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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

George Bush, Traitor and Liar in Chief

George Bush, Traitor and Liar in Chief

Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 10:59:24 AM PST

By L C Johnson (bio/blog)



Former Presidential spokesliar, oops, I mean spokesman, Scott
McClellan, reminded us this week that the fish rots from the head.
McClellan drops the truth bombshell that implicates George Bush and
Dick Cheney in the sordid outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.
CNN reports that:




Amid a swelling controversy about the leak of Valerie Wilson's name,
McClellan went to the White House podium in October 2003 and told
reporters that Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, and
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, had not been involved.
. .



There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes in his new
book, "What Happened," which is to be released in April. "I had
unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest
ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so:
Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the
president himself."



We
knew about Rove and Libby. But now we can add the names of George
Bush, Dick Cheney, and Andy Card to the list of people who helped
create the lie, i.e., that no one at the White House was involved in
leaking the name of Valerie. We no longer have to wonder if any damage
was done. We have the revelations in Valerie's book, Fair Game,
describing in detail her job as the operations chief for the Iraq Task
Force and her mission of tracking down and eliminating weapons of mass
destruction.


If outing a CIA intelligence officer collecting intelligence on our
enemy during a time of war is not treason, then what is? George Bush
commuted the prison sentence of Scooter Libby to help buy his silence.
Why? McClellan's revelation blows the cover on that sham. Bush was
involved. Of course we will now witness the spectacle of Republicans,
who delighted in castigating Bill Clinton for his confusion about the
meaning of sex, themselves doing verbal gymnastics as they search for
what the meaning of "involved". Horseshit! This is an impeachable
offense. George Bush not only helped obstruct justice, but continues
to obstruct justice. The President is no longer an idle bystander. He
is a participant in a cover up. He knew that Rove, Libby, Card, and
Cheney were involved in leaking Valerie's name. Yet the coward, the
man who failed to complete his Reserve duty, went AWOL on his staff.
He sent Scott McClellan out to lie to the press.



We already knew that Bush was neither honorable nor a man or his
word. Despite his vow to remove anyone involved in leaking the name of
Valerie Plame Wilson, he kept Card, Rove and Libby safe in the White
House until Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald blew the whistle.
And even then, Bush refused to do the right thing. He acted immorally
and illegally. Why should Scooter come clean when he knows his
co-conspirator will get him off? And he did.



Now the ball is in the court of the Congress. Will the Democrats
find their spine and enforce the law? I doubt it. They want the perks
of power without being willing to bear the burden of upholding justice
and and enforcing the law. Will the Republicans voice outrage at this
betrayal? Not likely. Men of the character of Howard Baker, who
called out Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, no longer lead
that party.



George Bush may be genial, but now we know he is scum. Facilitating
the cover up of the crime of outing a CIA operative in a time of war
puts blood on his hands. It is that simple.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/11/21/13497/800






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