Monday, December 19, 2005

Surveillance of Suspected Terrorosts: Have We Reached A Turning Point?

John McIntyre at Real Clear Politics thinks by pushing the "Bush spied on Americans" story the Democrats will have overreached and may well pay a big price for it:

[T]he Democrats still do not grasp that foreign affairs and national
security issues are their vulnerabilities, not their strengths. All of the
drumbeat about Iraq, spying, and torture that the left thinks is so damaging to
the White House are actually positives for the President and Republicans.
Apparently, Democrats still have not fully grasped that the public has profound
and long-standing concerns about their ability to defend the nation. . . .

One of the major problems working against Democrats is many on their side
appear to be rooting for failure in Iraq and publicly ridicule the idea that we
actually might win. When this impression is put in context of the debate over
eavesdropping or the Patriot Act, Democrats run the significant risk of being
perceived to be more concerned with the enemy’s rights than protecting ordinary
Americans. This is a loser for Democrats. . . .

If Democrats want to make this spying “outrage” a page one story they
are fools walking right into a trap. Now that this story is out and the security
damage is already done, let’s have a full investigation into exactly who the
President spied on and why. Let’s also find out who leaked this highly
classified information and prosecute them to the full extent of the law. If the
president is found to have broken the law and spied on political opponents or
average Americans who had nothing to do with terrorism, then Bush should be
impeached and convicted.

I agree. Let's get all this out in the open. And let's see if the MSM and the Democrats are as interested in having this leaker brought to justice as they were in seeing the Valerie Plame leaker prosecuted.


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