Do You Think They Would Have Done This For W?

By Lloyd the Idiot

U.S. news outlets held back disclosing Davis’ CIA ties.

Oh, the hypocrisy of the Obama Administration knows no end.


  • edmundburkenator says:

    Do You Think They Would Have Done This For W?


  • Dan says:

    Of Course they would have done this for W in similarly sensitive situations. And they did. Just as they have for every president.

    Also, is this a subject you want to bring up in a blatantly partisan fashion? Particularly as it relates to the last administration and the identity of CIA people?

    I don’t think W was responsible for or even had prior knowledge of the outing of a CIA case officer for political purposes. But some people very close to him were responsible. So you may want to reconsider a silly partisan post about a serious matter like this.

  • G.Stone says:

    He would have been outed on day one.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    The entire Iraq invasion was one big media/Bush administration love fest.

    I’m not sure what the hypocrisy component of this is either Lloyd… is someone in the OA or Obama himself on record as saying news orgs should not have some agreements on sensitive subjects?

  • NoVA Scout says:

    I don’t see the slightest hypocrisy here on the part of the Administration. I expect our government to do what it can to protect the identities of its agents abroad. What am I missing? Is the post saying that the Administration should have outed this guy when the Pakis took him into custody?

  • I agree, NoVA, that the government should protect the identities of American agents abroad. However, Obama and other liberals so hammered Bush for a lack of transparency that it’s indeed interesting/hypocritical that the adminstration is directly influencing the media’s coverage/non-coverage of an event.

  • Dan says:

    Lloyd, are you seriously saying that the identity of CIA operatives is something about which this or any other administration should be “transparent”? That because Bush was criticized for a lack of transparency that his successor should be cavalier about exposing this man’s connection to the CIA to avoid some convoluted equivalency and bogus charge of hypocrisy? That is indeed a very odd argument to make.

    All governments have a tendency to want to control information and to hold things close to the vest. It is a function of holding power. It transcends policy outlook or partisan affiliation. Witness the ludicrous over classification of material that has been going on for decades in this country. This hurts the country because when you have great gobs of stuff that is classified but doesn’t need to be it makes it more difficult to hold the secrets which should be held. And as citizens we all have an interest in needling the government to tell us things it should be telling us that it is reluctant to be open about.

    But the identity of intelligence operatives overseas is decidedly not something the government should be open about. And in this particular case, not knowing what was taking place behind the scenes, it is not at all unreasonable to ask the press to delay reporting what they had uncovered. I think this is true regardless of one’s opinion of this administration or the last.

  • Dan, you’re missing my point. I agree wholeheartedly with keeping secret the identities of our operatives. And I’m glad the Administration sees it that way, too. Well, at least now they do. It’s a lot easier to chide someone for lack of transparency when you’re a candidate and haven’t been in the position – which is just what the Dems did and continue to harp on in other contexts.

    And I do think that Obama had an easier time convincing the media outlets to hold the story than Bush would have. No doubt the more liberal media would be more likely to do his bidding given similar political ideologies.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Lloyd, you’re missing the point.

    Conflating transparency (who visits the WH, House and Senate Committee meetings, lobbyist) with revealing CIA operatives is one big stretch.

    Now if you can find a quote where Obama thought we should be revealing the names of operatives, let’s have it.

    This is not to say the OA is not hypocritical. They just are not on this point.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    You’ve got a bad case of brain freeze on this one, Lloyd. The Administration did what any other administration should do.

  • NoVa, I agree – again. See my comment above

  • NoVA Scout says:

    Ok – I looked at that and I still don’t see why you think this illustrates rank hypocrisy on the part of the Administration. The more obvious hypocrisy was the Bush Administration’s outing of Valerie Plame as a way to discredit (I couldn’t understand why they thought it had that effect) Ambassador Wilson’s report on the Niger yellowcake purchases.

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