NY Times: Why was Cheney’s trip “so secretive”?

posted at 10:33 pm on February 27, 2007 by Ian

In his Tuesday morning article NY Times reporter David Sanger wrote the following about Cheney’s “secretive” trip to the Middle East. Secretive? Why would Cheney want to keep his trips secretive? It’s not like he’s a target of terrorists, or anything:

“Mr. Cheney’s trip to Pakistan was shrouded in unusual secrecy. In trips to Pakistan last year, President Bush and Secretary State Condoleezza Rice announced their plans days in advance, and reporters filed articles on their visits as soon as they landed. But Mr. Cheney’s traveling press pool was sworn to secrecy, and allowed to report only the barest details just before he left.

“News organizations that knew of Mr. Cheney’s travels, including The New York Times, were asked to withhold any mention of the trip until he had left Pakistan. That appeared to be a reflection of growing concern about the strength of Qaeda and Taliban forces in the area, and continuing questions about the loyalties of Mr. Musharraf’s own intelligence services.”

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American officials did not explain the extraordinary secrecy surrounding Mr. Cheney’s visit to Pakistan, a country the administration has cast as a stable nation moving gradually toward democracy. Mr. Cheney’s aides told The Times and other news organizations that the Secret Service had imposed the requirement that there be no mention of his trip until he had left Pakistan.”

(h/t Clay Waters at Newsbusters)


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Why is FDR so reticent about his travel plans to meet Churchill? Why can’t we know what ship he is taking…? U-boats? What?!

major john on February 27, 2007 at 10:40 PM

NYT, you gotta love how insightful these writers are. Can’t slip anything by them.

still468 on February 27, 2007 at 10:44 PM

I’m trying to figure out if the NYT thinks Cheney is Tom Hagen, or Sonny Corleone. Did anyone think to see if any horse heads were taken off Air Force Two?

In the end of the piece where they mentioned Clinton’s trip there in an unmarked plane and GW’s plane making a ‘unusual’ take off sort of sums it all up. The place is friggin dangerous.

Limerick on February 27, 2007 at 10:44 PM

News organizations that knew of Mr. Cheney’s travels, including The New York Times, were asked to withhold any mention of the trip until he had left Pakistan.

Wow, that’s really a shroud of secrecy if you tell the news organizations, including the NY Times, of Cheney’s pending trip to Pakistan. That’s the equivalent of telling the whole world, isn’t it?

No, silly David Sanger, it would be a display of extraordinary secrecy if they didn’t divulge the trip to the MSM outlets. Then maybe , just maybe, the Taliban wouldn’t have attempted to take Cheney out while he was visiting.

fogw on February 27, 2007 at 10:49 PM

Duh, NY Times.

I bet they would print his whole itiniary if they could, including security detail. Maybe the NY Times tipped off the Taliban, they are budies you know.

StuLongIsland on February 27, 2007 at 10:49 PM

Keep in mind this is the same bird cage liner that has no qualms in leaking top secret information on our efforts to thwart terrorism. Are you really surprised they would wonder why Cheney shouldn’t make all his trips public? I realize in light of today’s events where a lunatic demonstrator (sorry – if he doesn’t make it past the gate then he was nothing more than a suicide demonstrator) blew himself up, reasonable people would understand the secrecy. However, this is the Grey Skank we’re talking about, so don’t expect logic.

thedecider on February 27, 2007 at 10:52 PM

should Cheney tell the NYT when he craps too?

Opinionnation on February 27, 2007 at 10:53 PM

Maybe that rag is the source that tipped the bomber and his people off…

SouthernGent on February 27, 2007 at 10:59 PM

Actually, it’s pretty impressive that the NY Slimes managed to not blab the secret until Cheney was out of Pakistan! That must be record for them…

Mallard T. Drake on February 27, 2007 at 11:07 PM

But Mr. Cheney’s traveling press pool was sworn to secrecy, and allowed to report only the barest details just before he left.

Which raises the obvious question: Who in the press leaked his location?

spmat on February 27, 2007 at 11:23 PM

Which raises the obvious question: Who in the press leaked his location?

spmat on February 27, 2007 at 11:23 PM

It is obvious: Cheney leaked it to Libby who leaked it to a reporter.

Limerick on February 27, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Who leaked it? If the taliban/terrorists knew where he was, how did they know? Come on now, the MSM is the friend of our enemy.

lsutiger on February 27, 2007 at 11:28 PM

ROTFLOL! By the time I posted my post, 2 ppl were in the same mindset…hey I am sure we are all just acting on past performance.

lsutiger on February 27, 2007 at 11:35 PM

Cheney!! Secret!! Haliburton!! Woooooo!!!
*shakes cardboard cut-out*

Claire on February 27, 2007 at 11:37 PM

It is because us neo-cons are mindless drones. Feel the Force Luke.

Limerick on February 27, 2007 at 11:37 PM

American officials did not explain the extraordinary secrecy surrounding Mr. Cheney’s visit to Pakistan

Tin. Foil. Hat.

Ferris on February 27, 2007 at 11:58 PM

Hey, what’s up with this “Mr.” Cheney crap? Last time I checked, he was the vice president of the United States. Did something change in the last few hours?

jaleach on February 28, 2007 at 12:01 AM

The NYTimes had to be asked not to devulge the names and addresses of Mr. Cheney’s security detail. In further news Anna Nichole went nowhere tonight. Al gore has admitted to being the father of Daniellynn. And up next H & C will investigate The Huffington Post’s disclaimer today; “Those rabid fools do not represent the website or any one involved with HP’s blogs. Not Really. Just kidding.”

Griz on February 28, 2007 at 12:04 AM

It is obvious: Cheney leaked it to Libby who leaked it to a reporter.

It was also obvious that Cheney needed a safe place to meet Rove where they could plan the fixing of the Libby jury. If you want proof, wasn’t it the NYT who originally called for the special prosecutor–and now they know even the secret places where they’re not allowed to say where Cheney is going? Coincidence? It is so Rove.

smellthecoffee on February 28, 2007 at 12:08 AM

Grey Skank indeed. Bwaahahahaha.

Bwahahahahahah!

(wiping tears from face) Good one, decider.

Bwaahahahahah!

hillbillyjim on February 28, 2007 at 12:08 AM

Actually, it’s pretty impressive that the NY Slimes managed to not blab the secret until Cheney was out of Pakistan! That must be record for them…

Mallard T. Drake on February 27, 2007 at 11:07 PM

Maybe the Admin. was testing the NYT…

Entelechy on February 28, 2007 at 12:16 AM

Duh!

He was there to build the oil pipeline that he launched the 9/11 attacks as a pretext to invade the country for in the first place!

Can’t these people connect the dots?

Citizen Duck on February 28, 2007 at 12:21 AM

I’m sorry, did I miss the NYTimes article on when Nancy Pelosi gets on her plane?

Didn’t she go to Iraq?

What about Hillary?

What about “Lurch”?

Doesn’t putting the Democratically elected Representatives of this Repubulic have any sense of respect, or safety, regardless of their political representation?

Or does that only apply when Clinton flew thousands to China?

Where’s honora?

PinkyBigglesworth on February 28, 2007 at 12:51 AM

Where’s honora?
PinkyBigglesworth on February 28, 2007 at 12:51 AM

Where indeed. Here’s a dirty little secret: I enjoy honora and sometimes agree with her. No, not always, but…sometimes. I think she’s more moderate than she would admit. Unfortunately, she and I post at different times of the day. Too bad.

thedecider on February 28, 2007 at 12:57 AM

“Where’s honora?”

Playing bingo???

georgej on February 28, 2007 at 1:00 AM

Sanger is a fricken Maroon. Why keep it secretive? He must of had a slow news day and just wanted to stir the shit pot.

R D on February 28, 2007 at 2:29 AM

Unfortunately, she and I post at different times of the day. Too bad.

thedecider on February 28, 2007 at 12:57 AM

Agreed……… from her posts, she “apparently” is East Coast Time Zone……. to that, “Good Morning” if your read these……..

PinkyBigglesworth on February 28, 2007 at 2:33 AM

I clicked into this post expecting to read that the author of the NYT article had disparaged the increased secrecy he says surrounded the Vice President’s trip. However, from my reading of the excerpt quoted here, it appear the NYT’s writer just pointed out the increased secrecy and wondered why it had been employed. I suppose he was wondering about the specific circumstances, and it happens that the apparent assassination attempt supplies a probable answer, though not a certain one. We’re rightly pleased when someone successfully plays “Gotcha” with the NYT; however, I can’t see that Ian has scored a hit this time.

Kralizec on February 28, 2007 at 3:17 AM

David Sanger, Pulitzer Prize candidate? What a sanctimonious moron.

Zorro on February 28, 2007 at 6:45 AM

should Cheney tell the NYT when he craps too?

Opinionnation on February 27, 2007 at 10:53 PM

… right next to the bear… in the woods.

Yeah… “real secretive” Allah Akbar!! **BOOM**

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 28, 2007 at 6:47 AM

American officials did not explain the extraordinary secrecy surrounding Mr. Cheney’s visit to Pakistan

No, but terrorists explained it pretty damn well.

TexasRainmaker on February 28, 2007 at 7:22 AM

Cheney was trying to save money on carbon credits.

mountainmanbob on February 28, 2007 at 7:30 AM

If the New York Times has to ask that question then they are even more stupid than I had previously thought.

rplat on February 28, 2007 at 8:46 AM

If the New York Times has to ask that question then they are even more stupid than I had previously thought.
rplat on February 28, 2007 at 8:46 AM

We have a winner!

right2bright on February 28, 2007 at 8:57 AM

Why was Cheney’s trip “so secretive”?

Why is the NY Times continuously asking dumba** questions?

vcferlita on February 28, 2007 at 9:05 AM

should Cheney tell the NYT when he craps too?

Opinionnation on February 27, 2007 at 10:53 PM

Only when he uses NYT to wipe.

Wade on February 28, 2007 at 9:11 AM

All of the trips are kept pretty quiet.

I used to work for the White House Communications agency and in those days a travel plan was handed out to everyone, newsies and State Department, whomever… But, always they were asked to keep it as a sensitive piece of information. It was so that the newsies could plan ahead as well.

Years later, I know they started keeping the information secret. And it’s been that way for a long, long time now.

So, “shrouded in unusual secrecy” is just an out-and-out lie.

Rick Donaldson on February 28, 2007 at 10:37 AM

The NYT is upset they didn’t learn about the trip prior to his departure. It’s a bitch when your the #1 Traitor. You must keep outTraitoring yourself to stay on top.

Helloyawl on February 28, 2007 at 11:23 AM