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Thursday, April 20, 2006

"I'm the Decider!"

Re. the declassified document which outed undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame, a Wall Street Journal editorial stated, "Mr. Bush was divulging the truth" (4/8-9?06). This is extraordinary. If the President is going to declassify anything, then why not do so in an official document or press conference? We have procedures to declassify documents, and doing so anonymously to a reporter is not the accepted conduit.

Further, the WSJ states, "No one disputes that the President has the authority to declassify documents or to authorize the disclosure of secret information." Indeed, one does not question his authority; one questions his motives. As Bush so brashly stated in a recent defense of Donald Rumsfeld: "I'm the decider,and I decide what's best." In this statement, one can picture the petulant child declaring his sovereignty over a schoolyard game. Sadly, this game has deadly repurcussions.

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