Tuesday, July 20, 2004

The Makings of A Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy?

In the past few days the Bush Administration has seen the sudden collapse of many of its most vocal critics of the past year. Joseph Wilson, the man sent to Niger to investigate claims that Iraq had tried to purchase Yellowcake, who subsequently became a media hero and a Kerry advisor by claiming the Bush Administration had misled the public, has been outed and disgraced as a liar by the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report, the Butler Report, and the Roberts Report. Now we have learned that Sandy Berger, a Kerry advisor and Bill Clinton's National Security Advisor, took classified documents pertaining to the September 11th investigation from the National Archives. It is now breaking that some of these documents were written by Richard Clarke who also became a darling of the left and the media with his testimony and book that made outrageous (and mostly false) accusations against the Bush Administration and their fight against terror.

Mr. Berger and his attorney stated that Mr. Berger:

knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket, pants and socks, and also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio.

Sandy Berger has chalked the whole thing up to sloppiness:

"I deeply regret the sloppiness involved, but I had no intention of withholding documents from the commission, and to the contrary, to my knowledge, every document requested by the commission from the Clinton administration was produced,"

How exactly is the stuffing of classified documents in his jacket, pants and socks "sloppiness"? Yes, and Joe Wilson was just "sloppy" with the truth.

Until more details of the investigation are released the scope of the fall out will be hard to judge. The September 11th Commission is downplaying the events, as one would expect, to try to shore up the already tattered report that will be released on Thursday.

For their part, the Democrats are trying to portray the fact that this information was made public three days before the September 11th report is due to be released as some discredit to the Bush administration. The chutzpah it takes to try to cover a member of the Clinton Administration stuffing classified information pertaining to an active investigation into his pants, socks, and jacket and taking them illegally by pushing some sort of blame to the Bush Administration is almost too much to believe.

Is anyone in the Democratic Party buying this? How can the "Bush Lied" crowd defend or explain this? Michael Moore, how about a film about the lies told by the administration's detractors and the media's complicity in their lies? The President and his administration have for the past year had their character dragged through the mud day after day by people lie Joe Wilson, Richard Clarke, Sandy Berger and John Kerry. The media has been more than happy to report every lie they have uttered. Will any of them have the character to apologize? Don't hold your breath.

Drudge has done a good job of compiling the big media's responses to the Berger story.