So a year and a half ago Bush went on the record saying that he would fire anyone who was involved in the leak of the undercover CIA operative.
Then he changed his mind and said that he would let the courts decide (this after scooter Libbey got nabbed for lieing), and now it seems that perhaps Bush himself was the cause of all the leaks.
Scooter says that he was authorized to leak by none other than Bush and Dick themselves.
Detailed evidence has emerged for the first time suggesting that President Bush played a direct role in authorizing a selective, surreptitious leak of information from a highly classified national security document to rebut critics of the war in Iraq.
Bush has long complained about inappropriate disclosures of sensitive intelligence information, and there is no suggestion that he broke the law, because experts say the president has the legal authority to declassify information.
But critics said the disclosures, made public in a court filing in Washington related to the CIA leak case, appear to show Bush doing something he has repeatedly decried: trying to manipulate public opinion by quietly leaking information to the press behind a veil of anonymity.
According to the filing, Vice President Dick Cheney told a top aide that Bush had authorized the release of information supporting the administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein had sought nuclear weapons materials in the African nation of Niger.
“I served for 13 years on the House Intelligence Committee, and I know intelligence must never be classified or declassified for political purposes,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. “One of the constants in the Bush administration’s miserable record on Iraq has been the manipulation of intelligence precisely for political purposes. That has caused our intelligence — which used to be accepted without question around the world — to be viewed with skepticism by the international community.”
So the main question is, does this mean we can impeach Bush now? How many people does he have to get needlessly killed in an illegal war, or ruin anymore ecological law, or pass laws that make the rich richer, and the poor poorer. I mean is the only thing that gets you impeached in this country blow jobs? If thats what it takes sign me up for the first free blow job for the president. I know it will be unpleasant but if thats what it takes to make people impeach him then I am willing to do my patriotic duty.
It snowed today. Weird. Good old New England still has a few tricks up her sleeve. After it got done snowing the roofs of all the buildings around where I work had steam rising off of them. It was really interesting and beautiful to watch. Crazy weather.
I also volunteered at a food pantry today, it was so busy that three hours shot by like it was nothing. I spent the whole time moving food from pallets to shelves and from shelves into bags for people.
I live on Cape Cod. One of the richest places in America. And the number of people in need amazed me. Most of these people are the working poor, that is they have jobs and work full time but can not afford to live. Its horrible. Some of them are old and have no one to take care of them and don’t get enough social security to live on, and some are immigrant workers that bust their ass in the hotels and restaurants around here but don’t make enough money for food. I am so glad that places like the Falmouth Service Center are there to help.
If our country would spend a tenth of what we spend blowing people up in Iraq, on poverty reduction, we wouldn’t have this problem. And that is really what makes me sad, no one in power seems to get it. You never see anything new out of them, they never seem to think up any grand ideas. Anyone from either party who comes up with any sort of progressive or interesting ideas has to make so many back room deals, and add so many pork amendments to the bill, that by the time its done no one gets what they want and its all crap.
I am almost tempted to say that we vote the entire lot of them out and replace them all with new people. It would be chaos sure, but only for a couple of years, and we really need new blood. Almost everyone in congress is going to get re-elected this year. Thats just plain madness.
Lets put it this way, if you hired someone to take care of your lawn. And you came home one day to find that this person has written in big huge flaming letters on your grass “fuck you idiot, I only care about myself” would you fire them? Well the people in the government work FOR YOU. You HIRED them with your votes. And they are making the rich richer, the poor poorer, fucking the environment, starting wars that get our sons and daughters killed for no good reason, all the while filling their pockets with money. Think about it.
Weeeee! Well we all knew it was going to happen. This guy is just a bad person. He was power hungry and cared more about his personal agenda than he did about the wellbeing of this country. I say good riddance.
Republican Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the House of Representatives’ fallen majority leader, announced on Tuesday the end of a re-election fight he was in jeopardy of losing and said he would soon step down from the U.S. Congress.
“It’s time for me to go do something else,” DeLay told Fox News.
DeLay insisted that he did not feel defeated in the face of legal battles and blamed politics for his woes, which have included an indictment in Texas on campaign finance charges and a Capitol Hill lobbying scandal that so far has ensnared two of his former aides.
The shock announcement came 12 years after DeLay helped Republicans capture control of the House. Democrats have sought to make DeLay and Republican ethical scandals an issue as they try to recapture the chamber this year in November elections.
“I feel kind of excited, frankly,” DeLay said. “I’m looking forward to being liberated outside the House, doing whatever I can to unify the conservative cause.” DeLay said he was acting to ensure Republicans held on to his seat.
First elected in 1984, DeLay was nicknamed “The Hammer” for his hardball political tactics. He was rebuked by the House ethics committee on three separate matters in 2004 and stepped down as House majority leader in September after being indicted.
“This is totally a political operation, using our criminal justice system for political purposes and political gain,” DeLay said.
An impressive ability to raise and distribute money entangled him in the influence-peddling investigation surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in which two of his former top aides pleaded guilty and were helping the prosecutors.
Abramoff has also been cooperating in the probe into whether members of Congress gave his clients favorable treatment in exchange for campaign contributions, Super Bowl tickets and other gifts.
Bush was so ready to go to war, seems he didn’t need anyone but god to let him know he was doing the right thing.
A new memo released seems to point out that he was going to do it no matter what. More here.
In the weeks before the United States-led invasion of Iraq, as the United States and Britain pressed for a second United Nations resolution condemning Iraq, President Bush’s public ultimatum to Saddam Hussein was blunt: Disarm or face war.
But behind closed doors, the president was certain that war was inevitable. During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair’s top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times.
“Our diplomatic strategy had to be arranged around the military planning,” David Manning, Mr. Blair’s chief foreign policy adviser at the time, wrote in the memo that summarized the discussion between Mr. Bush, Mr. Blair and six of their top aides.
“The start date for the military campaign was now penciled in for 10 March,” Mr. Manning wrote, paraphrasing the president. “This was when the bombing would begin.”
Now more than 2000 American lives have been lost, many many many more Iraq lives, all for what? Lower cost of oil, shit even oil is above 65 dollars a barrel. Maybe we went for freedom, well now we have civil war. Perhaps we went to stabilize the region, pardon me while I take a few hearty gut laughs then throw up all over the place.
Here is a flash representation of all the “coalition of the willing” soldiers that have been killed. Its pretty heart breaking watching it play.
Andy Card is goners. He resigned today. Maybe he was tired of all the shit he had to deal with on a daily basis. I imagine keeping up with Karl’s latest evil scheme or making sure the president doesn’t do anything really stupid, or keeping Dick Cheney from shooting anyone else can weary a man. Or maybe he humped a school buss full of nuns, and now needs to “spend more time with his family.” Really its anyones guess. So you say to yourself “ohh well now he can bring in some fresh blood, someone new, someone with different ideas, someone to help them out.” You then realize that this is the Bush co. administration we are dealing with now and see that he has picked Josh Bolton another “yes” man. Expect more of the same, and by more of the same I mean its going to get worse and worse and worse….
White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Josh Bolten, an administration official said Tuesday.
President Bush was expected to announce the shake up during a meeting with reporters with reporters later Tuesday morning in the Oval Office of the White House.
The move comes amid a sharp decline in Bush’s approval ratings and calls from Republicans for the president to bring in new aides with fresh ideas and new energy.