Crooks and Liars has some video clips up from today's Sunday morning gabfests. All I can say is "ouch."
First, there is this clip from Rep. John Murtha's appearance on Face the Nation:
The public is way ahead of what’s going on in Washington. They no longer believe it. The troops themselves, 70 percent of the troops said we want to come home within a year. The only solution to this is to redeploy. Let me tell you, the only people who want us in Iraq is Iran and al-Qaeda. I've talked to a top-level commander the other day, it was about two weeks ago, and he said China wants us there also. Why? Because we’re depleting our resources, our troop resources and our fiscal resources.Murtha comes across as not only very credible, but also as caring about the lives of our troops, the consequences of the horrible choices made by the Bush Administration, and as having some serious sources at high levels in the military who are having the same concerns. Perhaps because all of that is true -- you can really feel the anger on behalf of the nation and its men and women in uniform coming off Murtha in waves, can't you? Boo yah.
Crooks and Liars also has a clip from David Gergen's appearance on Reliable Sources this morning, and it is really a doozy. (Thanks to Nate for the heads up on this -- I e-mailed John Amato to see if he could pull the clip, and he was already working on it. I swear, how did we survive before C&L?) Anyway, Gergen said the following:
This administration has engaged in secrecy at a level we have not seen in over 30 years. Unfortunately, I have to bring up the name of Richard Nixon, because we haven't seen it since the days of Nixon. And now what they're doing -- and they're using the war on terror to justify -- is they're starting to target journalists who try to pierce the veil of secrecy and find things and put them in the newspapers.Given the stories on the White House efforts to go after leakers who make them look bad or expose illegal activites on the part of the President -- but selectively fail to really take their own selective leaking seriously (hello -- Dick Cheney can declassify whatever the hell he feels like, even though that's not what the law says?) -- I'd say that's certainly a topic worth some serious public discussion.
Now, in the past what the government has always done is go after the people who leak, the inside people. That's the way they try to stop leaks. This is the first administration that I can remember, including Nixon's, that said -- and Porter Goss said this to Congress -- that we need to think about a law that would put journalists who print national security things to...bring them up in front of grand juries and put them in jail if they don't -- in effect, if they don't reveal their sources.
See more at the WaPo and the NYTimes. Glenn also discusses this issue on his blog this morning, and it is worth a read as well.
Can someone explain to me how the Bush Administration expects anyone to take them seriously on this matter when Karl Rove still works in the West Wing with his security clearance intact after admitting to discussing Valerie Plame Wilson with two reporters?
When you use the laws to punish your critics -- even to the point of abusing this to try to silence whistleblowers -- yet you fail to punish your allies for illegal behavior that violates national security regulations...well, you don't really expect to have any credibility at all, do you? And to threaten journalists with jail for printing true information on how the Bush Administration may be breaking the law -- well, all I can say is that Stalin would be awfully proud, wouldn't he?
It's getting ugly in Washington for George Bush. And its about damn time -- if ever a President earned scorn and disgust, it is this one.
(As a kid, I loved Wile E. Coyote and his Acme gadgets of doom. His repeated failures were funny in Saturday morning cartoons -- but the repeated failures and poor choices of the Bush Administration aren't so funny. Thought everyone could use a laugh this morning. Chuck Jones was a genius, pure and simple.)