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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

It depends on what the meaning of is is...

The Bush administration prides itself on its high values and its consistency of position, unlike the Clintons who preceded it. The CIA-Wilson-Plame-Rove-Libby affair exposes just one of the Big Lies that is the hallmark of this lawless gang.

Let's skip over Scott McLellan's Ziegler-like performance the day that word of Rove's role as a Time Magazine source became known. The deer in the headlights look was appropriate considering the material he had been shoveling for two years. Let's also skip over Ken Mehlman's disingenuous suggestion that Rove deserves an apology for simply trying the steer a reporter away from a bad story. What bad story? The phony Saddam bought yellowcake in Niger? Er, um, that one seems to be true.

No let's look at the pledge to fire anyone in the White House who was involved in the leak. That certainly was a rock solid pledge from an adminsitration that sticks to its guns? Right?

Well, as Ron Ziegler once famously said, that statement is now inoperative. President Bush will now fire anyone in the White House "who committed a crime." This backing off is crucial to his retaining Rove, his "Brain" or perhaps better known as his smear man. Proving this crime -- outing an undercover CIA agent -- was made deliberately tough. Proving that Rove or "Scooter" Libby -- Darth Cheney's chief of staff -- committed a crime, will be daunting.

So W has proved these loyal hatchet men with some room to maneuver. Par for the course for the "responsible" administration that has not held any accountable for monstrous mistakes -- whether their names are George Tenet, Condi Rice, Don Rumsfeld or George Bush.

I guess it all depends on what the meaning of the word is is....


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