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Leaking At All Costs by John Hinderaker

The Weekly Standard

Leaking At All Costs
What the CIA is willing to do to hurt the Bush administration.

by John Hinderaker
11/30/2005 12:00:00 AM

THE CIA'S WAR against the Bush administration is one of the great untold stories of the past three years. It is, perhaps, the agency's most successful covert action of recent times. The CIA has used its budget to fund criticism of the administration by former Democratic officeholders. The agency allowed an employee, Michael Scheuer, to publish and promote a book containing classified information, as long as, in Scheuer's words, "the book was being used to bash the president." However, the agency's preferred weapon has been the leak. In one leak after another, generally to the New York Times or the Washington Post, CIA officials have sought to undermine America's foreign policy. Usually this is done by leaking reports or memos critical of administration policies or skeptical of their prospects. Through it all, our principal news outlets, which share the agency's agenda and profit from its torrent of leaks, have maintained a discreet silence about what should be a major scandal.

Sucker's Game By Michael Ledeen

Sucker's Game

BY MICHAEL LEDEEN
December 1, 2005
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/23835

The president gave us an often brilliant assessment of the war in Iraq, along with a welcome outline of his plan for victory over the terrorists there. It was full of vision and grit, both of which have been in alarmingly short supply in what has passed for our national debate, and it paid appropriate tribute to the armed forces - ours, our Coalition allies', and the growing numbers of Iraqi soldiers - deployed against the terrorists. No doubt we are making real progress. No doubt the areas of tranquility are multiplying, as the terrorists' death toll mounts relentlessly. No doubt, as Senator Lieberman reminds us, the great majority of Iraqis see reason for hope that they will govern themselves and dominate their enemies.

Our Troops Must Stay By Joe Lieberman

The Wall Street Journal

Our Troops Must Stay

By JOE LIEBERMAN
November 29, 2005; Page A18

I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood -- unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.

How To Lose A War By Ralph Peters

New York Post

HOW TO LOSE A WAR

By RALPH PETERS 11/21/2005

QUIT. It's that simple. There are plenty of more complex ways to lose a war, but none as reliable as just giving up.

Increasingly, quitting looks like the new American Way of War. No matter how great your team, you can't win the game if you walk off the field at half-time. That's precisely what the Democratic Party wants America to do in Iraq. Forget the fact that we've made remarkable progress under daunting conditions: The Dems are looking to throw the game just to embarrass the Bush administration.

An email circulating among U.S. Marines

>From the Mountain Man..this is a great update. Enjoy guys.

Hello to all my fellow gunners, military buffs, veterans and interested guys. A couple of weekends ago I got to spend time with my son Jordan, who was on his first leave since returning from Iraq. He is well (a little thin), and already bored. He will be returning to Iraq for a second tour in early '06 and has already re-enlisted early for 4 more years. He loves the Marine Corps and is actually looking forward to returning to Iraq.

Jordan spent 7 months at "Camp Blue Diamond" in Ramadi. Aka: Fort Apache. He saw and did a lot and the following is what he told me about weapons, equipment, tactics and other miscellaneous info which may be of interest to you. Nothing is by any means classified. No politics here, just a Marine with a bird's eye view's opinions:

Republicans In Free Fall? By John Podhoretz

New York Post

REPUBLICANS IN FREE FALL?

By JOHN PODHORETZ
November 11, 2005

SOME writers and thinkers on the Right are casting the results of Tuesday's election in very dark terms indeed — as worrisome for Republicans, if not more so, than even some gleeful Lefties have sought to claim.

On this page yesterday, Robert Novak said of Democrat Tim Kaine's victory in the Virginia governor's race, "For a liberal Virginian to win a Southern red state signaled that cherished Republican majorities in both House and Senate, plus all the perquisites they entail, could be lost in 2006. Eyeing the Democratic landslide in suburban northern Virginia just over the Potomac from Washington that gave Lt. Gov. Kaine the governorship, Republicans in Congress envision their own doom."

If Novak's report is accurate, then the Republicans on Capitol Hill are in the grip of unreasoning hysteria — because everything in the sentence I just quoted has been true in Virginia since November 2001.

The CIA Disinformation Campaign By Jed Babbin

The CIA Disinformation Campaign
By Jed Babbin

Published 11/8/2005 12:09:28 AM

The CIA's disinformation campaign against President Bush -- headlined in the Wilson/Plame affair -- is more jujitsu than karate. Instead of applying your own force to defeat your opponent, you turn his energy and momentum against him and bring him down. The CIA, as much or more than the State Department, didn't support President Bush's decision to invade Iraq. And to discredit that decision, it appears the CIA first chose an unspeakably unqualified political activist for a sham intelligence mission, structured it so that the results would be utterly public, and then -- when the activist resumed his publicity-hound activity -- demanded and achieved a high-profile criminal investigation into White House activities that resulted, so far, in the indictment of the Vice President's chief of staff. It's time for the Justice Department -- or, better yet, for the Senate Intelligence Committee -- to investigate the Wilson/Plame sham. Not only was the Wilson mission to Niger a sham, but the CIA's demand for an investigation of Robert Novak's outing of Valerie Plame may itself have been a criminal act.

Investigate the CIA By Victoria Toensing

The Wall Street Journal

November 3, 2005

COMMENTARY

Investigate the CIA
By VICTORIA TOENSING
November 3, 2005; Page A12

In a surprise, closed-door debate, Senate Democrats demanded an investigation of pre-Iraq War intelligence. Here's an issue for them: Assess the validity of the claim that Valerie Plame's status was "covert," or even properly classified, given the wretched tradecraft by the Central Intelligence Agency throughout the entire episode. It was, after all, the CIA that requested the "leak" investigation, alleging that one of its agents had been outed in Bob Novak's July 14, 2003, column. Yet it was the CIA's bizarre conduct that led inexorably to Ms. Plame's unveiling.

Obstruction for What? - Editorial

The Wall Street Journal

REVIEW & OUTLOOK

Obstruction for What?

October 29, 2005; Page A10

Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation took nearly two years, sent a reporter to
jail, cost millions of dollars and preoccupied some of the White House's
senior officials. The fruit it has now borne is the five-count indictment of
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's Chief of Staff -- not for
leaking the name of Valerie Plame to Robert Novak, which started this entire
"scandal," but for contradictions between his testimony and the testimony of
two or three reporters about what he told them, when he told them, and what
words he used.

Annan Is Mum -- New York Sun Staff Editorial

Annan Is Mum

October 20, 2005

Secretary General Annan is refusing to comment to the press on the decision of the world body to give a platform to one of the world's most repressive dictators, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, to compare President Bush and Prime Minister Blair to Hitler and Mussolini. Maybe Congress can get him to say something as it continues its probe as to why America is funding the world body. Let Congress ask about the applause that greeted Mr. Mugabe at the U.N. conference this week in Rome in connection with the 60th birthday of the Food and Agriculture Organization. Not only did Mr. Mugabe compare President Bush and Prime Minister Blair to Hitler and Mussolini but he called them "international terrorists." It pumped the crowd.

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