“Bring It On”

Ken AshfordCongress, Republicans, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

sez Matt, and I think he’s right:

This effort to launch a probe, not of Bush’s secret torture prisons but if who spilled the beans on the secret torture prisons is, of course, absurd and shameful. So I agree with Lindsey Graham:

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said: "Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. The real story is those jails."

But I also agree with the next graf:

More generally, Republicans suggested it is unwise to pick a fight with the media over an issue that exposes so many political vulnerabilities for their party.

It’ll be a real shame if Dana Priest — one of the best reporters out there — winds up needing to do hard time over this. But with my partisan hat on, the reality is that the gambit in question is bound to backfire. The political subtext of the Plame Case was that it shed light on the broader issue of manipulation of intelligence. The only broader issue illuminated by this proposed investigation is the existence of a network of illegal, secret torture facilities.