4.07.2006

Libby Monkey Wrenches the Bush Regime

Libby Testimony Bodes Well for Sick Democracy. Its Fitzmas! Hurrah! Hurrah! One of the few bastions of justice, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has brought all the sad little citizens a gift. A conundrum of a lie and a leaking.

Here, let's let the goodies speak for themselves, okay?
Fitzgerald quoted Libby as saying he was authorized to tell New York Times reporter Judith Miller that Iraq was "vigorously trying to procure" uranium. Fitzgerald said Libby told him it "was the only time he recalled in his government experience when he disclosed a document to a reporter that was effectively declassified by virtue of the president's authorization that it be disclosed."

But wait, there's more!
Libby's testimony puts the president and the vice president in the awkward position of authorizing leaks. Both men have long said they abhor such practices, so much so that the administration has put in motion criminal investigations at their behest to hunt down leakers.

What's this, they hate leaks and yet they authorized leaks, according to sworn testimony by the Vice President of the United States' Chief of Staff? Ooops.
What's the Democrats response?
"The president and the vice president must be held accountable," Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said from the Senate floor. "Accountable for misleading the American people, accountable for the disclosure of classified material for political purposes. It is as serious as it gets in this democracy."

And yeah, I think I'm going to have to agree. How could you not? How can just explain away such a brazen lie?

And the Republican response?
Presidential spokesman said the White House would have no comment on the investigation. Attorney General said the president has the "inherent authority to decide who should have classified information."

I almost feel sorry for Scott McClellan. But then I remember that he's a tool. Truly and completely. I Republican speak-bot without even the slightest shred of human dignity. I bet his hands are always cold and clammy.

And Alberto Gonzales seems to be saying that Bush can do pretty much any damned thing he pleases. Which is exactly why Bush appointed him Attorney General. So now its okay that Bush gave classified information to be leaked to the press for his own political ends and to help push the country in to an ever-worsening war?

The bells are starting to toll. And, Mr. Bush, they toll for thee.

How do I know? Why don't we take a look at your latest poll numbers, shall we?

: 36% approval, lowest ever in this poll.
: 40%, also a lowest ever.
Bush handling of Iraq: 35%, another lowest ever.
: down 12% in the last year.

What about the GOP-led Congress that's been your muscle?
Overall approval of GOP-led Congress: 30%
Which party should control Congress: 49% Democrats, 33% Republicans. The 16 point margin is widest ever in this poll.
Protecting the Nation: Tied at 41% each, this is an issue the GOP has dominated for decades (according to the article).
: 40%.

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