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More on the whole Bush Libby thing. Nixon dealt with the fallout – will Bush?

Well, the fiasco that the current presidential administration is continues to spiral down to set new lows. The latest boondoggle of Our King Bush was the commutation of scooter libby’s jail sentence. Apparently, Bush cronies really are above the law.

Lets flash back to the early 70’s when another popular president was having his problems with some of the actions of his cronies. Nixon was in hot water for the Watergate break-in, and the investigations were getting pretty close to home. Much like the bushmeister, Nixon was managing to keep one step ahead of Congress and the american public with fast thinking, song and dance, and lots of political posturing (OK, nobody will ever claim bush is a fast thinker, but run with me here). Then, good old Tricky Dick made a major tactical blunder – he fired the special investigator that was slowly making headway in the watergate investigation. This was something that the american people – and their elected representatives – wouldn’t sit still for. Up until that point, Nixon was viewed as “just another semi-crooked politician” – nothing different from the rest of the politicians. But when he punted the person that was most likely to be able to shed light on a long history of questionable dealings, public opinion solidified: Nixon was clearly trying to hide something, and was willing to fire the people that were exposing him to keep it secret.

People were no more upset about the actual things Nixon had done up to that point – the true blunder was that by firing the person that the public saw as the “finder of truth”, Nixon made it clear that he was willing to use his executive power to hide his wrong doing. End of story. Public outrage made it clear that Nixon was not going to survive, and he resigned shortly thereafter.

Now, lets take a look at the whole bush/libby deal. Libby was a major insider in the bush administration – he knows what was going on, he knows about the discussion, plans, and machinations that were used to allow bush (and other cronies) to circumvent the laws, constitution, and international treaties. He has the inside scoop on secret deportations, kidnappings, warrantless wiretapping, firing of federal prosecutors, and all of the other issues that Bush has been doing his best to keep hidden. And suddenly, this well of information is facing a coupla years in prison. This is a Bad Thing for the bush administration, because there is a really good chance that there will be some sort of deal offered to dear old scooter – some nice on-tape chats in exchange for a reduced or eliminated sentance. Suddenly, the curtain of secrets has a hole, and it could bring the whole circus crashing down around dear old george’s ears. So what is a president to do?

In a move that makes Nixon’s firing of the special investigator look well thought out, bush commuted libby’s sentence. Suddenly, there is no reason for scooter to spill the beans, and bush’s secrets are safe again. But wait, what about the people? Just like Nixon, the american public is starting to take notice. Bush is backpedaling – a few months ago, he was ranting about how important it was for criminals to serve out their sentences. Of course, that was simply poltical posturing, no would expect him to actualy mean what he says. Especially when his own skin is at risk. So now the question is: where do we go from here?

Public outrage is mounting, and with the primaries coming up, it is unlikely to die down. Nixon had the balls to admit that he had finally blundered so badly that staying in office would do more harm to the nation and people’s respect for the presidency than could be justified, and he resigned. Bush has already destroyed the credibility of the office if the President, and has done more harm to the nation than Nixon ever did. Somehow, I can’t imagine that bush will ever have the balls to actually do the right thing and step down. Of course, if bush did resign, it wouldn’t make all that much difference – cheney would simply stop pulling the george’s puppet strings, and act directly. But then, how long would he last?


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  1. Cheney is going to be impeached first, with Duhbya in close second if he doesn’t get a clue first and bail out on his own…he has zero integrity, so I don’t think he’s smart enough to resign, that would be him having to ‘admit’ that his pappy was a better president than him (while everyone already knows and accepts W as the WORST PRESIDENT EVER!)

    The indictment says Libby illegally obstructed the investigation into the White House outing of an undercover CIA agent, Valerie Plame Wilson. He also was charged with perjury and making false statements to FBI agents.

    The ongoing investigation of Karl Rove revolves around the same issues, among possible others.

    Former President George H. W. Bush was right in 1999 when he said, “I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors.”

    Former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie was right when he said, “I think if the allegation is true, to reveal the identity of an undercover CIA operative—it’s abhorrent, and it should be a crime, and it is a crime.”

    The American people must know this important truth: This indictment is about a cover-up of the lies that led our nation to war in Iraq.

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