Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Democratic Politics and National Security 

This memo was aired by Sean Hannity yesterday on his syndicated talk radio program.

Interesting, is it not, that the same people who are complaining that our intelligence community is incompetent are willing to compromise what sources we do have for their own political gain?

Senator Rockefeller's (D-WV) comment about the memo (scroll down a few paragraphs) is not only spin, it's lame spin. Like when a lawyer presents a terrible brief with obvious errors to a judge, and upon being challenged tells the judge "My secretary wrote it." (I've actually seen it happen -- the judge's reaction was not pretty.) Duh!

I watched Neil Cavuto interview Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) this afternoon on Fox News. All Rangel wanted to talk about was Rumsfeld's recently leaked memo and how the SecDef "has no plan" for Iraq (those talking points are stale, Charlie!). When directly asked about the Dem memo by Cavuto, Rangel claimed he didn't know what was in it. If that's true, it's one of the best recent examples of "ostriching" that I've seen. Of course Rangel, like all the other critics of the Iraq campaign, offered no ideas on how to do it better, but at least he didn't advocate immediate withdrawal. (It's so much easier to be a critic than a playwright, isn't it?)

In contrast Steven Den Beste nails it again with this lengthy post about a politician who was an American first.

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