"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, February 17, 2006

Doing the President's Dirty Work - New York Times

Doing the President's Dirty Work - New York Times

For one thing, "Mr. Roberts is trying to stop an investigation into Mr. Bush's decision to allow the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans without getting the warrants required by a 27-year-old federal law enacted to stop that sort of abuse." Abuse, if you are going through FISA, but there is nothing in FISA that impedes the presidents constitutional obligation/rights.

"Stifling his own committee without even bothering to get the facts is outrageous." Writing an editorial piece without getting or relying on facts is outrageous.

"Vice chairman of the panel, Senator John Rockefeller IV, pointed out, supervising intelligence gathering is in fact the purpose of the intelligence committee." (remember the letter?) If this is the purpose of the committee, why is it that Bush lied and forced us into war? Isn’t the intel committee to blame as well? What were they up to? Did they lie too?

"Mr. Rockefeller said the White House had not offered enough information to make an informed judgment on the program possible" Yet all Rocky can do is write a letter, store it away and do nothing further if this was so aggregious.

"FISA was written to prevent the president from violating Americans' constitutional rights." This statement is misleading, as it always is in the MSM. It is not just talking about Americans, as is so often the only individuals referred to by DeMediacrats. Communications via cell phone does not designate these individuals as American, even if in the U.S.

Tell it like it is, rather than like what you only think it is. At least this is an editorial.


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