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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Why Did Bush Declassify the National Intelligence Estimate?

I came home from work tonight to find that Bush and Co. declassified the National Intelligence Estimate I blogged about recently. What I want to know is why. Oh, and isn't it awfully handy to be able to decide which parts of a report remain classified, depending on your definition of "national security," of course.

Do Rove and the other brains think that by reminding the American public about the danger of terror on our doorstep, even though most of this decrease in security and increase in terror potential is the fault of the current administration and Congress, people will be swayed to leave a Republican-controlled Congress in place until the end of the Bush administration?

Don't they see that we're on to them and that this bunch's utter lack of foresight, greedy ambitions and dominion theory have not worked and must be discontinued?

Why, it's plain on the nose on my face to me. Isn't it to you?

tags: Bush administration / foreign policy / Republicans / US politics / world politics


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think the question is as much "why?" as it is "Don't these people read?" After all, earlier in the day, the President made a statement contesting the Times and the Post along the lines that we were safer because of our escapade in Iraq, which seemed to run absolutely counter to what the precie of the NIE described.

With regard to the partial dissemination of the report, I could certainly be wrong but from what I read, it was a four page abstract which highlighted virtually everything that's wrong (or was when it was written) with the war.

Overall, it's becoming increasingly clear that the Administration is in at least modest disarray and simply can stop digging the hole. There comes a time in politics when "staying on message" in an extraordinarily disciplined fashion simply no longer works, no matter what the message. And this, incidentally, is Rove's only true strength in my view. I don't think he's nearly the "political genius" that is the conventional wisdom, but just an operative who is able to exert enough power to maintain that discipline.

On the other hand, I no longer believe with great certitude that the Dems are going to win the House because of the party's fragmentation, notwithstanding the current lockstep after the Clinton-Wallace dustup. There are just too many warring factions. Though I do hope we do win, as we're all aware, hope is not a strategy.

27/9/06 1:27 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Ummmmmmmmmmmm okay.

Hi Cher :)


Love Yvonne

27/9/06 1:37 AM  
Blogger kate loving shenk said...

hi cheryl,

glad to see some anti-bush sentiment out there!!!

just discovered your blog--and want to invite you to mine:

peace (of mind)

kate loving shenk

27/9/06 9:35 AM  
Blogger should-be-working said...

Fear is one of the strongest components one can be controlled by. It's my belief that this "war on terrorism" is being used as a fear tactic now more than ever. It's shameful to think that we have fathers/husbands/mothers/fathers /sons/daughters who won't be coming home because of this. It makes me sick.

27/9/06 12:37 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

RfR: I hope the disintegration is swift, complete, lethal and incredibly painful.

As for Rove, I don't know how much a politica genius he is. I think he just happened along at a fortunate time when his views fairly mirrored the pulse of the nation.

I happen to think the biggest mistake (aside from 2000 being stolen from Gore) was the push for GLBT marriage rights in 2000 and 2004. That was the big motivator for getting the religious right out and (sort of) ushering Bush in, both times.

I think Rove (and the crew) just happened to believe in what was troubling the country at the time and Cheney was just looking for his in to where the real power lay. He'd been waiting sooooo long to get his ubercapitalist talons in.

Hope (along with a healthy dose of wishful thinking and a smattering of preyer) is my election strategy.

27/9/06 11:37 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Love ya, Von!


27/9/06 11:39 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kate! You're always welcome here.

I checked out your place a bit...looks very interesting! I'm sure to be back.

Go, Democrats & Independents!

27/9/06 11:58 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Hi Should!

Yep, the neverending War on Terror which will weed out the lower classes and completely degrade every civil protection enjoyed by US citizens...or lead to the end of civilization as we know it within our lifetime. Whichever comes first.

Five more weeks then only two more years. I hope we survive it.

28/9/06 12:02 AM  

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