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The Orwellian Worldview of Bush-haters–where Releasing Facts Means Having Something to Hide

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:39 pm - April 6, 2006.
Filed under: Bush-hatred

A few weeks ago, Patrick (Gryph) responded to Bruce’s surprise at Log Cabin’s decision to feature Andrew Sullivan at its “convention” later this month, by providing a list of conservative and libertarian policy proposals that Andrew claims to support, a list of proposals which, to a large extent, corresponds to my own views. As I read that list, I wondered why if Andrew support these proposals, he spends so much time bashing the president and so little time promoting these things. (Perhaps he’s saving that for his book.*)

In a post today, it seems that Andrew, like many he once reviled, has become so consumed with hatred for George W. Bush that he will spin any news story to show the president in the worst possible light. Today, he contends that the latest revelations in the investigation of former Vice-Presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby indicate that Bush is “Nailed”. But as Tom Maguire (Just One Minute) puts it, “Either Andrew Sullivan can’t read, or he can’t write.”

I agree with the New York Sun‘s Josh Gerstein that this “disclosure could be awkward for the president because it places him, for the first time, directly in a chain of events that led to a meeting where prosecutors contend the identity of a CIA employee, Valerie Plame, was provided to a reporter.” (Via Powerline.) But, this does not nail the president in the least. It merely shows him authorizing the release of information which would serve to discredit a dishonest critic — former Ambassador Joe Wilson.

In his piece, Andrew attempts to rewrite history by asking, “Who really cared about Joseph Wilson’s op-ed?” Um, Andrew, the MSM and the Democrats were all over the story. Or as an astute GayPatriot reader noted, this was “the major media story of that summer.” Wilson worked for a presidential candidate, the man Andrew would endorse in ’04 — John Kerry. (To be fair to Andrew, after the Senate Intelligence Committee discredited Wilson, that dishonest man lost his job for the Democratic nominee. So Wilson was not working for Kerry when Andrew issued his official endorsement of Wilson’s one-time boss.)

As Tom Maguire puts it:

we *don’t know* what Cheney and Bush discussed before Bush authorized the partial disclosure of the NIE. President Bush may have been vitally interested specifically in discrediting Joe Wilson (and rebutting one’s critics is not a crime); he may not have heard that name, and simply authorized the disclosure to help with the White House side of the press coverage.

All we have here is the president doing what he has the “legal right” to do — declassifying information which shows that the “consensus estimate” of intelligence agencies in October 2002 was at odds with Joe Wilson’s posturing. While Andrew may think the president has been “nailed,” in reality all he was trying to do was get the facts out. And thus quite the opposite of someone feeling, as that blogger puts it, that “he had a lot to hide.” To some, it seems the president is always trying to hide something even when he authorizes the release of documents upon which the president based his past decisions.

But, I guess to those who (the facts notwithstanding) believe that “Bush Lied,” any disclosure which contradicts their dogma amounts to having something to hide.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest):

(H/t: Tom Maguire via Glenn Reynolds & Powerline.)

WELCOME INSTAPUNDIT READERS! While you’re here, take a moment and browse around to what has been called “probably the most reliably conservative gay blog on the Internet.” And you might want to check out my latest where I take issue with Log Cabin for preferring the rhetoric of the gay left to the ideals of conservatives and libertarians.

* I will be trying to get review copy of this book and hope it’s as good as his previous book
Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival
which I recommended here. I may well experience Andrew’s next book as I experienced that one. I recall souring on Andrew’s writings in the mid-1990s; he seemed then so caught up in the ethos of gay culture that he was losing his iconoclastic (and insightful) voice. I all but stopped reading his stuff. Then, one day, in a D.C. bookstore, I picked up this book, started reading and found Andrew’s prose so engaging, I ended up buying it so I could, as Glenn Reynolds would say, read the whole thing.

UPDATE: In a post I read just after I finished writing this one, Powerline’s Paul writes that the information which the president agreed to release “was not about Valerie Plame.

UP-UPDATE: Captain Ed explains why the President released the information:

Because Joe Wilson had busied himself by spreading misinformation via leaks to Nick Kristof and Walter Pincus, and then finally under his own by-line at the New York Times twelve days prior to the release of the NIE information. The media had demanded answers to the charges leveled by Wilson and his supporters, and those answers were found in the NIE. The decision to declassify it and publish it came as a result of that demand. Once the decision is made to declassify information, it can be released in any number of ways. This was both leaked and openly presented in the same fortnight.

Adding that the president

declassified the NIE so that everyone could see what exactly the intelligence services had told him about Iraq’s WMD programs. Now everyone wants to proclaim George Bush a criminal for releasing the information that the entire media establishment demanded he reveal.

UP-UP-UPDATE: Austin Bay: “The flap is yet more evidence that the national press is more interested in playing ‘gotcha’ with the Bush Administration than reporting the news.” Via Glenn with whom I agree: Read the whole thing.



  1. Well, I admit that the President released classifed info for “political gain” – to refute Wilson´s lies, then again I remember the press demanding that the facts regarding the issue be made public. What´s Orwellian is that the facts are irrelevant: national security was not hurt by revealing that Valerie worked for the CIA, Wilson was not sent by the VP´s office, and the controversial 16 words are a not-so-well known fact.
    If we want to stick to leaks, was Wilson´s trip to Niger unclassified? And who told him that the Niger document was a forgery?

    Comment by blubi — April 8, 2006 @ 8:48 am - April 8, 2006

  2. No reasonable person can read these excerpts from a Joe Wilson lecture and believe him to be anything other than a complete partisan hack and a Mega-a**hole: The Real Joe Wilson

    As for the wiretaps, it’s easy to prove that they are both legal and prudent simply by pointing out that no Democrat in the Senate has moved to stop them. Instead, they are putting up a purely political censure motion.

    Comment by V the K — April 8, 2006 @ 10:04 am - April 8, 2006

  3. Push push in the Bush

    James Taranto muses on the latest turn in the Plame affair. From WSJ's Best of the Web: If you'd told us earlier this week that the Valerie Plame kerfuffle was about to turn even sillier, we wouldn't have believed you. But it has. This s…

    Trackback by protein wisdom — April 8, 2006 @ 11:52 am - April 8, 2006

  4. ThatGayConservative — April 7, 2006 @ 9:30 pm – April 7, 2006

    What? The Reinigung Frau is back?

    Reinigung Frau? Was bedeutet das?

    You really shouldn’t attempt to use a Fremdsprache, when you don’t understand it.

    Comment by raj — April 9, 2006 @ 5:29 pm - April 9, 2006

  5. A New Low

    It seems like every time the President tours America making anew the discredited case for justifying war in Iraq, the rhetoric-weary American people place him at all time lows. Maybe, just maybe, it’s because the American people are as smart…

    Trackback by Grantham — April 10, 2006 @ 8:41 am - April 10, 2006

  6. We dont call them “assualt rifles” anymore. They are “homeland defense rifles” now 🙂

    Comment by homeland defense rifles — November 1, 2006 @ 4:55 am - November 1, 2006

  7. this man kills our kids in a meaningless war and waste our hard earned money and on top of that he steals our freedom and our rights u poeple cant even be married in our countrys name because its gets him votes from old fag haters we cant even smoke weed wtf but we can drink and and send 18 year olds in a 3rd world country with bad training and bad armor they have to buy there own bullet proof vest for crying out loud so they can make more money off this whole thing its but yet he is a good man right we aint free here in canada and nietherlands those ppl are free not us we live only for corp. and u all let it happen even when ur being pushed around more then the rest of us pull ur heads out of ur rear and find the truth cuz the poor kid who went to iraq to support his family and died from a lack of armor cuz he sent money to his kids instead he knows the truth but his dead and its to late this is happening 28 more of them died today poor training and bad tactics are to blame on top of the fact that we shouldnt be there in the first place lets get realand lets not forget he says the world is fine and no need for corps to cut poluiton yea….. say that to the people alive 50 years from now and they will probly beat the shit out of u look around bush is destorying our world and our lifes dont be bind to this wake up for our future the world depends on us

    Comment by alex — January 21, 2007 @ 3:24 pm - January 21, 2007

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