President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.
(Via Hot Air.)
Sounds good. Just one problem: Why do I know about this?! Isn’t it supposed to be a “secret” order?
This administration is completely unable to keep a secret when it comes to national security. We know that the leaks are coming from top administration officials, probably from the White House, and the administration’s leak investigation is just theater. The administration no longer even denies that the leaks came from the White House, and just says that the president didn’t authorize them. (You hardly need the president to officially “authorize” leaking to establish a sense at the White House that leaking is tolerated or even encouraged.)
I’m afraid Donald Rumsfeld was right when he said this week that Israel would be unwise to notify the United States about any planned action against Iran’s nuclear program:
“If I were in the Israeli government, I don’t think I would notify the United States government of any intent to do anything about Iran,” Rumsfeld stated. “I think that their [Israel's] relationship with the United States is such that it conceivably could leak out of the United States government that he called and that he plans to do something on Iran.”
“So my guess is, given the pattern of leaks out of the White House, that any prime minister of Israel would not call the United States and give clear intentions as to what they plan to do.”