An Unrepentant White House
The campaign to undermine Wilson showed the White House's obsession with quelling any dispute over the rationale for the Iraq war. And no wonder; the rationale was more rickety than anyone would realize at the time.But, Scott insists that Wilson's accusations against the administration were wild, not vice versa.
"There were irresponsible and unfounded accusations being made against the administration, suggesting that we had manipulated or misused that intelligence," said White House press secretary Scott McClellan. "Because of the public debate that was going on and some of the wild accusations that were flying around at the time, we felt it was very much in the public interest that what information could be declassified be declassified. And that's exactly what we did."In other words, we ratted her out and we'd do it again, if necessary.
And, what exactly did the president and vice president direct Libby to leak?
A portion of a classified prewar document in which US intelligence agencies declared Iraq was "vigorously trying to procure'' uranium. Libby's leaks were the beginning of an emerging White House strategy: Blame the CIA for providing the White House with a faulty premise for going to war.Time to stop beating around the Bush. This is treason.