Friday, April 7, 2006

Going Nowhere

The New York Times picks up on the Scooter-Cheney-Bush leak story:

Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff testified that he was authorized by President Bush, through Mr. Cheney, in July 2003 to disclose key parts of what until then was a classified prewar intelligence estimate on Iraq, according to a new court filing.

The testimony by the former official, I. Lewis Libby Jr., cited in a court filing by the government made late Wednesday, provides an indication that Mr. Bush, who has long criticized leaks of secret information as a threat to national security, may have played a direct role in authorizing disclosure of the intelligence report on Iraq.

Permit me to throw a little cold water on my fellow bloggers who are saying that this is the straw that will break the camel’s back and finally bring down the Bush administration in flames.

Not gonna happen.

There will be no inquiry by the press who sat through a White House briefing staring at Scott McClellan like a herd of Shropshire sheep. The Congress will certainly not investigate this, and it will not revitalize Sen. Feingold’s censure motion. Impeachment? No way.

This isn’t because it isn’t worth looking into. As I said yesterday, even if the president can legally declassify anything he wants, that doesn’t make it right, especially if the motive is for political revenge. But in the culture of win-at-any-cost that runs Capitol Hill politics, the administration’s defenders will never acknowledge that Mr. Bush can ever do anything wrong, and within this mindset — the “we’re at war and therefore anything goes” — the warriors are saying that the enemy is anyone that doesn’t follow along in the lockstep of the administration. They will set up a cornfield full of straw man arguments to make everything seem perfectly normal. Move on, nothing to see here.

We have yet to see the level at which the Republicans will say “enough is enough” with this administration, and if disclosing state secrets to cover your ass in the press doesn’t do it (but a blowjob does), nothing will.