Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Running Out The Clock On The Ticking Time Bomb

Scandal fatigue may have already set in. With Scooter Libby, David Safavian, Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, Larry Franklin, Michael Scanlan and Jack Abramoff all either on trial, heading to trial, or cutting deals in order to shorten their stay in the pokey, it’s hard to imagine that there is still corruption yet unearthed. Ongoing investigations by Congress, the FBI, CIA, Federal Prosecutors and the Justice Department are looking into Bill Frist, Karl Rove, Stephen Hadley, David Wurmser, Denny Hastert, Tom Noe, Bob Ney and the list seems endless. With so many sleazy players, it’s hard to know where to focus attention.

The lack of accountability in Washington DC is staggering, and Congress’s refusal to carry out, much less complete an investigation into the deceptions and crimes of the Bush administration may result in his term being up long before articles of impeachment are ever even considered. It seems that Congress is suffering from scandal fatigue as well, and they were already tired from all of the effort expended in covering their own butts. The disease-ridden leviathan that is the Bush administration may simply be too big a beast for 100 Senators and 435 Representatives to slay without running out of steam.

Cenk Uygur wrote Tuesday at The Huffington Post that there is “a ticking time bomb inside the White House” and the forced resignation of Douglas Feith in January may be the fuse. Feith resigned because “he wanted to spend more time with his family”, but he left his office just after it was revealed that the FBI was investigating his subordinate, Lawrence Franklin, for espionage. Feith had already been caught setting up meetings for Lawrence Franklin with Italian intelligence director Nicolo Pollari and Manucher Ghorbanifar (the upstanding global citizen who helped set up the arms for hostages deal that sparked the Iran-Contra scandal). Only the principals and the flies on the wall know what was cooked up during those meetings but the forged Niger documents suddenly solved all of the problems most likely discussed amongst this motley crew.

There seems to be a nexus between Special Council Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the CIA leak and Lawrence Franklin who is currently being prosecuted on an espionage charge, resulting from his passing of classified documents to the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC). Franklin resigned from his post at the DOD a mere day before he was arrested in hopes of limiting the bad press for Bush and Company. Only in the bizzarro world in which we now live would this actually work, but there has been little attention paid to the Franklin case outside the lefty blogisphere.

These two investigations come together in Italy, with the emergence of the forged Niger documents. Patrick Fitzgerald has shown interest in the forged documents and how they relate to the retaliatory outing of covert operative Valerie Plame, and Franklin is known to have met with intelligence agents in Italy where the documents first surfaced. Curious indeed!

The other connection between the two investigations comes with the prosecutors themselves. Larry Franklin is being prosecuted by Paul McNulty, who was nominated by Bush mere weeks ago to serve as the number two man at the Justice Department. This is not only the carrot on the stick enticing McNulty to make a deal with Franklin, thereby limiting the damage of an espionage conviction of a Bush administration official, but it also has the added benefit of installing McNulty as Fitzgeralds’s boss. It’s amazing how this administration is able to land on its feet at every turn.

The clock is ticking and again the salvation of our democracy seems to rest on the shoulders of our superhero prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. If he can prove (as it is certain he has already figured out) the origins of the forged documents and can unravel the neo-con conspiracy that drove American forces into Iraq before Paul McNulty can be confirmed by the Senate and installed as his new boss, we may actually see the end of the Bush administration before the 2008 elections. Doug Feith is the fuse and with the help of the FBI, Fitzgerald may be able to strike the match and blow this whole criminal regime out of our White House.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright, everybody got confused between Italy and Spain. So, we all know how Plame worked her finances and the answer is Spain.

They only shot 1 Italian operations officer in Iraq, but that's probably because of the 8 Spanish operations officers and others who were outed after 'The Vanity Fair' article.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous rkelly said...

My two cents --

Dick Cheney. He's in charge of foreign policy.

I say its Dick & Co.

The entire "League of Evil Gentlemen" who conducted the successful mock destruction test of the New York Twin Towers AND the Pentagon, in New Mexico - years ago - exactly as planned and executed on September 11, 2001. Its them, they set it up and pulled it off.

The forged Niger documents was/is the "smoking gun".

Its clearly Karl Rove’s signature behavior. He has conducted the fake proof thing so many times and has gotten away with it. This time it appears he played dice with the big God of humanity, not just the small god of politics. Hopefully, he gets caught.

Cheney, Rove, Rice, all the Bush Crime Family, et al; and, every black gold mercenary politician too. Oil, defense contracts, religious oppression, what a game these people play and the expense of real lives is just one of the necessities to “win”.

Every day I actually pray (something I don't ordinarily believe in doing because I'm one of those "do it yourself and take the burden off God" people), but I honestly say a little prayer and it goes like this:

Mr. Fitzpatrick, please be the chosen avenging arch angel and wield your sword of justice, striking into the very heart of this matter, the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth . . .

Our complete hope rests on Patrick Fitzgerald. Let's all pray that he is, as he proclaims, the person, with the mission, to get Osama bin Laden.

This insatiable desire in his soul shall burn until its satisfied.

Mr. Fitzpatrick's calling from some divine intervention (a real one, unlike George's delusional cognitive dissonance), to find Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice, is our twin embrace for the truth.

7:39 AM  
Blogger leveymg said...

I have a couple comments. One nit-picking, and the other that challenges a fundamental assumption of this article - which I enjoyed.

First, the nit: I am not aware that Larry Franklin was ever actually in the White House, although he wanted such an assignment, and was supported in that by AIPAC so he could be positioned "at the President's elbow" to make the case for expanding the Iraq war into a strike against Iran. In fact, Franklin was a DIA analyst assigned for a while to Feith's Office of Special Plans (OSP), before that shop was closed down.

Second, and more importantly, what is your source for the statement that Fitz's investigation has touched on the Niger yellowcake forgery? Where did you hear that the Fitz G.J. has indeed looked into the role of Ghorbanifar (and Ledeen) in stovepiping the foregeries? Confirmation of that would cause much jumping up and shouting with glee here, if it were true.

7:48 AM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

leveymg, thank you for catching my error, I have no problem with nit-picky, it is important to be accurate regardless of what those on the right say. I have posted more information on Fitzgerald's look into the forgeries. As for Ghorbanifar, I didn't mean to suggest that Fitzgerald IS looking into his role in this scandal, just that it would make sense if he did (my personal feeling is that it would be hard to avoid).

1:51 PM  

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