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Did Blabbermouth Feinstein Spill Secrets?

When reporters asked President Franklin Roosevelt where Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's raiders launched their daring 1942 raid on the Japanese mainland, he puckishly answered, “from our new secret base at Shangri-La.”


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Contrast Roosevelt's slyness with Sen. Diane Feinstein's recent comment regarding the secret location of the launch sites for Predator hunter/killer drones — “As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base.”

Sen. Feinstein's defense for discussing this highly sensitive information, that she was only repeating what she read in the papers, is greatly unconvincing.

It is true that the Washington Post first reported Predators operating out of bases in Pakistan, and the senator's flak catcher Philip J. LaVelle says that this report was what she was referring to. But there is a difference between making an allegation in a local paper and having the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence confirm it. After all, her remark was “as I understand it,” not “according to the papers.”

Presumably Sen. Feinstein knows the truth of the matter. Will she go on the record saying the reporting was wrong? The CIA will not, and the Pentagon has no comment.

The ill-considered statement landed in Pakistan like a HELL-FIRE MISSILE. “The Drones Are Here!” proclaimed the Pakistan Daily Timeswhich does not accept Feinstein's “I only know what I read in the papers” defense. This places Islamabad in an uncomfortable situation, though the government issued a swift and unequivocal denial. Who can blame them?

Fighting an intelligence war requires a great deal of trust, and a certain amount of public/private ambiguity. Official statements may not reflect covert realities. This is especially important in the Middle East and south Asia, where much of the productive work goes on behind the scenes and is never publicly discussed. This is the cost of doing business in that region, having a handshake deal with a foreign government to conduct an important operation and then having the same government denounce it after the fact. They have their reasons for doing this, and we have to accept them. Most importantly, you do not register your discontent by blowing their cover.

This incident reinforces the growing impression that when it comes to national security policy the Democrats are not ready for prime time. The Zardari government has until now demonstrated a very cooperative attitude towards the war against our common terrorist foes. One cannot imagine that Sen. Feinstein's comments will make Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke's job any easier.

If the U.S. is operating Predators out of Pakistan as the senator alleged, al Qaeda and its allies are certain to seek ways to take them out. Terrorists have lately been mounting increasing numbers of attacks inside Pakistan on the coalition support infrastructure. Once they determine where the Predators are based (near Islamabad, according to reports), they will no doubt make destroying them a high priority.

Loose lips sinks ships, as they used to say. Maybe the intelligence committee would do better with someone more circumspect at the helm.

WASHINGTON TIMES


Added: Feb-16-2009 
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  • Democrats don't understand armed conflict.
    Democrates don't understand terrorism.
    Democrats don't understand our military.
    Democrats don't understand national security.
    Democrats don't understand intelligence gathering.

    Democrats are the biggest and most genuine threat to this nation's economy with this ludicrous "stimulus" bill and the biggest threat to our national security with their ignorant perceptions of the middle east and global terror. I knew this administration was go More..

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  • If she indeed compromised U.S. operations with her comment, she should resign. Unfortunately, many politicians would rather continue their careers than do the right an honorable thing.

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  • 6 months ago this "little" slip would have made national news every day for 30 to 60 days as a revelation for impeachment. Oh how the times they are changing...LMAO

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  • I believe that both Pakistan and India possess nukes.

    Part of the deterrent between both of them going to war.

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  • It's ok, a democrat did it, right?

    Just because Pakistan has nukes and if the government is overthrown because of such information and terrorists get their hands on the weapons, it still is a non-issue because the democrats care and love everyone equally.

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  • She and the airhead Boxer are my Senators and she is definitely dumb enough to run her mouth off.

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  • The last thing American people want, yes.
    Our so-called leaders have their own agendas sometimes.
    Maybe Lao Tze is right.

    Definitely an ugly scenario.

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  • Predictably, most prominent Liberal appointees offered by Obama to sensitive positions in government are falling on their collective faces.
    This isn't the first questionable Obama appointee to fail on their first job front, and it certainly won't be the last.
    All these blabbermouth liberals do is endanger the armed services with their social activist training. None have experience with nor respect for the military.
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    This isnt the first time Feinstein has blown a sensitive operation by opening her mouth, either. Californians will recall that Mayor Feinstein called a press conference to discuss the Night Stalker case, a string of violent rapes and murders that terrified the entire state. She divulged previously-confidential information about Richard Ramirez' shoes and gun - and on hearing it, Ramirez promptly dumped them into the bay on his way out of town, eliminating key evidence in the case.

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  • Once they determine where the Predators are based (near Islamabad, according to reports), they will no doubt make destroying them a high priority.

    Loose lips sinks ships, as they used to say.


    This reporter is obviously a major douchebag.

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  • feinstein, the same senator that would love to completely disarm us. Now busy giving our secrets away to the whole world as fast as she can blab them. She's the best senator our enemies ever had.

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  • Can we all have term limits please!! She is getting really old and I am not too sure she knows what the
    f ck she said! We have to get these career politicians re-trained at a job that does not involve our national security... I heard there are going to be thousands of other government jobs opening soon, maybe she can do some filing for the IRS or something!!

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  • Governments should not be allowed to have secrets.

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  • She lets it all out. After all Pakistan public should know the kind of games their govt is playing with them. Drones has done more harm than good. Its made matters worse for the current Pak administration and the army.

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