Morning Report 10/28/05
War Criminal Nears Indictment
What did George W. Bush know? When did he know it? That's irrelevant. He's the Harriet Miers — the cipher — of his own administration. As Scooter Libby's expected indictment later today nears, the real questions include these: What lies did U.S. CEO Dick Cheney want the American people to believe about Iraq? How did he and Libby, his chief aide and someone who sat in all the Iraq policy sessions, get that task done?
It really doesn't matter what Patrick Fitzgerald does or doesn't do. Keep checking his website for info, but that won't change the facts that we already know:
The Iraq debacle was the result of a plot by the Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal to "fix" the intelligence to justify an unjustified invasion. After gushers of blood have drowned more than 2,000 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis, don't people finally get that?
Scooter Libby is Dick Cheney's top aide. He was involved not only in that plotting but in the plotting against Valerie Plame, wife of whistleblower Joseph Wilson. And so was Cheney himself.
Who cares what those two and Karl Rove had their front man Bush say to the public? What went on behind the scenes by the real decision-makers?
How fitting that this secondary plot centers on what did or didn't take place in Niger, one of the poorest places on Earth. Our government's dismissive treatment of the horrendous starvation in Niger early in the summer — even by our black Secretary of State Condi Rice — should have told us what would happen in late August, when Hurricane Katrina hit, when black people in our own country fell victim to a natural disaster and New Orleans got hit by devastating whitening strikes.
But let's go back to the unnatural disaster of Iraq. Watergate was a third-rate burglary — literally. But we all know its significance as an exemplar of abusive presidential power.
No matter what yakkers like David Gergen say on MSNBC or elsewhere — that this stuff doesn't rise to the level of a Watergate or Iran-Contra scandal — they're wrong. It does. Watergate, Bill Clinton's cum stains — those are mere specks compared with the abuse of presidential power by Bush's main handlers Cheney, Libby, Rove, and Rumsfeld. More on that later. In the meantime, bloody hands all around.