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Mirror mirror on the wall who's the bigger or biggest the weaker of the moment is -- President Obama or NSA leaker Edwards -- -- -- Davis -- -- senior fellow at Stanford university's Hoover institution he's the author of the savior generals.
And he joins us now live victory thanks a lot for coming on this morning.
So I'm struck by how the the president is outrageous administration's outraged by the leaking of this information by -- Snowden and yet it was the Obama administration that we classified information.
When it helps -- the president.
For example during the the time surrounding the the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Double standard and I think.
Yet is because that was all in the context of the 2012 campaign wasn't just -- fortunately the bin Laden raid.
The bin Laden -- we had that reporters in New York Times the Washington Post or give that -- that they had exclusive access to that program reported things that were favorable to administration.
The student next cyber war against Iran how are we find out about two administration sanctioned leaks.
The -- many double agent the protocols of the predator -- target selection.
All of these were leak and the reason that we found out about the -- was not because they were.
Trying to expose leaks but they were competitors with the administration's -- so that lost credibility on this issue.
And yet of the irony is that no administration in history has been tougher on the curse than this one gone after journalists.
Including one here fox.
And has -- more people under the Espionage Act and all previous presidents combined why's that yeah I.
I think the problem here is their credibility that -- they come across the public not so much of their opposed to leaks but they're opposed to the idea they don't have a monopoly on.
And that's that's dangerous.
And it and then there's there's the issue of confidence we have always IRS problems eap problem.
-- -- and suddenly what is a high school drop bomb making 200000 dollars a year doing.
Shutting down essentially be an incentive for two weeks and it -- it's an issue of confidence as well.
And then and then getting away that is that is an excellent points you can't simultaneously argue that the US intelligence.
-- agencies are all powerful and then at the same time.
Watch the incompetence with which they've handled this.
You know he's.
It's bad to -- it's bad to be seen as unethical it's bad to be seen -- impotence but it's bad really bad to be seen as importantly -- -- -- -- the same -- with Russia and China.
United States would like not to be indecisive and not.
To be predictable but to be predictably indecisive with all these red lines and deadlines and ultimatums -- the president's -- the last two years.
People who were not so what principled as American politicians don't.
Don't fear us they don't they're not in suspense about what we're going to do and that's dangerous when we have these issues on the road like.
Iran coming out for Syria -- -- for a.
But it frequently seems that the president's rhetoric is tougher when he applies it was domestic opponents sometimes than -- two are in and I just I just think.
I mean when he calls -- he says people are acting stupidly or the attorney general can you say that.
Americans are cowards or the president can urged Latino leaders to punish her enemies -- just -- -- use the word enemies against people abroad.
Substitute the word conservative Republicans and put in Chavez or.
Or -- and we have a pretty tough president.
Victor Davis Hanson really one of the most compelling writers writing in English as far as I'm concerned and want to think -- coming -- appreciate it thank you for having me.
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