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Somebody Had Their Wheaties…


Someone at the Chicago Tribune had their Wheaties this morning.  (Or, really, last night before the paper went to bed…but you know what I mean…):

Vice President Dick Cheney is among the most secretive members of the Bush administration. But he’s been in his bunker long enough. It’s time for him to answer some questions–and not in the friendly venue of Fox News.

Given the allegations about his role in the surreptitious disclosure of classified information related to the war in Iraq, Americans have a right to hear his story. The best way to get it is by an unscripted news conference in which the vice president confronts all the questions that have been raised. For him to remain silent amid the current turmoil suggests that he–or the president–has something to hide.

Cheney has long been suspected of involvement in revealing the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame–whose husband, Joseph Wilson, had publicly disputed the Bush administration on Saddam Hussein’s supposed attempts to obtain uranium for nuclear weapons….

So someone is lying. It could be that Libby acted on his own in leaking the information. It could be that Cheney told him to do so without the president’s approval. Or it could be that Bush was behind the leak. Those are questions that the Cheney ought to step forward and answer, along with questions about the unmasking of Plame….

Boo yah. That’s a huge step forward for a conservative newspaper that normally functions as Karl’s megaphone.  (E&P has more here.) 

Although, now that I mention it, Karl’s name is suspiciously absent from the editorial. Hmmmmmm…that does make a girl wonder, now doesn’t it?  Internecine warfare, anyone?

UPDATE:  What does it say about the lack of factual reporting from the AP, when even Dana Milbank manages to get it mostly correct today?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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