24 July 2005 at 12:38:33 AM
St Louis Post-Dispatch-Karl Rove-He Has Betrayed the Nation
It's ironic that political genius Karl Rove - and perhaps others - could end up in prison for exposing the identity of an undercover CIA agent. Ironic, because their essential mistake in doing so was one of identity: their own.
They think they work for President George W. Bush. They don't. They work for America.
There's no reason to believe that Rove gave much thought at all to Valerie Plame Wilson, a 20-year CIA veteran working in the agency's counterproliferation division, when he mentioned her to at least two reporters in July 2003. The only reason she was in his sights was that she was married to Joseph Wilson IV. Wilson, a retired veteran U.S. diplomat, had gone public with disturbing information that the Bush administration might have twisted intelligence information to support its campaign for starting a war with Iraq.
I don't know whether Rove, now Bush's deputy chief of staff, is a criminal, but I know he suffers from a case of mistaken self-identity. Yes, he serves at the pleasure of the president. But Rove works for the people of the United States of America. He has betrayed their trust.
George Bush Faces a Political Lobotomy
THE White House is in trouble. In this weather, that counts as good news. The reason for the trouble is that George W Bush may be about to lose his brain. Better still, the cause of the trouble goes to the heart of a subject that makes George and all those in his big white house uncomfortable at the best of times: truth and lies.
The possible loss of the presidential brain has nothing to do with trauma or neuro-surgery, of course. In the case of George W, that would be a waste either of a half-brick or operating theatre time. George W, what with the walking and the smiling, is so busy he has other people do his thinking for him. When he needs a brain, he hires one. That would be Karl Rove, deputy chief of staff.
George W will miss him if he goes. Rove it was, after all, who first realised that Bush must at all costs kill the idea that the Iraq venture had anything to do with oil. In other words, it was the brain who came up with a strategy built on the WMD myth in the first place. For good measure – remember the rule of lies – it was on his advice that Bush first began to talk about the bizarre (at least to Arabs) idea of a link between Saddam and al-Qaeda. Rove, indeed, ran the White House Iraq Group, the committee that plotted the war’s justification for George. Now, to add to all his other brain-related woes, the President has to stray into truth-and-lies country once again. That’s a dangerous place. How would it be if he had previously promised to fire anyone shown to be involved in the leak that blew the cover of one of America’s agents? He did, and a promise is a promise, at least to most of us. Not to George W. Last week he decided that what he had meant to say was that he would fire anyone shown to have “committed a crime”. Perhaps he might yet find a loophole for the brain.
That doesn’t mean the affair will be easily brushed aside. The yellow-cake nonsense was one of the lesser fantasies offered up to prepare the world for all the corpses the Iraq Survey Group has estimated, very conservatively, at 25,000. Another attack on America could cause public opinion to draw the same conclusion, in the worst of circumstances, as that drawn by a majority of Britons in the aftermath of the assaults on London. Don’t treat us as idiots, of course there is a connection between terrorism and Iraq. You created it.
For now, in any case, let’s hope Karl Rove is a worried man, and his boss with him.
Rove guilty even if cleared-Bush adviser responsible for blowing Plame's cover
Senior presidential adviser Karl Rove reportedly told investigators that he learned Valerie Plame's name from a newspaper columnist, not a government official. Republican Party officials say the testimony proves that Rove did not break the law by identifying Plame as a CIA agent.
Technically, perhaps not. But he still played a role in leaking Plame's identity.
The New York Times first reported Friday that columnist Robert Novak called Rove on July 9, 2003, to lay out his plans for a piece on former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson. The Times cited a source familiar with Rove's statements to investigators. So did the Los Angeles Times when it picked up the story Saturday.
Novak, the LA Times reported, told Rove that his column would address Wilson's trip to Niger in 2002. Wilson made the trip to evaluate reports that Iraq was attempting to acquire uranium for nuclear weapons. In his 2003 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush used the reports to justify his call for a war against Iraq....
But even if he's cleared by a grand jury, Karl Rove provided Novak and Cooper all the confirmation they needed to blow Valerie Plame's cover. So much for the Bush administration's commitment to national security.
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