National security? Yeah, whatever…

President Bush is remarkably lackadaisical about finding the senior administration official or officials who leaked the identity of a CIA operative.

“I don’t know if we’re going to find out the senior administration official,” the president said in response to a reporter’s question. “Now, this is a large administration, and there’s a lot of senior officials. I don’t have any idea.”

In other words: At least one trusted member of my administration may have damaged national security and endangered lives, and now won’t come clean about it. Hey, whadayagonnado?

Now, Mr. President, are there really so many senior administration officials who would have that particular information? Couldn’t you start, as Matthew Yglesias suggests, by eliminating unlikely suspects like the Secretary of Agriculture? Couldn’t you then call each of the likely suspects into the Oval Office and demand the truth?

Try talking tough to them. You’re good at that.