CLASSIFIED INFORMATION & NEWSPAPER CORRESPONDENTS; & LEAKS...
They, leaks, were sometimes not permissible.
The National security leaks being on the front page of newspapers constitute a serious threat to the United States.
Newspaper correspondents are looking for "scoops" all the time to boost the circulation of those newspapers; and some will use any report to build their own image and to gain accreditation among their peers and from their employers.
They may be working for a famous newspaper, but they are also in business to enhance their reputation as professional writers; and some will say for fame or even for money.
So, they are very good at what they do; and that is no crime, but to dabble in matters affecting the nation's security for that purpose must not be taken for granted; as when details of classified information of "what it described as a U.S. cyberattack targeting Iran's nuclear centrifuge program," and throwing that into the public domain leaves much to be desired.
Also that "the administration's efforts to expand its drone program and Obama's involvement in "kill lists" against militants in Yemen and Pakistan." are all classified information that must not be put out at random; and newspaper representatives doing so must be held accountable.
They will be forced to reveal their sources, and refusing to do so can send them to prison; yet, such is a professional risk that some of them are willing to take; but sometimes, their actions tend to interfere with the workings of the government. That is what is at stake, regarding the present slew of leaks that have infuriated members of the U.S. Congress.
President Barack Obama has denied that such leaks had come out of his campaign or the White House, and that he found that to be "offensive", as he maintained that his administration has "zero tolerance" for those of his staff indulging in activities of that kind.
The accusations were coming from Sen. John McCain, Rep. Peter King and others; and they were even asking for a special counsel to handle the investigation, though, the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed two high level attorneys to investigate the issue, and the FBI has its own arm of investigators looking into the matter.
The country could not be more satisfied, if all those investigations could result in stopping the leaks and bringing those responsible to justice, if that was necessary.
However, to say that the president or his staffers were doing so to "build up his reputation" in view of the November 2012 general election would be uncalled for.
"It's obvious on its face that this information came from individuals who are in the administration," McCain said on CNN's "State of the Union." Meaning that the leaks had come out for political reasons.
"He's trying to be like George Patton or John Wayne," Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News.
Such statements seemed a little bit of jumping to conclusions, when they were clamoring for all types of investigation into who was responsible. Though, they might be doing so in good faith, some would say that they were rather on a political witch-hunt to get the president, especially, when he was defending his presidency against a member of their party, The Republican Party.
Truly, the leaks should not have come out, but what made the reactions of those Republican leaders suspect was the way they were conducting themselves; that to topple Obama was to bring up a big scandal against him (Obama) on behalf of their candidate, former Gov. Mitt Romney.
If that should be the case, then what were elections for; and as so much taxpayer money was being spent on the 2012 presidential election, tax payers must shell out another huge amount for investigations, whose results (because there were many) were to remove the Obama government.
Besides, he, Obama, was demonstrating it in plain view of the whole world that U.S. National security was first and foremost subject that he was focusing on, by getting rid of terrorists leaders, and rendering the notorious Al Qaeda terror group hapless.
As Commander-In-Chief of the U.S. armed forces, he has brought Bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11th New York and Washington D.C. attacks to justice; he has ended the war in Iraq and he was pursuing all of America's enemies around the world.
He has Iran's nuclear program and the North Korean ambition to develop one in his sights, and he was dealing with those problems accordingly, by using diplomacy, though he has not taken military action off the table (with respect to Iran); and much, much more.
He was effectively doing the job that he was assigned to do, when he was elected in 2008; and therefore, there was no need for any type of leaks to publicize what he was up to, "to make him look good," as his opponents wanted the American people to believe.
In a nutshell, those investigations have been requested by a bi-partisan group in Congress; they should be allowed to take their course, and "to let the chips fall where they may".
Republican leaders should not attempt to make the minds of voters for them; not even children should be treated in that fashion. They, voters, were capable of doing so for themselves; come election day, November 6th, 2012. Some of them might not be Democrats or Obama's supporters; but they should be afforded the right to decide, who should lead the country.