Saturday, July 16, 2005

John W. Dean thinks Rove is in trouble

We're all speculating at this point of course. Trial by main stream media or by blog is just that, being on the outside and still trying to put the pieces together. Rove may not be guilty of the most serious infractions, but he may have violated others laws that have toppled others. Of course they didn't have the political pull of the prince of darkness, the master of the political smear.

It Appears That Karl Rove Is In Serious Trouble
There is no solid information that Rove, or anyone else, violated this law designed to protect covert CIA agents. There is, however, evidence suggesting that other laws were violated. In particular, I have in mind the laws invoked by the Bush Justice Department in the relatively minor leak case that it vigorously prosecuted, though it involved information that was not nearly as sensitive as that which Rove provided Matt Cooper (and possibly others).

The Jonathan Randel Leak Prosecution Precedent

Randel got a year in federal prison in addition to three years probation. I'm sure Rove is watching his back, he needs to.

Friday, July 15, 2005

In Novak's column of July 14, 2003 that I got from Town Hall says " Two senior administration officials told me Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger to investigate the Italian report. " But this is what Rove told the Grand Jury accoring to this report:

The person, who works in the legal profession and spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of grand jury proceedings, told The Associated Press that Rove testified last year that he remembers specifically being told by columnist Robert Novak that Valerie Plame, the wife of a harsh Iraq war critic, worked for the CIA.

Novak says in effect, since we now know that Rove was one of his sources that he was told Plame was CIA. Rove says Novak told him. Who's lying ? Who's the other source.

And by the way, when did the Whitehouse chief of staff start getting his secret intelligence briefings from 3rd rate trolls like Novak.

Part of the current right-wing noise machine is that Rove didn't reveal Plame's name, but learned it from journalists. There appears to be some doubt about that.

How does State fit in the Plame outting mix?
What is worth noting here is the timing - the fact that State had prepared a memo abot Plame a full month before Wilson's oped appeared.

Colin Powell and others were bouncing her name around, so Cheney and others in the administration probably heard it from administration sources before journalists knew. Also, Plame's was still considered a cover operative by the CIA and the CIA were the ones that asked for this investigation in the first place, so it doesn't really add up that Rove was just repeating gossip.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Right-wing noise and Rove

Josh Marshall nails it
Now we can see in full view what we've seen again and again in recent years, the favored tactic: terror by grand moral inversion, the lie so total and audacious that it almost knocks opponents off their feet.

John Kerry decorated war hero? No, coward and showboat.

We noted yesterday the great article by Josh Green in the Atlantic last year in which Josh chronicled the tactic as Rove practiced it in races he ran down in Alabama in the 1990s. In one state supreme court race his candidate went up against an opponent who'd developed an impeccable reputation on child welfare issues (he was a former family court judge). Once you understand the pattern, the strategy suggests itself. Rove orchestrated a whispering campaign to spread the word that the man was a pedophile. Like I said, audacious.

Conservatives, or right-wing radicals as they should becalled (there's not a Lincoln or Eisenhower in sight) care far more about ideological purity then they do the rule of law or personal responsibility.
"Our landings have failed and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Gadflyer clears away some clutter on Rovegate

Follow the Time-Line
As noted above, the nepotism charge is also central to the anti-Wilson/Plame smear campaign. But, what's the nepotism allegation supposed to imply? That Wilson was biased against President Bush? Or, that his wife, a covert operative working for the United States government on intelligence related to WMD was biased against? The implication of these claims must be that either Wilson was incompetent, or biased, or both, thus discrediting his findings? But, how can this line of argument be taken seriously? The substance of Wilson's July 6 column is very specific - he found no evidence to support the claim that there was a relationship between Niger and Iraq regarding Uranium. On the very day that Rove was supposedly acting the part of a Good Samaritan, the director of the CIA was confirming the substance of Wilson's column.

How tedious and boring that the righties are trying to smear a man that Bush Sr praised so highly just 15 years ago. Wlison was a career diplomat. What ever his personal political leanings he seems to be the kind of person that puts country before personal politics, something the party of wing-nuttiness seems unable to do.

Detectives now believe the London bombings were carried out by four British-born men in what were possibly the country's first suicide attacks.

If the British and Americans would just invade Iraq all this terrorism would stop. Oh thats right they already tried that.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The CIA versus anti-american right-wingers

From Kos
The CIA declined to discuss Plame's intelligence work, but an agency official disputed suggestions that she was a mere analyst whose public exposure would have little consequence. "If she was not undercover, we would have no reason to file a criminal referral," the CIA official said, insisting on anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

Kind of puts a nail through the heart of the right-wing fanatics that are trying to sell American patriots that Plame wasn't really a NOC agent. CIA 1, Wing-nuts 0.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Conservatives are to " ideas", what gravity is to zero gravity

If you want to see what the bold new conservative ideas are push aside dreams of the future, forget weighty intellectual inquiry or the wisdom of history. Just look up social darwinism or The Gilded Age, the so-called ideas of conservatives are not only not ideas, they're recycled and tragic social and economic conventions. Mark Schmitt, being both smarter and a better editor then me, reduces conservative ideas even further.
I made some similar points last week on TPMCafe, which I hope everyone is reading and enjoying, with particular attention to the fact that many Republican ideas are slogans without substance, or with substance that contradicts the slogans, while liberal ideas are more likely to be serious, substantive, meaningful, but lack a slogan.

link to Mark's TPM post

Just one last quick thought. Selling ideas is important, but maybe its not always the salesperson's fault. Just maybe the shop down the street is selling Eteranl Youth Snake Oil real cheap and for now, anyway people are buying it. Unfortunately people that are taken in a scam, like those that voted for our current crop of snake oil salesmen are loath to admit they've been scammed.