- Ron Ziegler, press secretary to Richard Nixon, defending the presidential aide Dwight Chapin on Oct. 18, 1972. Chapin was convicted in April 1974 of perjury in connection with his relationship to the political saboteur Donald Segretti.
"Any individual who works here at the White House has the confidence of the president. They wouldn't be working here at the White House if they didn't have the president's confidence."
- Scott McClellan, press secretary to George W. Bush, defending Karl Rove on Tuesday, July 12, 2005.
The two quotes above and a few of the following thoughts were borrowed from an Op-ED column writen by Frank Rich, the rest are from me. I don't always agree with what he has to say, but his column today was exceptionally good.
So far I've made three posts about Karl The Fascist Pig Rove's treasonous act of the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. Rove has commited a felony and should stand trial, and when found guilty, be sentanced to a federal penitentiary.
I do believe Rove is guilty, but I don't believe he acted alone. I think everyone in the White House who has political connections to or is a staff member of George W. Bush has had a hand in this up to and including Bush himself.
You see, this all started with former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who is from the opposite side of the political aisle of Bush. Wilson was sent to Niger in February 2002 to check on reports that Saddam was purchasing weapons grade nuclear material. Wilson came back with a report that he was not, that the original report was bogus. But Bush didn't like Wilson's report and continued to push the lie that Saddam was building nuclear weapons which would be a threat to our safety and security.
Bush wanted to go to war with Saddam so bad that he was willing to tell any lie so he could get the backing of the American public. It is not just Rove who is responsible for this scandel, the largest amount of blame lays with the group of arrogant bastards that sent American sons and daughters to war on trumped-up grounds and in so doing diverted this country's finite resources, human, financial, and others, from fighting the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. This is why the stakes are so high for Bush and his cronies. This scandal is about the unmasking of an ill-conceived war, not the outing of a C.I.A. operative.
Bush would do anything to be able to get his way so he could go to war, because he wanted to be "the war president." So in March, 2002 V.P. Dick Cheney planted the idea, during a CNN interview, that Saddam was "actively pursuing nuclear weapons" at that time. Cheney went on to repeat this same charge in May, 2002 on "Meet the Press," in three speeches in August, 2002 and on "Meet the Press" again in September,2002. Sometime during this time period the frightening word "uranium" was thrown into the mix.
By September Bush was freely using the u-word (along with his infamous "nucular"), too, at the United Nations and across the US. He kept saying how Saddam only needed a small amount of uranium to cause the destruction of America. This is when, out of view of the civilian population, the whole idea of this propaganda campaign was being challenged by people with more official power than Wilson. In October, 2002, as Congress deliberated authorizing war against Iraq, the National Intelligence Estimate was delivered to Congress, which included the State Department's report that a British report of Iraqi pursuit of natural uranium in Africa was very highly doubtful. The White House also recieved an assessment from the CIA that same month that determined the evidence of Saddam purchasing uranium from Africa was weak and overblown. There were also questions raised by some analysts at the State Department as to the legitimacy of some documents that had surfaced in Italy that were supposed to be proof of the Iraq-Niger uranium transaction. These turned out to be blatant forgeries. The Bush administration's propaganda and rhetoric had been hammered constantly for more than five months by then and there was no way to stop the march to war.
Once Bush and his rich fascist friends had us locked into war, and no WMD's were found, the original plot line was dropped in favor of the "We're fighting the terrorists there so we don't have to fight them here" line of propaganda. The warning signs about the uranium claims were forgotten. We were told it was all the C.I.A.'s fault because of their faulty information, or that it didn't matter anyway, because there were new reasons to justify the war. The Bush administration knows how guilty it is. That's why it has been so quick to smear anyone on the inside who chooses to contradict the official line of propaganda about how we got into this mess in Iraq. Former Treasury secretary Paul O'Neill and the former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke both have felt the wrath of the Bushevik's.
So you see, the Bush administration as a whole has opened a "pandora's box" that it can't close or control. Coverup is now the name of the game and it doesn't matter who has to take the fall as long as it is outside of the loyal inner circle. Wilson and Plame were just a small part of the larger coverup. This administration is filled with corruption. This group of rich bastard fascists make the Nixon administration look like Cub Scouts on a weekend retreat.
IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE GOVERNMENT BACK!!!
POWER TO ALL THE PEOPLE, NOT JUST THE RICH FEW!!!