Remember when the New York Times started printing stories about the White House strategy against terrorism, based on classified intelligence that had been leaked to reporters?
The Left was incensed when Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives deduced that the leaks could only be coming from the White House, that the information was probably being leaked to try to create an image of King Obama as tough on terror and boost his re-election chances.
Fox commentator Bob Beckel said, “If I was Juan Williams, I’d wake up next to Michelle Malkin with a shotgun” because of Malkin’s suggestion that the leaks were coming from the White House and possibly Obama himself.
That was then. This is now.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on Monday at a World Affairs Council forum that the White House was the source of the classified intelligence leaks.
“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” said Feinstein.
On Tuesday, Feinstein tried to backtrack and said she shouldn’t have “speculated.” But the djinni was out of the bottle.
Mitt Romney agreed with Feinstein’s assessment, calling for a “full and prompt investigation” by a special counsel.
Malkin got in a swipe and publicly asked Beckel if he thought Feinstein should wake up next to a shotgun as well.
Attorney General Eric Holder, he of Fast and Furious fame, has appointed two attorneys to “investigate” the leaks. Republicans are pressing for an independent investigation.
“This conduct is contemptible,” Romney said of the leaks “It betrays our national interest. It compromises our men and women in the field. And it demands a full and prompt investigation by a special prosecutor, with explanation and consequence.”
The New York Times sparked the furor when it ran a story about Obama deciding to step up cyber attacks against Iran, along with stories about his “kill lists” of prominent terrorists.
Even Feinstein can’t continue to cover for this administration, which seems to break a different law every day. The fact that she publicly tried to distance herself from her statement about the White House means nothing.
Feinstein is one of the craftier people in the Democratic Party, and you can bet she knew what she was doing when she outed the White House. Anything else she says is just her way of making sure she stays on the A-list for all the San Francisco social events.
It’s long past time this administration was investigated. Congress needs to jump on this. Spilling national secrets in an attempt to garner votes is beyond crass and desperate.