Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that the April NIE regarding Iraq and terrorism should be declassified sooner rather than later, even taking into account that Porter Goss and John Negroponte have no doubt done everything within their power to keep the text as Republican-friendly as possible. Expect plenty of tomfoolery for the right blogosphere to get excited about. Still, there are only so many ways to cook a turd. One way or the other the nation’s intelligence agencies have to acknowledge the obvious.
All that being said, it seems odd that Sen. Intelligence Committee chair Pat Roberts (R-KS) jumped on the declassification bandwagon practically before anybody else. Roberts’s toadying pretty much redefines the word. I doubt that there exists a legislator in DC more slavishly devoted to the interests of the White House, so when Pat Roberts and I agree on something it usually means that I am misinformed. October surprise? Did somebody secretly replace Pat Roberts with Folgers Crystals (TM)? Who knows. But it’s creepy.
Oh, I get it. There are actually two documents. The report on Iraq, which apparently produced the juicy quotes about the war making the threat of terrorism worse, will never see the light of day. This other report, however, certainly covers much friendlier ground. No doubt they plan to pull a bait-and-switch where the government releases document #2 and then tries to discredit the media outlets when the GOP-friendly text in doc #2 disagrees with the reports based on doc #1. Surprise!
If the media was better at their job they would demand that the president declassify both reports, not just the one that he wants to declassify. But they’re not. I give the scam a ninety percent chance of working flawlessly.