Is there anything about this memo that is so critical that it had to be leaked?
…Besides, of course, that it will undermine American efforts in Iraq?
For a different take, read Rick Moran’s post over at Red State.
My take is this: Yeah, it’s good that the Bush admin is questioning al-Maliki’s leadership abilities (or lack thereof?), but the leaking of this classified memo could have some seriously damaging consequences for our relationship with al-Maliki at a crucial time where sectarian violence is escalating in Iraq. Some things are best discussed and settled behind closed doors, and this is one of them.
Thumbs down to the NYT for deciding to once again publish classified info.