Does Brian Ross of ABC News Care About the Safety of America?

Every few weeks, it seems, I am forced to confront the idea that the news media in the United States care more about embarrassing President George Bush than they do about the safety and security of American citizens, at home and abroad, and the military trying to protect us.

In recent weeks, it has become more and more clear that Iran is using the Iraq war to fight a proxy war against the United States. While there have been reported instances of Iranian weapons, explosives and missiles being used against Iraqi and American troops, there have also been Iranian military captured fighting alongside terrorists in Iraq.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who – in addition to calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” has ignored U.N. demands that he cease work on Iran’s nuclear program, which outsiders believe is many years from producing usable energy, but not very long at all before enough uranium could be enriched to build a nuclear weapon.

Ahmadinejad is supported by hardline Muslims, although many feel the real political power belongs to the mullahcracy, the unelected religious clerics who have stifled any real reforms in Iran for decades.

In spite of the obvious interference by Iran in Iraq, the United States has so far resisted all temptations to strike back militarily. It turns out that – in spite of Vice President Cheney’s appeals that the military option be considered, President Bush has resisted this, instead choosing a more subtle plan of propaganda and destabilization.

But Brian Ross and Richard Esposito of ABC News have scuttled all that, all in the name of ratings. In a report published on “The Blotter” on the ABC News website, Ross proudly proclaims that President Bush gave the CIA “secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabalize the Iranian governement,” according to former and current intelligence community officials.

According to the report, this “nonlethal presidential finding” also gives the go-ahead to a CIA plan to subvert Iran’s currency and financial transactions, at home and internationally.

My question is this: does Brian Ross even care that by making this secret, covert plan public like this, that he may have lessened its effect? Does he care that by doing so, he may be pushing the United States closer to war with Iran, because the nonlethal option was made ineffective? Does he care about anything except his own ratings? Does he care about America, or does Brian Ross just care about Brian Ross?