Not so big news this week was the slap on the wrist that Clinton National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger, got for illegally removing and destroying some of the governments most secret documents relating to terrorist threats and then lying about it. It is still not clear if the copies he destroyed had handwritten notes or comments by President Clinton or others that were not contained on other copies.
We can just yawn this one off as another example of how completely one sided the rules are for official behavior in Washington with Republicans always being held to a higher standard.... But if we do that we miss the important lesson here and it is one that Dick Morris, a man in the know, can help us understand.
The lesson isn't much of a surprise to most readers, but just in case: The Clinton's have shown a propensity to say and do anything to hold or attain power and they are not through. Lying about classified documents or the terrorist threat is just another example.
Oh... and just a note to the lefties out there with more bile than brains who will chant: "When Clinton Lied, no one died." REALLY? Ignoring the true nature of the terror threat LED TO THE ATTACK OF SEPTEMBER 11th WHERE OVER THREE THOUSAND AMERICANDS DIED... So stuff your mindless slogans and grow a brain before you push your jingo garbage here.
New York Post Online Edition:: "FORMER National Security Adviser Sandy Berger has now joined the pantheon of those who, in the im mortal words of Webb Hubbell, have chosen to 'roll over one more time' to protect Bill and Hillary Clinton.
This Hall of Ill-Fame includes Susan McDougal, Vince Foster, Monica Lewinsky, Johnnie Chung, former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and old Webb himself. What they each have in common is their silence and willingness to take the fall to protect the Clintons.
Berger has admitted that he stuffed top-secret documents into his pockets, shirt and pants, and why he sliced some up with scissors, destroyed them and then lied about it. Until he gives a credible explanation for this behavior, we are all entitled to make the logical inference that he was hiding something to protect himself and his old bosses.
Picture the fevered atmosphere in the months after 9/11. Any indication by the commission investigating the attack that the Clinton administration hadn't taken terrorism seriously would badly damage the former president's reputation and the former first lady's chances. Any loyal adviser would have worked to mitigate the possible damage. The measure of how serious the damage may have been is how far Berger risked falling to prevent it â€” and how far he did fall rather than reveal why.