Sunday, April 09, 2006

John Stewart had him first...

Well, when Joe Wilson was a guest on John Stewart's "comedy news" show - July 24, 2003 it was (check Lisa Rein's archives) - I knew Stewart could count a major coup, because it would turn out to be the big story on Bush's war. It may not bring Bush down, but it looks like Libby and Cheney are in for some serious dusting off over it, and it should be clear to all but the blindest that the war was a put-up job from the get go.

The Washington Post ran this today:
"As he drew back the curtain this week on the evidence against Vice President Cheney's former top aide, Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the first time described a "concerted action" by "multiple people in the White House" - using classified information - to "discredit, punish or seek revenge against" a critic of President Bush's war in Iraq.
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Fitzgerald wrote that Cheney and his aides saw Wilson as a threat to "the credibility of the Vice President (and the President) on a matter of signal importance: the rationale for the war in Iraq." They decided to respond by implying that Wilson got his CIA assignment by "nepotism."

They were not alone. Fitzgerald reported for the first time this week that "multiple officials in the White House" - not only Libby and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, who have previously been identified - discussed Plame's CIA employment with reporters before and after publication of her name on July 14, 2003, in a column by Robert D. Novak. Fitzgerald said the grand jury has collected so much testimony and so many documents that "it is hard to conceive of what evidence there could be that would disprove the existence of White House efforts to 'punish' Wilson.""

It can't get much plainer than this. Even the willful ignorance of the Republican true-believers will be stretched thin. I don't have great hopes that the Dems will do anything with this ammunition, but if Bush's approval rating drops below 30%, it should make a great difference in the mid-term elections.

Then of course, we wait to see if the jack boots come out.

Do we start burying the silver in the backyard yet?
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