Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder urged news organizations to "act in a responsible manner" in dealing with the secret and classified information released by the anti-American anarchist group WikiLeaks.
"Act in a responsible manner." How times have changed, huh?
Where were Holder and the rest of the Left when media organizations like the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today (among others) were splashing deep state secrets all over their front pages during the Bush years? They had no problem with those organizations publishing wartime secrets about warrantless wiretapping, the black sites in third countries we were using to interrogate top terrorists, data mining operations on terrorists and their operations, and how we were tracking terrorist financing.
In all of those cases, the information was leaked illegally and disseminated without a care as to the deleterious effect on national security or the endangering of American lives. The Left celebrated those disclosures as "necessary" based on Americans' "need to know" about what the nefarious, warmongering Bush administration was up to.
Now that Obama and Holder are in Bush's shoes, trying to (somewhat) prosecute overt and covert wars against those same enemies, they are discovering their inner outrage over the publication of state secrets. Suddenly, it's not cool.
"Act in a responsible manner." If only they had managed to summon that moral clarity when Bush was president.