Thursday, November 24, 2005


Liars and Traitors and Smears (oh my!)

With the recent indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby for his involvement in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, it came as little surprise that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will present new evidence to a grand jury this coming week. The Libby indictment as well as Mr. Fitzgerald's accompanying press conference, left little doubt that there was more to come. It was in fact the depth and degree of Libby's (alleged) obstruction of justice that made the initial two year investigation "only" produce these initial charges. At least for now. Rove, Cheney, Bolton, and Hadley are just some of the names that are heard in the buzz surrounding the investigation. The list may be long. The right wing spin machine is sure to ramp up again, spewing many previously stated myths and falsehoods. The White House will remain mum, enlisting their designated Robo-Liar Scott McClellan to endlessly drone:
"as part of cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation, that means we're not going to be commenting on it while it is ongoing...this question is coming up in the context of this ongoing investigation, and that's why I said that our policy continues to be that we're not going to get into commenting on an ongoing criminal investigation."
Ad friggin' nausem.

Those hungry for smear can rest assured that the "Talking Points Diner" will be open round the clock, serving up Rovian personal attack stew, topped off with a half-baked wedge of propaganda pie. Your waiter Limbloat or his flat head assistant Hannity will be with you shortly. I'm sorry America, we don't serve truth here and our dishes are high in contempt and fact-free. Now sit down, shut up, and eat - you freedom hating liberal rape room loving terrorist sympathizer. Ouch.

Character assassination, smearing and denigration have been the soupe de jour on the Bush/Rove menu for years. The recipe is simple: Speak the truth, expose a renegade agenda , or refuse to fix the facts around the policy, and watch out. This administration will go out of its way to ruin you. If you happen to be squeaky clean, then your wife or family is fair game. But make no mistake, the spin and deception exists to distract from and distort the underlying truth - that a high crime was committed. That is why there is an investigation. To choose party loyalty over national security, and reveal the identity of a CIA agent during war time is treason. This is a serious issue. However it is just a "surface" issue of a much deeper and sadder travesty - the deception and lies that misled our country and our troops into an unnecessary and premeditated war.

Well said. They're all counting on us to 'pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.'
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