BUSH/DELAY AND TEXAS
As the deranged Texan duo imitate Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, leaping off the cliff to avoid the cops, I wonder why there isn't a chorus of Democrats in the South calling for their scalps. Now's the time! I remember Clinton. A pretty innocent blow job from a star struck young lady got him impeached, for crying out loud, and I noted at that time there was a Greek chorus of politicians lining up in the Democratic and Republican parties screaming for his blood and demanding he disappear, pronto.
Well, don't times change. From Associated Press
President Bush said Monday that if anyone in his administration committed a crime in connection with the public leak of the identity of an undercover CIA operative, that person will "no longer work in my administration." At the same time, Bush again sidestepped a question on the role of his top political adviser, Karl Rove, in the matter.This is getting pretty funny. The reporter has spilled the beans, dudes. Guess what? We know the leakers are both Libby and Rove and by extention, Bush and Cheney. We can't fire Bush and Cheney...yet....but they are sworn and bound to fire Libby and Rove. There is no more excuses. No games. This is it, bubs. Ya gambled and ya lost. Don't play Texas Hold 'Em with me. Time to fold your cards and pass the kitty over to me, thank you.
"We have a serious ongoing investigation here and it's being played out in the press," Bush said at an East Room news conference.
Bush, appearing with visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, spoke a day after Time magazine's Matthew Cooper said that a 2003 phone call with Rove was the first he heard about the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson apparently working for the CIA.
Bush said in June 2004 that he would fire anyone in his administration shown to have leaked information that exposed the identity of Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame. On Monday, however, he added the qualifier that it would have be shown that a crime was committed.
Asked at a June 10, 2004, news conference if he stood by his pledge to fire anyone found to have leaked Plame's name, Bush answered, "Yes. And that's up to the U.S. attorney to find the facts."
A tempest has swirled around the leak of the CIA agent's name, apparently by Bush administration officials, in July 2003.
It is done.
Of course, we need a chorus of stab in the back Republicans to yell at Mr. Dimwit President and get him to do what he keeps saying he will do: fire anyone who leaked Plame's name to a reporter.
Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y., said Bush shouldn't wait for charges to be filed to take action.We got other Democrats who can call for the resignation. Where are they? Under what tables and beds do they cower?
"The standard for holding a high position in the White House should not simply be that you didn't break the law," he said. "It should be a lot higher and if Mr. Rove or anyone else aided and abetted the leaking of the name of an agent, even if they don't meet the narrow criminal standard, the president should ask for their resignation."
Come out, come out, where ever you are!
When Durbin accurately compared our gulags to Russian gulags, the Democratic party had no shortage of back stabbers happy to attack him. I really liked the silly line, "We must support the troops," used as a general blanket excuse for not being outraged by gross violations of the Geneva Conventions as well as really close similarities to Nazi torture that we claimed allowed us to hang them at the Nuremburg Trials.
Talking about trials, here is a laugh riot. We want to try Saddam for "killing Iraqis". Thud. Amazing, no? Gads.
From Associated Press
A lawyer for Saddam Hussein said Monday that Iraq's insurgency has made Baghdad far too dangerous a venue for the former leader's trial, and that the proceedings should be moved to another country.548 days in jail with no trail. Um, look up the Nuremburg Trials. They were all done in half that time.
Giovanni di Stefano said Saddam's defense team has contacted the Swedish government about the possibility of holding a trial there. But Swedish Justice Ministry spokesman Alexander Valentin said Monday that he was not aware of any official request.
"Do you fancy spending a year or more in Baghdad, going to court five days a week? Would you feel safe there?" di Stefano said in an interview with The Associated Press.
"Baghdad couldn't even prevent the recent kidnapping and killing of the Egyptian ambassador. There are also many Iraqis who want to see Saddam executed and many others who want to see him freed. That means the defense and prosecution would both be in danger there," di Stefano said.
Di Stefano criticized Iraq's handling of Saddam, saying the fact that he has been held in custody for 548 days without being formally charged is a violation of international law.
What with the chaos in Iraq, the Americans should be overjoyed to have him tried in a court in Sweden! I cannot see how a trial can be run anywhere in Iraq without Saddam being sprung out jail! Certainly, blowing up the courthouse isn't that unlikely. Or maybe they can do a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid shoot 'em out. Quite likely.
Talking about unrepentant criminals brings up another story in today's news: From Associated Press
An unrepentant Eric Rudolph declared Monday that abortion must be fought with "deadly force" as a judge sentenced him to life in prison for setting off a remote-controlled bomb at an abortion clinic that killed an off-duty police officer and maimed a nurse.Saddam isn't the only one killing fellow citizens, no? I hope the entire GOP denounce this guy. And denounce anyone who supports him. And while they are at it, they could sign the Lynching Apology, too. Every bit helps.
"Children are disposed of at will," the 38-year-old Rudolph said, jabbing the air in a speech that echoed a rambling manifesto he issued in April when he pleaded guilty to four bombings in all, including the blast at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. "The state is no longer the protector of the innocents."
Rudolph's fiery statement came as his victims confronted him court, branding the anti-abortion extremist a cowardly "monster" and recalling how their lives were devastated by the 1998 clinic bombing in Birmingham.
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