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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Resign, do not collect $200 and go to jail

What's the chance of Bush's svengali, Karl Rove, resigning over the Valerie Plame scandal? We now know, finally, that Rove did indeed reveal the CIA agent's name to journalists. That's a crime.

The revelation was political payback of the cruellest kind. Diplomat Joseph Wilson had dumped all over Bush's false claims of yellowcake in Niger and we know how much the Bush administration loves dissent.

Rove must resign and face charges. In Bush's America - or Australia, for that matter, as we witness the Immigration failure Bill Farmer off to romance the Indonesians - accountability matters little. The media is unlikely to pressure for Rove's head. In a time of "war", we are told, such questions are unpatriotic. Witness the right-wingers in the US after the London attacks. Their ignorance is touching in a twisted kind of way, especially in light of the fact that their bullying and messages are ignored by the vast majority of the world. Never criticise the rulers (as Australia's resident ignoramus knows all too well) and the insider's glow will continue.

Take these insights from the Washington Times' Bill Sammon:

"I think the entire conversation changes now. You know, we were talking about Gitmo and whether the prisoners had sufficient comforts...That debate is obliterated. And now we're back to, guess what? Good and evil. I mean, this is what Tony Blair, and Jack Straw, and all these people were talking about. They're talking about using words like wicked and evil, the words that Bush was mocked for using by his detractors when 9/11 happened. But that's where the conversation's back to. We're not talking about global warming. We're not talking about Gitmo. We're back to the basics. We are at war."

I nominate Sammon as the best candidate for the 2008 US Presidential election; he understands as little as the current leader.


Anonymous Simon said...

I'd take the left much more seriously if they felt the same way about Sandy Berger's NSC shenanigans...this just feels like the Dems have got their own Starr Report brewing.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 1:52:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Nobody is defending Sandy Berger here, or the Democrats, who are just as hopeless, conflicted and morally bankrupt as the Republicans. This is no longer about Dems vs Republicans. Kerry was suggesting a greater committment to Iraq, not less.
Rove needs to go, but Bush would probably not survive without him, so who knows...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:06:00 pm  
Anonymous Simon said...

Bush'll do's the ass-hatted stupidity of the Dems that keep him going, not Rove. They are repeating every single dumb play the GOP made in the 1990s with Clinton: demonize the popular opponent, lose touch with the people who like him ("they're all idiots/sheeple"), cry "no fair!" at every opportunity, fail to come up with any positive alternatives. The MoveOn loonies look identical to the Free Republic conspiracists (sp?) of ten years ago.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:44:00 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

"What's the chance of Bush's svengali, Karl Rove, resigning over the Valerie Plame scandal?"

Roughly that of Jeff Gannon having a quiet weekend at home.

I'm most pleased that the GOP is shit-scared of MoveOn. If they're not scared, they're stupid.


Thursday, July 14, 2005 10:35:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

The chances of Rove resigning are indeed slim. But then, depends how hard the US MSM will push the Bushies...
I know, the answer to that is already clear...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 11:26:00 am  

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