O’Neill investigated; that sure didn’t take long

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill holds up a rusty old document marked “Secret” (as all government documents are marked) and the Bush administration rushes to launch an investigation.

Some Bush insider, on the other hand, releases some really secret information that outs an undercover CIA operative, and the administration drags its feet for eons until media pressure finally forces it to investigate. Go figure.

UPDATE: Josh Marshall puts it way more eloquently than I do:

Number of days between Novak column outing Valerie Plame and announcement of investigation: 74 days.

Number of days between O’Neill 60 Minutes interview and announcement of investigation: 1 day.

Having the administration reveal itself as a gaggle of hypocritcal goons … priceless.

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