November 16, 2004

big fight...

It looks like the first big struggle of the new term is going to be an attempt to clean out the stables at CIA and State. It's a battle well worth fighting, and I wish the President well. It won't be easy. The Old Media is already filling up with stories about how the "hard-liners" are destroying the agencies and trampling on all the tender delicate flowers with their big fascist Republican boots. And of course, "failing to reach-out." (Republicans are always supposed to "reach out." Democrats, France and Germany, China, the Palestinians, lefty bureaucrats; they're never chided for not reaching out.)

It occurs to me that it is very smart to take on both these agencies at once. It will be all the more clear to the public what is going on, as the same kind of leaks come simultaneously from State and CIA, and are breathlessly repeated by the same news sources and pundits.

Posted by John Weidner at November 16, 2004 9:15 AM
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