Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Throwing Rove to the Sharks?

With the latest revelations about White House involvement in the political firings of those eight U.S. attorneys comes more proof of the authortarian ambitions of the President. We've seen Libby get thrown to the sharks in an effort to protect Rove. Back in January, Jason Leopold and Marc Ash wrote in a Truth Out report:

Thus, Cheney's notes would have read "not going to protect one staffer and sacrifice the guy this Pres. asked to stick his head in the meat grinder because of the incompetence of others." The words "this Pres." were crossed out and replaced with "that was," but are still clearly legible in the document.

The reference to "the meat grinder" was understood to be the Washington press corps, Wells said. The "protect one staffer" reference, Wells said, was White House Political Adviser Karl Rove, whose own role in the leak and the attacks on Wilson are well documented.

Furthermore, Cheney, in his directive to McClellan that day in September 2003, wrote that the White House spokesman needed to immediately "call out to key press saying the same thing about Scooter as Karl."

Cheney was pissed about his having to sacrifice Libby for Karl, but went along with it to protect the President. Since the sharks continue to circle, they seem to be willing to throw another piece of food into the drink to forestall their own inevitable demise.

The White House acknowledged on Sunday that presidential adviser Karl Rove served as a conduit for complaints to the Justice Department about federal prosecutors who were later fired for what critics charge were partisan political reasons.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Rove had relayed complaints from Republican officials and others to the Justice Department and the White House counsel's office. She said Rove, the chief White House political operative, specifically recalled passing along complaints about former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias and may have mentioned the grumblings about Iglesias to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

1 comment:

Amaha said...

The jury member from the Libby trial said it so well, "What about the other guys?"

Karl Rove had to meet with the Grand Jury how many times to clear up discrepancies? Was it five? Something does NOT add up in this case... With Plame's testimony yesterday that she was indeed a 'covert' officer of the CIA and that she had traveled outside of the US as an official covert agent in the past five years adds to the mystery. (This is important because of the original law that was being investigated- agent must have been covert and working outside US within a 5 year time frame.) During Waxman's hearing, this question was framed as being five years from yesterday's date and not the day of her outing in 2003. Plame answered that she had been working outside the US in the past 5 years and since we know her career came to an end in July 2003, that means she had to have been operating covertly during the year leading up to the Robert Novak article that exposed her. We keep hearing that NO crime was committed, but it seems to me that if she was acting covertly outside the US within a year of her outing, then indeed there was a crime committed ... so, "what about the other guys?"

Given Fitzgerld was working in an atmosphere of US attorneys losing their jobs for not supporting Bush policies (crime pays), it is not difficult to wonder if a 'deal' was made with him? We give you Libby, hands off Rove and you get to keep your job... I don't want to believe that Fitzgerld would agree to this, BUT we have seen it over and over and over again.