Bush is a Leaker, Too!
Well folks, have no fear, it turns out our president is a leaker, too!
Who would have thought? Another day and another huge political story.
For what seems like several decades now, the elite media and the Washington insiders have been obsessed over some "leak" story. Men who've had similar incidents to the one described above would perk up just for a second and then realize it had nothing to do with pee and tune out again. Basically, pretty insider story. Not the kind of thing you can "get your head around" like a blow job in the oval office. Oh, I kill me!
So in case you missed it, here's the quick background. This lady named Valerie was a CIA agent. Still is, maybe, who knows. She was undercover. Her husband, Joe (they have different last names -- not sure if that's b/c they're modern or because of some CIA undercover reason, doesn't matter), thought Bush was full of it in the lead up to the Iraq war, so he wrote a column in the newspaper chronicling a bunch of lies that he says Bush told to get America hyped up to kick Saddam's ass. It had to do with terrorists/Iraq/nukes/yellowcake (perhaps you've seen Dave Chappell talk about this as "Black Bush.") This article Joe wrote REALLY pissed off the Bushies, so they got to work leaking a bunch of shit out there. Mainly, it seems, they were leaking part of some intelligence briefing thing that supported the case they were making for war. But at one point, they also leaked the fact that Joe's wife was an undercover CIA agent. Oops! That sorta blew her cover. And double oops, it happens to be illegal as well.
So there's been this big investigation. Somebody named Patrick Fitzgerald investigates the hell out of the Bush administration. At first, it looks like Rove is going down -- everybody gets all excited -- but then it turns out they indict some dude named "Scooter" Libby. Scooter? I mean, seriously. Anyway, they indict Scooter (btw, it's one of those screwjob indictments like the one against Martha where they don't indict you for the actual crime they investigated you for, but for lying during the investigation of the crime that apparently they've determined you didn't commit...something about that doesn’t' seem fair to me, am I alone there?), and so he -- a top ranking vice presidential aid -- does what any of us would do. He starts blaming his buddies!
Today, it comes out that he's blamed Cheney and Bush, said they both authorized his leaks. Can you imagine having to explain that to Bush? Random aid: He says you authorized his leaks? Bush: What? I don't authorize any man's leaks! That's gross, potty talk.
But initial reports look like Bush only authorized leaks from the report to make war look like a better idea (who the hell wrote that report?) and not to expose Valerie. And to further complicate matters, apparently the president is allowed to "declassify" stuff. He's the president, makes sense. So maybe not that bad.
Well, here's the problem. Back in Sept. 2003, the prez said this funny thing about the whole situation: "There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There's leaks at the executive branch, there's leaks in the legislative branch, there's just too many leaks. I want -- and if there's a leak out of the administration, I want to know who it is. And if a person has violated law, the person will be taken care of."
Typical Bush. Not fire, not discipline, "taken care of." Geez, that sounds like they were gonna cap the poor guy. Scooter would probably prefer to be in jail than have to deal with being "taken care of." And does that mean Bush has to take care of himself? Maybe not, he did say, "if they broke the law," and since he's the prez, he can't really break the law when leaking. A prez can leak whenever they want.
The significance? Yet to be determined. If Dems have any balls whatsoever, they'll make a HUGE issue over this. Leak story just got mainstream. They don't need to talk so much about him "leaking," as opposed to say things like, "Bush is a liar" and "Bush is a hypocrite." That cuts at the main reason people like the prez anyway. But knowing my Dems, one of them will go out there and say something, the Repubs will tar and feather them on Fox and talk radio, and so the rest will run away crying, and the issue will die.
Oh, and one funny thing is to watch the Drudge site run away from this story all day. They have not had it (that I've seen) as their top story all day, putting stuff about immigrants, Katie Couric's replacement, etc. up there instead. But it's been at the top of the national wire all day (which means the press is ready for a feeding frenzy) and it's led Google News since this afternoon (which means the international Internet news community is all over it). So, should be exciting to watch.
And remember, to avoid being caught in a similar situation, always shake before you zip.