Sunday, February 26, 2006

Bush's War on History

I thought this was an interesting editorial in today's Washington Post. I've known about this business Bush has been pulling for a while, but I never put much thought into it. I've been thinking alot about this lately and the editorial seemed to come at the right time.

I think all documents in the government, unless pertaining to legitimate, current National Security issues should be declassified after 10 years. Regardless of their content. "Documents" should also include phone calls, emails and any other type of communication. These officials, regardless of party, have been elected (or not) to do the peoples business. It's in our best interest to know what's been going on in our name.

I just think what Bush has done to prevent this innocent window into the actuality of administrations is particularly troubling. It's dangerous to suppress history like this.

Anyone else have any thoughts about this?


clevelandchick said...

I think the whole Bush presidency will end up with black redacted marks over every word/sentence/phrase except the dateline. His Library will consist of Charles Krauthammer, John Hinderaker, Thomas Friedman, David Brooks, George Will, Bill Kristol blah blah blah crap all currently available on for $3.45 in paperback. He doesn't even need a library, he only needs a storefront and an E-bay clerk.

They don't call this the most secretive administration in history for nothing.

I'd like to be more optimistic about the remarks by Gerald Ford or the other hundred or so (real) conservatives who may weigh in on the same side let alone the left but unless we impeach this administration (not just Bush) nothing will happen and the media will remain silent and everyone will keep watching vapid TV like American Idol.

Blahblahblahblah said...

Clinton did the same thing, I believe, at the end of his administration. It pissed off the conservatives at the time.

I think everything should be available to the public...regardless of party.

Bryan said...

that's what i said in my post. all public officials, regardless of party, elected or not, should have their papers released.