Sunday, July 17, 2005

Frogmarch Watch: Enter Dick Cheney [stage right] 

As for the question, What did the President know and when did he know it, Dick "Fuck Yourself" Cheney knew... Oh, wait, Cheney's not the President. I forgot. Let me start over with a better lead.

Was Novak's famous "second source" "high administration official" and Cheney lackey "Scooter" Libby? (I've always loved the name, Scooter. Bet he wears a whale tie!) Looks like it:

The vice president's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, was a source along with the president's chief political adviser [Karl Rove] for a Time story that identified a CIA officer, [Time magazine] reporter [Matt Cooper] said Sunday [on Meet the Press], further countering White House claims [lies—Ed.] that neither aide was involved in the leak.

Until last week, the White House had insisted [lied—Ed.] for nearly two years that Libby and Rove had no connection to the leak. Plame's husband is Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson, the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq at the start of the Persian Gulf War.

The White House refused last week to repeat its denials [lies—Ed.] about Rove's involvement. The refusal came amid the disclosure that Rove told Cooper on July 11, 2003, that Wilson's wife apparently worked at the CIA and that she had authorized a trip he took to Africa in 2002. The White House on Sunday declined to comment [stonewalled—Ed.] about Libby, saying the investigation was ongoing.
(via Times)

Well, well. Lift a rock and another member of the W.H.I.G. (White House Iraq Group, back) scuttles out. It would be interesting to know if the other members of the W.H.I.G.—Karen Hughes, Libby, Andrew Card, Mary Matalin and James Wilkinson, as well as Condi and her creature Stephen Hadley—knew anything about the Rove-ian bankshot of smearing Joe Wilson by outing Valerie Plame. Say, the W.H.I.G. held regular meetings, right? Wonder if this is in the minutes? Maybe that's why Fitzgerald wants All their records?

You know, this whole thing reminds of that great old Agatha Christie novel, Murder on the Orient Express. The whodunnit is totally confusing, clues pointing every which way and cancelling each other out, until Hercule Poirot figures out that the reason the clues could only make sense if they were all in on it, is that, indeed, they were all in on it.

And Cheney, though he of course he worked through a straw (Libby) was in on it too. After all, the goal of W.H.I.G. was to "fix the intelligence and the facts around the policy." And Libby was the one who handed stovepiped intelligence to Cheney, so Cheney could go to the CIA and "fix the intelligence" by browbeating the analysts until they fell in line with the policy. So Cheney's in this up to his wrinkled turkey neck. It's not just Rove any more.

Pass the popcorn!

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