Friday, July 18, 2008

A Tree Falls in the Woods III

We here at Random Thoughts should have called this series, “A Bunch of Trees Fall” or “A Bunch of Shit Happens” parts 1 through whatever... The truth is, I think Michael Hew and I are continually stunned at the lack of backbone shown by the so-called Democrats in the Senate. Their roaring battle cry seems to be “Business as Usual!!!” these days as the new and ineffectual majority. “A Tree Falls in the Woods” was never intended as a series because we didn’t think the Bush Administration would continue unfettered with the tacit permission and approval of the Senate, The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, the media, press and the American people in 2008.
Yes, I’m a Goddamn sucker for believing in the unlikelihood of anything, anymore, ever again.

Once again, a tree falls in the woods, and since there is no one there to hear it, or more accurately no one there to acknowledge it, not a sound is made:
President George W. Bush is invoking Executive Privilege to prevent Attorney General Michael Mukasey from complying with a House panel subpoena for information and materials related to the leak of CIA operative, Valerie Plame's identity.

Remember? The self-same leak our president claimed to know nothing of? The self-same leak which is essentially treason under U.S. Law? The self-same leak that George W. Bush said was unacceptable? That pesky fucking leak that our President said would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law? Our president is flip-flopping because he has some ugly things to hide.

The House Oversight Committee is acting upon the crashing sound of timber it heard five years ago. Congressman Henry Waxman of California has been calmly going after the truth.

House Oversight Chairman, Congressman Henry Waxman, has issued a subpoena. What he is asking for on behalf of the American people are FBI interviews of Vice President Dick Cheney, -but more importantly, Waxman is asking for the series of notes about the 2003 Presidential State of the Union address. President Bush uttered the infamous “16 words” in that address that are largely responsible for the war in Iraq:

The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of Uranium from Africa.
-President George W. Bush, 2003
The full 2003 Presidential State of the Union address is available here.

That statement is now being called a falsehood in the press, to leave room for everyone to say that our President may have simply been repeating something that was untrue, or that he somehow got the facts wrong.

I’d like to call it what it is. I’d like to call it a lie.

It was in direct response to the President’s statement about Uranium that former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson wrote a NY Times Op Ed piece: “What I didn’t find in Africa” and it was because of that Op Ed piece that Valerie Plame’s identity was revealed to reporters by a least a few of the president’s men including Dick Armitage and Karl Rove. She was a CIA agent serving this country, and her outing put her and everyone she ever worked with at the CIA or in the field at risk.

I suppose the fact that this shit-heel of a president and his thugs went after a guy’s wife when they couldn’t get him to play ball will resonate more with Americans than the reckless criminality of these acts of revenge against a CIA agent serving her country.
Congressman Waxman immediately rejected Michael Mukasey's claim that Vice President Dick Cheney's FBI interview on the CIA leak could be protected by Executive Privilege and not surrendered to the panel. Mr. Waxman also stated that he thinks Attorney General Mukasey has earned himself a contempt citation. I agree with Congressman Waxman entirely:

"This unfounded assertion of executive privilege does not protect a principle; it protects a person, if the Vice President did nothing wrong, what is there to hide?"
House Oversight Chairman Henry Waxman, (D) California
July 15, 2008

What indeed Mr. Waxman, what indeed?


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