Monday, March 29, 2004

"Crooks": Is KaWen dirty after all? Look! It's a bird, it's a Plame .... 

Good golly.

No matter how cynical I am with these guys, it's never, never enough. Back here I threw out the naive notion that maybe Bush was turning to KaWen, not only because Babs and Waura told him to, but because she was the only clean one left. My bad. Direct from the Salon war room here:

Karen Hughes and her actions have fallen under the scrutiny of the prosecutor. The Plame grand jury has subpoenaed records created by the White House Iraq Group in July 2003, the same month Plame was outed in the Novak column. Hughes was a member of the White House Iraq Group, an internal body that coordinated strategy for, among other things, selling the war here at home. Other members of the group were Karl Rove, Mary Matalin, James Wilkinson, legislative liaison Nicholas E. Calio and policy advisers including Condoleezza Rice, her deputy, Stephen J. Hadley, and I. Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

Well well. Very familiar names.

On her media tour, there are many relevant questions Hughes might be asked: Were Plame or Wilson's names ever mentioned at the meetings of the White House Iraq Group? By whom? What is the relation of that group to any damage control group involving Plame and Wilson? Since Hughes wasn't officially on the White House payroll, did the order by the White House counsel not to destroy records in the Plame case apply to her? Has Hughes retained counsel in this matter? Has she testified before the grand jury or been interviewed by the FBI? Has she discussed Valerie Plame or Joe Wilson with anyone in the White House Iraq Group -- or any other White House officials -- at any time, before or after the publication of the Novak column? With whom has she ever discussed Plame or Wilson? Rove? "Scooter" Libby? Cheney? The President?

We'll be waiting eagerly for these questions, and the answers to them, to appear in the pages of Pravda on the Potomac and Izvestia on the Hudson. [Pause for hollow laughter.]

And I'm sorry I was so naive. Readers, can you ever forgive me?

NOTE Thanks to alert readers from The A1 project for the link. Some steak with the sauce?

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