Yesterday, an exchange on FOX News Sunday was a surprising reinforcement of my perception that the military tends to be Republican while the Washington bureaucracy tends favor Democrats. It would seem that the partisanship so obvious with the CIA during the Bush administration, has reached new heights. The Pentagon may have joined the fight.
Chris Wallace had just turned the discussion with his All Stars to the leak revealing General McChrystal's urgent request to Obama for more troops in Afghanistan.
LIASSON: I don't know if it's gotten to the point of Truman and MacArthur, but it was extraordinary to have the Pentagon or to have somebody leak this incredible report in an attempt, it seems, to force the president's hand...
Wallace turned to Dana Perina who was the White House Deputy Press Secretary and then Press Secretary during the Bush administration when the CIA was leaking like a sieve.
WALLACE: I want to ask you just one more question about this. I don't know that you had military leaks, but you certainly had CIA leaks in President Bush's White House. How do presidents react when they suddenly see top secret advice to them on the front page of the Washington Post?
PERINO: Oh, I'm sure -- well, it makes them very angry, in one instance. I don't know about the current occupant of the White House...
Now we have a Democrat in the White House. We hear hardly a peep from the CIA, but the Pentagon is chiming in. Does this grand entrance into the information business by the Department of Defense mean that Democrats don't have a political lock on all of the Washington agencies? Either way the tail is trying to wag the dog.
(Emphasis in the quotation above is mine.)