If you want to have some fun this weekend, go watch how conservative writer John Podhoretz plays "Twister" with the whole Bush-Cheney-Libby leak of NIE classified information. Wonder that he hasn't herniated himself.
Then again, maybe you're just not that into watching others inflict pain on themselves.
Here's the thing. Whether or not you want to play around with the distinction between de-classifying classified information, and "leaking" classified information, it seems clear that Bush and Cheney's actions in this matter were motivated by one thing: a desire to discredit a credible critic of their Administration.
And folks, if they're willing to go to those extremes – releasing classified intelligence information in order to fight back against reasonable criticism from a former U.S. Ambassador – how can anyone harbor doubts about this Administration's true motivations for eavesdropping and wire tapping U.S. citizens without going through legal channels to obtain proper warrants.
Bill Clinton played loose with language when he claimed he "did not have sexual relations with that woman," but that hardly compares to parsing the line between treason and legal declassification of classified security information.
The White House bucket has a hole – at the top.