Tuesday, July 12, 2005
More WMDs (Words of Mass Deception)
"Pssst ... do you wanna know a State Secret?" Lie #1: White House Press Secretary Scott Maclellan in September and October 2003: From CNN.com: McClellan said he had spoken directly with Rove about the matter and that "he was not involved" in leaking Plame's identity to the news media. McClellan said at the time: "The president knows that Karl Rove wasn't involved," "It was a ridiculous suggestion" and "It's not true." Turns out it was not ridiculous, and in fact true. This in today on CNN.com: Rove told Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper that the woman "apparently works" for the CIA and that she had authorized her husband's trip to Africa to assess allegations that Iraq was trying to obtain yellowcake uranium for nuclear weapons, according to a July 11, 2003, e-mail by Cooper obtained by Newsweek magazine. So, Rove IS the leaker. This is huge news, folks. Lie #2: In February, 2004, Bush said "If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is ... if the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of." Today, when asked if he would be firing Rove, President Bush did not respond. I don't think he will fire Rove, which will make the above statement lie #2. Only one word can describe how I feel: Schadenfreude. Also, I'm glad this historical event is shifting the argument away from a very confusing Freedom of the Press issue, and is now focusing on the question: "exactly how evil is the President's top advisor?" Answer: very.