Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Rove: With Us or Against Us?

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Rove: With Us or Against Us?

I wrote a letter to the Boston Globe today:

Surely no one has forgotten President Bush's repeated proclamations following the attacks of September 11th, 2001. "You are either with us, or you are against us, " the President declared to the world as he sought to enlist international involvement in the "war on terror".

As the story of Karl Rove's involvement with the identification of an undercover CIA agent unfolds, it is time to put Mr. Bush's famous declaration to the test. Less than a month after Mr. Rove suggested that liberals were not outraged by 9/11 and that any criticism of the administration's war plan is tantamount to supporting terrorists, the question now is whether Karl Rove is "with us or against us."

I would be equally outraged if a Democrat or an Independent had compromised an undercover agent and their contacts in a time of war for political gain. This is not a partisan matter, nor is it a legal one. This is a matter of whether the President will stand up as Commander-in-Chief and show that undermining our national security is not a permissible political play in his White House.