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  •  Ex CIA Officers fatally damage Bush credibility (4.00)
    The only thing Bush has ever had going for him is his well-cultivated image as someone who "means what he says."  He came into office in 2001 as the anti-Clinton, the anti-"meaning-of-is" guy.

    But here we are with Karl Rove evidently preparing defenses such as "I heard the name from a reporter" (i.e., one who reports to me).  Or "I heard her name from Novak" after I identified her to Cooper as "Wilson's wife who works at the CIA."  And Bush himself is flipflopping on whether he should fire Rove now that he has admitted having something to do with the leak.

    The ex-CIA agents really laid down a marker today--whether people put national security over party and over the president's advisers' job security.  They were eloquent in their condemnation of the apparent ignorance of (even disdain for) those making up the GOP talking points about the actual practice of intelligence gathering. Even though they are supposedly the "party of the war on terror."  And all throughout is the subtext that what this was relally about was fixing the intelligence, lying about or exaggerating Iraq's supposed nuclear ambitions to justify a (failed) war that they had already determined to fight a year or more before it actually happened.

    This puts politicians and the interviewers and pundits, like Matthews, in the position of basically having to choose which side to implicitly ally themselves with, which side of history they are going to end up on.  This is what happened with Watergate.  They can sell their souls like McCain for talking points that won't stand up, or they can begin to distance themselves from this "cancer on the Presidency."

    There was no internet in Watergate.  It is now so easy to ferret out pieces and put them together that we are all becoming amateur sleuths, and pooling our resources.  They have no hope of keeping a lid on this one.  It is only a matter of time until the rats start leaving the ship.

    Bush can probably survive, but if he loses Rove to an indictment and Cheney to bad health (after Libby's indictment), he is really going to be bereft, the lamest of ducks, and with a new Vice President.  

    "False language, evil in itself, infects the soul with evil." ----Socrates

    by Mimikatz on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 01:51:45 PM PDT

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