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  •  The loophole has been drawn (none)
    We can think of only one possible justification for this action: That it was done on the order of the president. The president has the authority to suspend or change security regulations if required by the national interest.

    Not that I'm suggesting STRATFOR is giving him an out, oh no. But it's true what they say -- Bush is in charge, and if he decided to have Plame burned, there is no second-guessing him on it. He can say it was in the interest of the United States, and there's no valid comeback. And, I'm afraid to say, rightly so -- I can imagine a scenario, however unlikely, where burning Plame -did- serve a national interest and we -couldn't- know about why.

    If I were a Bush-defender, I'd start using that talking point immediately. In fact, the fact that they haven't started using it yet is a good sign, I think, because it's the only get-out-of-jail-free card they've got. But maybe it will be played as soon as indictments come down? Who knows? At any rate, I'm afraid that when and if that day comes, the Plame game is over.

    •  Bush isnt responsible. Its Clinton's fault! (none)
      you're right. Bush taking full responsiblity and saying he authorized the leak is the only "get out of jail" card they really have.

      OTOH can you imagine THIS Pres. Bush going on TV and saying that ?

      nope they'll lie and try to muddy the water.

      When I hear the phrase "culture of life" I want to reach for my gun.

      by PoliMorf on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 07:37:55 AM PDT

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    •  hm (none)
      As loopholes go it's a doozy.  Nonetheless I wonder whether they would try that angle.  First, they would have had to have been thinking about that before they started leaking in the first place.  You would think they would need a written dierctive for that sort of order, which Fitz would have found by now, and which would probably be enough to convince him to pack up and go home.  

      A second though.  If it turns out that Bush issued that directive, does that help him?  It seems like a poor political move and I imagine the Directorate of Operations would resign en masse.  

      Tom DeLay's GOP: cheating America in a time of war.

      by Tom Frank on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 08:32:39 AM PDT

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    •  "Get out of jail" Card????? (none)
      I'm not sure that the president can out a NOC but assuming that he could and actually authorized it, under these circumstances, it would be political suicide for BushCo and his cronies to make that public, even to save Turd Blossom.

      IMHO, the real "Get out of jail card" will be a Presidential pardon. I would imagine the political damage from issuing a pardon would be considerably less that acknowledging that the POTUS authorized the outing of a covert operative to smear an Iraq war critic.

    •  the time for this is past (none)
      They would be crazy to use this argument now, because if it were true, Bush would have explained the situation to Ashcroft way back when, or Fitz shortly after he started the investigation. The dumbest thing of all for Bush to do if this were the case would be to let Fitz go through this whole process and then say "dude, it's o.k., they did it on my orders, so let it go." The political damage would have been minimal compared to what he's looking at now.

      -7.75,-7.54; The road to hell is paved with Republicans!

      by erik in grayslake on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 10:05:18 AM PDT

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