The media and the Democrat Congress is having conniption fits because they think that the Evil Bush Administration (TM) had a secret program to kill terrorist leaders and they didn’t bother to tell Congress about it. The Wall Street Journal this morning will be disappointing the Bush Derangement Syndrome crowd with their article “CIA had secret Al Qaeda Plan“;
Republicans on the panel say that the CIA effort didn’t advance to a point where Congress clearly should have been notified.
So all it was is a plan – an idea. It was an attempt to comply with the president’s finding that we needed to take the war to the leaders of Al Qaeda.
The official noted that Congress had long been briefed on the finding, and that the CIA effort wasn’t so much a program as “many ideas suggested over the course of years.” It hadn’t come close to fruition, he added.
Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said little had been spent on the efforts — closer to $1 million than $50 million. “The idea for this kind of program was tossed around in fits and starts,” he said.
Senior CIA leaders were briefed two or three times on the most recent iteration of the initiative, the last time in the spring of 2008. At that time, CIA brass said that the effort should be narrowed and that Congress should be briefed if the preparations reached a critical stage, a former senior intelligence official said.
So part of the planning included briefing Congress when it came to the point that the plan was going to be implemented.
Some officials who advocated the approach were seeking to build teams of CIA and military Special Forces commandos to emulate what the Israelis did after the Munich Olympics terrorist attacks, said another former intelligence official.
“It was straight out of the movies,” one of the former intelligence officials said. “It was like: Let’s kill them all.”
Movies? Isn’t life exactly like movies? What should be the message we send to terrorists who murder innocent people? “Let’s tickle them all?”
The former official said he had been told that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney didn’t support such an operation. The effort appeared to die out after about six months, he said.
Oh, no! Bush and Cheney didn’t support the operation? But that doesn’t fit the narrative! Look, fellas, if we’re going to have an evil plot against Congress, we’re going to need Bush and Cheney involved, otherwise, how will we ever be able to impeach them? Um, retroactively?
If I was going to have an operation against the nation’s enemies and I needed to keep it secret, I wouldn’t tell the drama queen, leaky Democrats until the last possible moment either.