Monday, July 18, 2005

More Qualified Statements Worthy of Orwell

Once again our administration is carefully crafting it's words to look like it's saying one thing while saying another.

Previously, President Bush said anyone 'involved in leaking' Valerie Plame's identity would be fired. Sounded pretty good, pretty sweeping. Now we get a more qualified statement. Now Bush says anyone convicted of a crime will be fired. This comes on the heels of Rove saying "I never knew her name, never said her name," as if this somehow exonerates him. (I guess it all depends on what the meaning of 'is' is...)

The haziness of Rove's conversation with Matthew Cooper of Time may well prevent him from being convicted. The law against revealing the identity of covert government operatives is notoriously hard to prove. Still, the behavior of Rove is just another in a long string of political dirty tricks, backstabbing and behind-the-scenes slander that sadly is typical of this administration's tactics. Click on this Google search ("Karl Rove" "Dirty Tricks") to see for yourself.

Now what would you pay? But wait, there's more! Matthew Cooper now writes in a story in Time magazine that both Rove and Scooter Libby were involved in leaking the information, in direct contradiction to statements made by the White House in the past few years. Lies, lies, then more lies.

At least no one is fooling around with an intern.

See these great video clips from The Daily Show for a pretty good explanation of what this is all about.

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