Friday, December 22, 2006

White House endangers us more than all the nukes in Iran

Flynt Leverett's op-ed was published in the NYT today and in a bold move that as far as I know is unprecendented, it was published complete with the White House redactions. I remind you this piece was cleared by the CIA and the informtion therein has appeared in other publications in its complete form, which you can check out yourself thanks to the handy guide that accompanies the piece.

Leverett and his co-author buck the conventional wisdom of limited engagement and suggest a bold "grand bargain" with Tehran, but there is nothing in this short piece that compromises our national security. The only one compromised here is George Bush, whose taunting of Tehran is exposed for what it was and is -- the intemperate swaggering of a self-involved politician who cares more about his dismal legacy than the safety and security of our country.

Somebody will figure out what's been redacted and publish an approximation of the original piece but what it really said will be far less important than what it wasn't allowed to say in the NYT today. The redactions will stand as a testimony to just how far George Bush is willing to go in destroying our freedoms and compromising our national security in order to protect his own reputation.

I've been predicting Bush would ruin this country and bring us to a worldwide crisis since 1999, long before I started blogging. But it's too late for impeachment. It's time for a national call for this president to resign and he should take Dick Cheney, who I don't doubt is behind this bone-headed move, with him.

[Thanks to memeorandum and to The Daou Report for the linkage]
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Anonymous masaccio said...

Emptywheel at The Next Hurrah has a guess on the actual contents:

5:31:00 PM  
Anonymous masaccio said...

Or better

5:33:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks masaccio. For those who don't cut and paste you can click the link here.

Interesting and I suspect pretty much on target. I knew it wouldn't take long for someone to do it.

6:08:00 PM  
Anonymous o'reilly said...

I concur, except with the following,But it's too late for impeachment.

If this president lied to congress, fraudlently misrepresented the facts about WMD in Iraq in order to obtain war authorization, then the House must impeach to maintain rule of law.

It is important (not that Bush is punished) but that presidents understand they musr obey the rule of law and be honest with Congress when it comes to authorization for war. Let it go and it will happen again. Americans cannot allow their military power to be abused in this way.

Check the numbers. There were no WMD in Iraq. There are 3000 american soldiers dead and 600,000 Iraqis dead. Iraqis want us out.

3:06:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

O'Reilly, I agree he SHOULD be impeached but there's only two years left. They won't be able to even get hearings together that quick. I'm thinking we call for his resignation instead and indict him for war crimes once he's left office.

9:09:00 AM  

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