"It's run its course," he said. "Now we're going to move on." Despite a long history of denouncing leaks, Bush declined to express any disappointment in the people who worked for him and who were involved in disclosing the name of a CIA operative. Asked about that during a wide-ranging news conference, the president gave a dodgy answer:
"It's been a tough issue for a lot of people in the White House."
He didn't even acknowledge the undisputed fact that someone working for him was the source, saying only that "perhaps somebody in the administration did disclose the name of that person."
If you want to read the entire article, it can be found here - http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/7/14/92900.shtml
My question is, why doesnt President Bush name names? Why doesnt he say yes, there was a leaker in my administration. It was Richard Armitage, by his own admission. Scooter was not convicted of releasing the name of a CIA employee who was not a covert agent. Why was she not covert? Because she did not fall into that category as defined by law and as explained by the person who wrote the law.
Why wont he defend his administration and put these punks in their place? Why doesnt he clean house in the CIA? It is actions like above that makes it damned difficult to defend and support this President.
Because he's trying to maintain the illusion that we are one nation united for the common good. As POTUS he sees that as his job. No traitors here, just people with honest disagreements.
Once he breaks with this formulation, we move in the direction of civil war.