Bill Bennett brings up a point that I had not even thought of when I first read the transcript of the Sen. Rockefeller interview:
Yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, the following exchange took place between Chris Wallace and U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
WALLACE: Now, the President never said that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. As you saw, you did say that. If anyone hyped the intelligence, isn’t it Jay Rockefeller?
SEN. ROCKEFELLER: No. The ? I mean, this question is asked a thousand times and I’ll be happy to answer it a thousand times. I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq ? that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11.
While Democrats in Washington are berating the White House for having prewar intelligence wrong, a high-profile U.S. senator, member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, who has a name more internationally recognizable than Richard Cheney’s, tells two putative allies (Saudi Arabia and Jordan) and an enemy who is allied with Saddam Hussein (Syria) that the United States was going to war with Iraq. This is not a prewar intelligence mistake, it is a prewar intelligence giveaway.
Syria is not only on the list of state sponsors of terrorism and the country many speculate is where Hussein has secreted weapons, it is also the country from which terrorists are flowing into Iraq to fight our troops and allies. Jordan and Saudi Arabia have had, over the years, conflicted loyalties. What was Senator Rockefeller doing? What was hel thinking? And all this before President Bush even made a public speech about Iraq ? to the U.N. or anyone else.
We can have our umpteenth investigation into what the White House knew and when it knew it about Iraqi weapons ? we will find the same answer: It knew what President Clinton, Sandy Berger, Madeline Albright, and William Cohen knew when they made speeches about the dangers of Iraq in the late 1990s and when President Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act. How about an investigation, now, into what exactly Senator Jay Rockefeller told Syria and just what Syria might have done with the information made available to them presumably before it was made available to the U.N., the Senate, or the American people.
Senators and congressmen don’t have to agree with their president’s policies, and they should make the president robustly defend his policies ? but they should not be acting as if they are the president or secretary of state; they should not be tipping off sometimes friends and definitive enemies about war plans that not even the president has yet made as policy. This is the true mockery of prewar intelligence, and Senator Rockefeller should fully explain his actions.
If Syria ? or elements in Saudi Arabia ? began acting on this information before we even went to war in Iraq (more than a year later), then Senator Rockefeller may have seriously harmed, impeded, and hindered our war efforts, our troops, and the entire operation in the Middle East. This should be investigated immediately; and perhaps Senator Rockefeller should step down from the Intelligence Committee until an investigation is complete.
Here’s a good question. Did the information Syria received from Rockefeller cause the Syrians to accelerate their co-operation in moving WMD’s from Iraq to Syria before the imminent US invasion?
Will the MSM ask this question? I think we all know the answer to that one.
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Mark A. Kilmer
Did the information Syria received from Rockefeller cause the Syrians to accelerate their co-operation in moving WMD’s from Iraq to Syria before the imminent US invasion?
What Jay Rockefeller (Democrat) did by tipping off the Syrians about US plans to attach Iraq 1-yr. before we did was pure treason. They then told Saddam who shipped them over to Syria before we did attack. This explains why the Democrats have been so focussed on blaming Bush for not finding the WMD’s. This is all part of their liberal agenda to destroy America from within.
Yeah, that interview was great, about time we saw a interviewer smack down some of these idiots.
Hopefully we’re both wrong and someone will start making a stink out of the fact that Rockefeller gave away intelligence to our enemies.
I was going to blog on the Wallace-Rockefeller exchange on Fox News Sunday, but the transcript doesn’t convey the same sense of smackdown that the actual program did.
But if you read the whole thing, Wallace effectively neuters every single one of Rockefellers talking points.
I found the Syria connection troubling too. But since Joe Wilson isn’t out there to raise cain about it, I doubt any action will be taken.