All weekend, we’d be hearing how upset Democrats were about a CIA program the Bush Administration kept secret from Congress. With the high dudgeon typical of their criticism of Bush, they made it seem this was some program which violated the constitution, infringed on our civil liberties and just plain showed what horrible, no good very bad people was the former president and his evil lieutenant Darth Cheney.
Government officials say the secret intelligence program canceled by CIA Director Leon Panetta in June was meant to find and kill or capture al-Qaida leaders at close range rather than target them with air strikes.
Guess the CIA didn’t leak this one to the New York Times because, well, it would be tough to this one against Bush, Cheney or their team, you know, showing them having a secret plan to get America’s enemies.
If the Democrats want to investigate this program, I say, “Bring it on!” Let’s hold public hearings on this. You know the kind of transparency their party’s presiential promised in his bid for the White House, but has been increasingly loath to fulfill once there.