Contrary to what Scott McClellan would tell you, it’s not just a handful of Democrats who want the president to explain why he's selectively “declassified” top secret information.
Pennsylvania Republicant Senator Arlen Specter has also said the American people deserve the whole story on leaks and declassifications emanating from one or another party within the White House.
While the president may have the authority to declassify information (not so on his alleged right to order illegal wiretaps), it’s the how and when that are really telling.
How? Through his staff, typically to the press. When? Whenever it suits his political ends. And this from a guy who’s "tough" on leakers.
US national security, which high-level leaks can compromise, is an issue which Republicans never fail to take political advantage of, even when there’s no election in the immediate future.
Criticisms of the president’s many missteps in the so-called war on terror have been met with accusations that the critics are aiding terrorists and endangering Americans at home and abroad.
Anyone can make a lot of noise in lieu of the facts, but here they are:
The Libby leaks, the now-dismantled Dubai ports deal, the willful dismissiveness toward pre-9/11 warnings about Al-Qaeda, the antagonizing of friend and foe alike by invading Iraq (and without adequate planning), and ultimately creating a breeding/training ground for terrorists over there, all point to an administration that doesn't grasp the concept of national security.
Republicants are in denial, but their president has damaged our standing in the world, and weakened and possibly bankrupted our military. Wow, I feel more secure already!
National security has traditionally been an area in which Republicants have whipped the pants off Democrats at the polls. Next time around, however, they may need to pull up their own drawers to cover their asses, and fast.