NIE Leaks: Who’s Right?
While many on the left are hyperventilating about the latest little twist in the Plame story, painting it as Bush’s blue dress, voices on the right are shrugging it off as a questionable choice, but nothing more. Cf. Captain Ed:
One can argue about the wisdom of George Bush in declassifying the Iraq NIE when he did, but let’s remember that the press had been clamoring for that information ever since the fall of Baghdad three months earlier. The WMD stockpiles had not been found, and Joe Wilson among others had claimed that “Bush lied”. In response, Bush declassified the NIE so that everyone could see what exactly the intelligence services had told him about Iraq’s WMD programs. Now everyone wants to proclaim George Bush a criminal for releasing the information that the entire media establishment demanded he reveal.