech on the Iraq mess this evening. Of course, everyone in the MSM seems to know what the chimp is going to be saying, and has been talking about it for days, but I suppose he could still surprise us — which is actually quite a frightening thought…
P.S. If you’re planning on watching the speech, might I recommend having a nice bowl of popcorn on hand while you do? Not that I think that the speech is going to be terribly entertaining (scary, perhaps, but not entertaining), but if you feel moved to throw something at your television while the president is speaking, popcorn is far less damaging to delicate electronic equipment than larger, heavier objects that may be within easy reach.
Okay, I had class this evening, so I couldn’t watch Countdown‘s live broadcast, but I’m watching the post-Colbert Report rebroadcast now. They just showed the alleged president’s joint press conference with Tony Blair before the British press, and all I can say is, damn, British reporters are not shy about asking the tough questions. I love it. We need to get some of these guys into the regular White House press gaggle. It’s not fair to make David Gregory do all the hard work…
P.S. I tried to find a clip of the press conference online, without success. If anyone is aware of one, please e-mail me a link.