Hats off to the Washington Post for its editorial yesterday on the White House’s politicization of the NSA warrantless wiretapping story. The silence of editorial boards since Karl Rove decided to make a sensitive national security program the subject of a national campaign has been deafening.
But there’s an important question that hasn’t been asked: Has Karl Rove been briefed about this sensitive program?
If Rove has been briefed about it then the White House has more questions to answer. Why does someone who is currently under investigation for leaking sensitive information have access to a program so sensitive that the President is refusing to consider a change in the law because doing so would “tell the enemy what we’re doing“? Why was Rove breifed and not elected members of Congress that serve on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees?
If Rove has not been briefed on the program – and there is no reason why he should have been briefed – then you have to wonder: why is he urging people to spend the next 11 months campaigning about a program about which he knows nothing other than what has been in the press? (Right-wing unity is legendary, of course, but I wonder if they will sign up for a campaign about a program that the President won’t even tell them about.)
These are questions that the White House will be very reluctant to address. But that doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t ask.