Thursday, April 06, 2006

Credibility And Cover-Ups

So much for not knowing who leaked classified information. Today we learn from court filings by our superhero, Patrick “ProsecutorMan” Fitzgerald, that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby testified he was authorized by President Bush to leak classified information. This certainly explains why Bush didn’t follow advice from reporters that he just go around and ask his staff who was responsible for leaking Valerie Plame’s name to the press, he already knew. Of course, most of us suspected as much, but having it confirmed is nice too. If Bush had any credibility left to lose, this could really hurt him.

Bush isn’t up for re-election this year, but many of his friends on the Hill are. Republicans are going to try and distance themselves from this new stink coming off of the White House, but they are complicit. This is not about a leak anymore, it is about the cover up and Libby, Rove, Bush, Cheney, Condi, Rummy and every single Republican in the House and Senate have done everything in their power (and many things beyond) to make sure the truth of this matter never made it to the American people. The Republican Party is broken, corrupt and desperate, this should make us all a little concerned about how much farther they are willing to go to hold onto power.

Bush may not face legal problems as a result of this revelation by Libby, but politically, it is very bad indeed. When asked about the leak, he lied to reporters and by extension the public, and he did so in the most public of ways and then lied to cover the lies. And this isn’t simply a matter of lying about a sexual indiscretion, it is directly tied to the lies that led us to war. We now know that President Bush, authorized Scooter Libby to make selective leaks from the classified National Intelligence Estimate to the press. The President, in essence ordered the leaking of classified information to bolster his case for war and for partisan political gain (notice that he didn’t authorize the leaking of information in that same NIE that cast doubts of the veracity of Bush administration claims about WMD). For Bush, his political survival and political agenda was worth lying to the American people for, and he’s made it clear that he’d do it the same way again.

The more people who fall around him, the harder it becomes to trust him, even for that last 30% or so who are still willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps, and Jack Abramoff, Scooter Libby, David Safavian, Tom DeLay (all men facing jail time) have all been, at one time or another, close to this President. In addition to these S.O.Bs (Supporters Of Bush), he surrounds himself with others who are just mean spirited jerks like, Cheney, Rove, Rummy, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Any thinking person who’d still like to have a beer with this guy, who still thinks he shares their values, who would defend his actions in any way, should be ashamed of themselves. The only reason to have a beer with George W. Bush is not passing up the opportunity to throw it in his face.


Blogger Rory Shock said...

isn't that illegal? don't people get harassed, prosecuted, and at least threatened with imprisonment for doing such things ... this piece of meat does not have a single cell left in it that isn't rotten and maggot infested ... man o man ...

6:18 PM  
Blogger Yellow Dog said...

Each day of new revelations, I get this initial blush of giddiness, then I remember how many people have died as a result of this bullshit, and I feel horrible. Got Conscience?

6:41 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Rory--Apparently not anymore it's not. Man o man indeed!

Yellow Dog--I know what you mean. It's hard not to be happy at the prospect of this nightmare being over, but the damage that has already been done is so very real.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Dale Hippert said...

LG & YD~

Notwithstanding the encouragement from the two of you for me to start my own blog, I must defer to
Mistress Mollie...has a nice connotation, doesn't it?!

I'm too busy conducting my English and Economics classes.... insert Chris Matthews 'HAH' here.

I've been holding off on 'poking a stick' at three Republican acquaintences on this latest
PlameGate flap until I compiled the appropriate material. Compile, my ass!

The LGNS has, yet again, provided precisely the heavyweight lumber with which to taunt 'My Three Fools'.

However, I draw the line at wasting beer!

7:54 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Dale--Happy to help. Now go forth and poke, poke, poke!

9:05 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

"Mistress Mollie" should be added to the list of words or phrases you should never EVER innocently Google.
Here's the sad part of the story, though less sad than the fate of all those who will never come home from Iraq: the guilty will not be punished. Bush will not be censured or impeached. Cheney will not be prosecuted. They will both leave office, open libraries and make millions on the rubber chicken circuit. And the next Democratic Congress and Democratic President will be left the unenviable task of cleaning up the chamber of horrors left behind by Dubya and Company.

10:05 PM  
Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

i feel the same as yellow dog, a sense of vindication followed by nausea.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Gratis said...

isn't that illegal?

Apparently, Rory, the President is above the law and answers to no one. At least that's how it is with this president. I'd love to see him and Cheney go down for this.

I know this sounds petty, but I'm trying on some Repub skin today. Didn't they spend a lot of money investigating this? Too much even to just sweep it under the rug?

I know, I know, keep dreamin'.

4:55 AM  
Anonymous geocrackr said...

I'll make a prediction: if the Dems manage to take back Congress this year (a very big "if" considering how they completely failed to address or correct the rampant election fraud of '04), the administration will begin spouting their standard accountability line -- "It's time to put the past behind us..." -- which will echo through the beltway media, maybe picking up steam and maybe not, but in any case at the first noise about half of the Washington Dems will shrug their shoulders and start parroting it... leaving any justice to whatever the Fitzgerald investigation manages to accomplish.

Looking at their track record, the question isn't how the Dems will capitalize on their electoral success -- it's how will they manage to fail despite it.

Democrats: Putting the Point-Two in America's 1.2-Party System!

8:03 AM  

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