Thursday | July 24, 2003
Bush cabal trying to smear Durbin
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has been skewering the administration for its "16-word Lie", spurring the White House smear machine into action.
According to Durbin, an unnamed staffer in the White House press office told reporters that some senators were disturbed by his public statement blaming White House staffers for not removing the claim despite warnings from the CIA. He said that the “White House press operation started floating the story that there were senators … who were asking for my removal from the Senate Intelligence Committee because [of] the statements that I made.”The smear machine tactics of this administration really do smell of desperation, don't they?
But Durbin isn't backing down. On the contrary, he's fighting fire with fire:
At Durbin’s request, the Intelligence Committee will investigate whether administration officials compromised the identity of Wilson’s wife.Partisanship aside, the outing of a CIA agent harms not just the agent herself, but all her sources and any operations in which she participated. That Roberts is aboard the inquiry is quite telling. Posted July 24, 2003 01:52 PM