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Published: Monday, May 26 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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David
Centerville, UT

Though every organization will make mistakes, this White House struggles too often. It doesn't seem to be very well managed. This instance is just one of many.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

I am heartsick over this. What a way to end Memorial Day! Let's just put put the lives of our defenders and their families at risk.

Chasey
San Antonio, TX

This is a terrible development. Shortly after the administration leaked that Seal Team 6 were the principle players in killing Osama Bin Laden, many were shot down with a rocket propelled grenade in a transport chopper. This administration's revelation of the CIA's top official is beyond inept. It is destructive in multiple facets. President Obama must amend his administration's course immediately. This is not about politics. It is simply about what is right or deadly wrong. As an active duty officer in the Air Force, episodes like this make it incredibly difficult to follow this leader.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

At least this flub wasn't a deliberate "outing" like the Bush administration's "outing" of Valerie Plame as punishment for her husband's blowing the whistle on their Iraq/yellowcake lies.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

@ Furry. Yellow cake lies? Perhaps you missed the Associated Press article published 7/5/2008 6:57:12 PM ET. "The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program — a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium — reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans. The removal of 550 metric tons of "yellowcake" — the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment — was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam's nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions."
Drat GWB! Drat him for stopping a rogue dictator from getting nukes! Drat him!

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

@Thid you are correct, but not telling the whole story, which is a lie of omission, much like bush/cheney used on a regular basis.

In 2008, the United States facilitated shipping yellowcake (refined uranium ore) out of Iraq. This yellowcake had been stockpiled prior to the first Gulf War, and was declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency and under IAEA safeguards.[51] More than 550 tons of yellowcake was removed from Iraq and eventually shipped to Canada.

Why would he seek something he already had?
Even with the uranium, he would have had to of built centrifuges (see Iran) and spent years turning it into weapons grade uranium.

Furry is correct in pointing out that, outing an undercover agent on purpose isn't the same as accidentally doing it and admitting such.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@ThidBarker 7:42 a.m. May 27, 2014

It's clear you didn't fact-check your source on that once. Snopes investigated that claim and found it to be false. Please, before you try to make that type of claim, be sure it's true so this doesn't happen to you again.

I stand by the accuracy of my coment -- *I* fact-checked my sources before making it.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

I stand by the facts stated in article of the newspaper. Argue with them if you want!

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

The yellowcake in question was not purchased by Saddam for any nuclear program. In fact5, the yellowcake was not secretly purchased by Saddam for ANY purpose. It came from two reactors at Al Tuwaitha, one of which had been bombed by the Israelis and another which was bombed and destroyed by US forces during the Desert Storm action. Inspectors had been well aware of its existence for many years. There was NO evidene that any nuclear material had been purchased after 1993. This old yellowcake had been stored in aging drums since before 1991, and was being moved out of Iraq for health and safety reasons. This was not the yellowcake George lied about, and because of which George and his adminsitration "outed" a covert CIA operative.

That's what a full invstigation of the assertions you cite disclose. Quite a different story from the one you are trying to tell.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

This is as endangering as the original Snowden leak. Those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest, not just say, "oops, sorry", and get off.

In the White House, just exactly where should the buck stop?

Yeah, at the top.

Brio
Alpine, UT

Leave it up to two ultra-liberals (Furry 1993 and Happy Valley Heretic) to immediately go into a defensive mode and instead of seeing this for what it really is, they try to make this something about the Bush administration, which this story has absolutely nothing to do with. Wow. The Obama minions seem to lack all objectivity when doing such things.

This administration promised transparency. But this isn't quite the kind most of us were hoping for or expecting. Instead, we keep lacking the kind of transparency we want and need, while getting too much of the kind that shouldn't be getting. A very backward administration.

BTW: This story has nothing whatsoever to do with any previous administration. This is entirely about and concerning the present one. Making excuses for this one or trying to deviate doesn't do anyone, including Obama, any favors. Like every administration of the past, he also needs to be held accountable for what happens on his.

jsf
Centerville, UT

@Furry1993, "At least this flub wasn't a deliberate "outing" like the Bush administration's "outing" of Valerie Plame as punishment for her husband's blowing the whistle on their Iraq/yellowcake lies."

Armitage leaked the information unknown to the President, during an interview about why the cia sent plame's husband to verify the information in Iraq. Valarie's name was mentioned and she was accounted as a nonproliferation expert. Armitage took full blame for the event and did not even hire attorneys to hide behind. The reporter acknowledged the source and how it came about.

Repeating the liberal lefts talking points is missing the truth and facts you state you rely on. Both cases are bad, but don't defer the issue based on what happened in the bush administration. Remember the special prosecuter did not convict anyone for the leak. Scoter Libby was prosecuted for obstruction of justice. Not for being the leak.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Oops.

Mistakes happen don't they?

It's not as if anyone purposefully did wrong though, is it?

This is not a Republican administration we're talking about here . . . motivated by hate and a desire for revenge . . . Not Tricky Dick rubbing his hands in glee over his sabotage of his Democratic opponent, or GW smugly smirking as he remembers how he got re-elected with a few little white lies about WMD's and Swift Boats.

This a Democratic Administration, motivated by a desire to help the nation . . . The Good Guys.

Unfortunately, even do-gooders occasionally make mistakes.

boneheaded, but not a smidgen
SLC, UT

What difference does it make?

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, I am certain that Mr. Obama is "really mad" about this leak. His administration is giving incompetence a bad name.

Gary,
Solyndra-type failures, the ACA roll out and other disastrous billion dollar follies Mr. Obama has made certain do help HI$ guys, but they leave us and future generations to pay the bill.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey 4601 -

"Solyndra-type failures, the ACA roll out and other disastrous billion dollar follies Mr. Obama has made certain do help HI$ guys, but they leave us and future generations to pay the bill."

Solyndra cost the nation half a billion dollars.

GW's WMD scandal cost this nation an estimated 3 trillion dollars, SIX THOUSAND times as much as Solyndra cost us, and that doesn't even count the thousands of lives lost.

That made GW's friends connected with the military industrial complex very happy, "but they leave us and future generations to pay the bill."

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