Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Will McClellan Be John Dean to Bush's Richard Nixon?

In 2003 Ambassador Joe Wilson published an op-ed piece saying he had investigated the reports of Niger selling Uranium (yellow cake) to Iraq, and found them to be false, but that Pres. Bush and other administration officials had gone ahead and spouted that lie as if it were truth. Shortly afterward Ambassador Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was exposed as a CIA agent. It is treason to reveal the identity of a secret agent under cover, especially in a time of war.

George Bush promised that if anybody in his administration were involved they would be fired and face consequences. Instead what happened was stonewalling, interference in the investigation, etc, and essentially nobody has faced any consequences due to this. I. Scooter Libby did go to trial, but for Perjury and Obstruction of Justice, not for Treason.

Scott McClellan is about to publish a book WHAT HAPPENED Inside the Bush White House and What's Wrong with Washington that tells the story. A part of the book discusses how he, as the White House Press Secretary, was ordered by Bush, Cheney, Rove, Libby, etc, to stand at the podium and lie to the press. I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.... There was one problem. It was not true.... 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.

The Press Dog That Didn't Bark Scott McClellan has offered no bombshells—yet.seems to be saying that since McClellan's book doesn't contain bombshells that it won't change anything? After news broke Plame's identity had been revealed in the summer of 2003, it was McClellan who played a key role in exonerating Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. In October 2003, he stood at the press room podium and said they were not involved. When it became obvious that was untrue, McClellan spent months stonewalling for the administration, refusing to address questions about the case. His credibility deteriorated with each appearance.

Publisher: McClellan doesn't believe Bush lied "Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan does not believe President Bush lied to him about the role of White House aides I. Lewis Scooter Libby or Karl Rove in the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, according to McClellan's publisher."

The Bush Family Gets Away with Crimes That Would Land Anyone Else in Jail "For decades -- arguably going back generations -- the Bushes have been protected by their unique position straddling two centers of national power, the family's blueblood Eastern Establishment ties and the Texas oil crowd with strong links to the Republican Right....For Bush not to have been involved would have required him to be oblivious to the inner workings of the White House and the actions of his closest advisers on an issue of great importance to him. From the evidence at Libby's trial, it was already clear that Bush had a direct hand in the effort to discredit Plame's husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, after he had gone public in July 2003 with his role in a CIA investigation of what turned out to be bogus claims that Iraq had sought yellowcake uranium from Niger.... In other words, though Bush knew a great deal about how the anti-Wilson scheme got started -- since he was involved in starting it -- he uttered misleading public statements to conceal the White House role.... "

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