Saturday, July 16, 2005



The older readers here probably fondly remember the Saint Saens' theme music for the Hitchcock TV mystery show. He was so droll, he would step into his own picture in profile and he had some trenchant comments about crime at the end of each show, complete with props.

Well, Rove is learning the hard way, you can't outrun the Long Arm of the Law especially the Law of Unintended Consequences!

From the NYT:
When revelations surfaced last week that Karl Rove had secretly talked to reporters about a C.I.A. operative, some critics demanded the senior adviser be swiftly swept from the corridors of power.

But Mr. Rove is not just any staff member. He is, by most accounts, the definition of an indispensable aide - at once "the architect" of Republican gains, as Mr. Bush dubbed him after the 2004 elections, as well as a nexus of politics and policy within the West Wing, his office constantly abuzz with communications from Congress, grassroots groups, other branches of the administration and Republican operatives nationwide.
Geeze. Rove is nothing more than a courtier to the Bush family. No more, no less. Far from being some genius, he is an old fashioned pol: he spends our money bribing people who should be put in jail but can't because they own us. All the support Bush garnered was due entirely and only to bribes he handed out like there was no tomorrow.

It isn't accidental that we racked up a cool $2.5 trillion in new debt in less than five years!
One former Republican official who retains close ties to the White House said there could be a political cost for keeping Mr. Rove on board even if he is found to have done nothing illegal. "If Karl survives, he does so at the president's political expense," said the former official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he did not want to be seen as disloyal to Mr. Rove.

"George W. Bush came into office promising two tenets that are in competition now: straight talk, non-parsing - and loyalty," the former official said. "He's either got to choose loyalty or straight talk. He can't do both."

But there are few historical models for the ousting of a figure like Mr. Rove. There is the save-the-sinking ship model. When the Nixon administration began to unravel, because of Watergate, three of Richard Nixon's most trusted aides - H.R. Haldeman, the chief of staff; Richard Kleindienst, the attorney general; and John Ehrlichman, the domestic policy adviser - had to go, in order to try to save the president himself. No presidency before or since has seen such upheaval at its highest echelons.
The CIA was investigated, too! All sorts of dirty garbage saw the light of day for a mere eyeblink then the media whores and the ruling elite cracked down on us and put us back into harness and started shovelling debt on top of us starting with Reagan's wild budgets.

From the Washington Post:
In public, he was masterminding President Bush's reelection and brushing off suggestions he had played any part in an unfolding drama: the unmasking of CIA operative Valerie Plame. In private, the senior White House adviser was meeting, on five occasions, with federal prosecutors to tell what he knew about the matter.

The story he would tell prosecutors did not seem to square with the White House's denial that it had played any role in one of the most famous leaks since Watergate. Rove told prosecutors he had discussed Plame in passing with at least two reporters, including the columnist who eventually revealed her name and role in a secret mission that would raise questions about Bush's case for war against Iraq. At the same time, other White House officials were whispering about Plame, too.

It is now clear: There has been an element of pretense to the White House strategy of dealing with the Plame case since the earliest days of the saga. Revelations emerging slowly at first, and in a rapid cascade over the past several days, have made plain that many important pieces of the puzzle were not so mysterious to Rove and others inside the Bush administration. White House officials were aware of Plame and her husband's potentially damaging charge that Bush was "twisting" intelligence about Iraq's nuclear ambitions well before the episode evolved into Washington's latest scandal.
This is much stronger than the mealy mouthed NYT! The entire article hits much harder. Must be because the NYT has to pretend their media whorette, Miller, is a sweet innocent bitch, no?
But as the story hurtles toward a conclusion sometime this year, there are several elements that remain uncertain. The most important -- did anyone commit a crime?
To paraphrase others wittier than I, "this is worse than a crime, it is a mistake." (note: It was the Napoleon's Minister of the Police, Fouche, who quipped this!)

Attacking a mother of young twins because Bush wanted to punish her husband was a cowardly, dasterdly thing. Period. For that alone, the Executioner who is Bush should resign in disgrace. Period.

Thank you, end of story.

Using lies to invade an innocent nation and then allowing it to devolve into a charnel house, that is for the Hague to try and sentence him. War crimes used to be a hanging matter.

And the anthrax killer. Isn't it a very odd thing for this unknown person to reach out and right after 9/11, sends a letter to a very obscure man in Florida who happened to be the person who OKed the Jenna drunk photos in the Sun? Normally, if I were Hitchcock or Sherlock Holmes, the first thing I would look at is the connection between this nobody and the President. Seeing it, and seeing that the anthrax was military grade and thus only could have come from the military that the President controls...see? Follow the dots!

Rove is a sideshow to the real circus.

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