Sunday, October 22, 2006


They must not be told

Ironically, the Administration's total failure in Iraq is a secret only to the American people. Think Progress This week, on the request of Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL), Intelligence Chairman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) suspended a Democratic staffer’s access to classified information.... Today on Fox News, LaHood said, “I’ll tell you why I did it. The reason I did it was because Jane Harman released the Duke Cunningham — who sat on our Intelligence committee — report.” That report, which detailed the misconduct of Cunningham, who is now serving a jail term, was not classified.... A Fox anchor asked, “So, it’s payback?” LaHood responded, “There are some of us on the other side who can equally play politics, and I’m not afraid to do it.” LaHood apparently didn't even ask the staffer if he had leaked the NIE on Iraq, which is what he says he is upset about. He knew the staffer had access to the NIE and made him the scapegoat for leaking it to get even with Harman-- for making public a public report on Republican corruption. Had enough?
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