It was a foregone conclusion that a) Hollywood was going to make one of these pro-endless war propaganda films about the bin Laden raid; b) the movie will have some nice things to say about Barack Obama; c) some Republican somewhere would complain about this. Enter GOP Rep. Peter King, who is freaked out because he heard that the White House is shipping Xerox copies of all its national security secrets to Hollywood, to make sure the filmmakers can make the story as accurate as possible because that’s what Hollywood always does. What’s your source for that shocking reportage, Rep. King? Oh, Maureen Dowd? Yes, Maureen Dowd. Here is another sentence from that same column that is scaring Peter King: “Barack Obama blazed like Luke Skywalker in 2008, but he never learned to channel the Force. And now the Tea Party has run off with his light saber.” Is it possible that this information is mostly a product of Maureen Dowd’s latest fever dream breakup with her sissy on-and-off again boyfriend, Barack Obama?
Here is the rest of the column paraphrased: Barry is a wimp, Barry is a professor, Barry is not a man like FDR was, Barry is an amputee Luke Skywalker. Thanks for those enlightening policy points, MoDowd. Oh and and and, she forgot, Barry did not even invite her to the Navy Seals prom, but the moviemakers got to go! And then he gave them handfuls of military secrets as party favors, is what Maureen Dowd heard about all of this party she did not get to attend:
The moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.
It was clear that the White House had outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood when Boal got welcomed to the upper echelons of the White House and the Pentagon and showed up recently — to the surprise of some military officers — at a C.I.A. ceremony celebrating the hero Seals.
Yes, because “top-level access” to information in Maureen Dowd’s universe is the color of socks that Navy Seals might have been wearing or the kind of cheese on the sandwiches they ate earlier in the day before the raid. Oh well, Peter King doesn’t like any of this one bit. Here is the NYTimes‘ breathless follow-up coverage of the idiot scandal Maureen Dowd started, for boredom:
In his letter, sent Tuesday, Mr. King asked Gordon S. Heddell, the Defense Department inspector general, and David Buckley, the C.I.A. inspector general, for an investigation and classified briefing on any discussions Mr. Obama or other White House officials had with the military and C.I.A. about assisting the filmmakers. He asked whether the filmmakers’ reported attendance at a C.I.A. ceremony honoring the Seal commandos in the raid had compromised special operations officers’ identities or methods.
The White House spokesman, Jay Carney, called Mr. King’s suggestion that security was being compromised for political reasons “ridiculous” and said the White House had not divulged any classified information to the filmmakers. Administration officials were providing them with the same information about the Bin Laden raid that they have given to all the news media, he said.
Whatever, give Maureen Dowd a Pulitzer. [NYTimes]