About Bob Woodward’s “Obama’s Wars”: Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus is appalled that President Obama’s telling Woodward the country “can absorb a terrorist attack” has been taken out-of-context.
I’d be amazed if it hadn’t. You’d think that after more than a year-and-a-half in office a president with a reputed gift for nuance would weigh his words more carefully — especially when speaking on-the-record to the most widely read reporter in the business.
No, what appalls me — to the extent that I have any mileage left on my White House appall-o-meter — is a president so fixated on the idea of “transparency” that he gives a journalist full access to Situation Room deliberations as well as to classified memoranda sent to his generals and the National Security Council.
A former president hired a group known as the Plumbers to locate the source of White House leaks to the media. No need for Nixon’s Plumbers this time around. The source — though it’s not so much a leak as a torrent — is the Oval Office itself.