Friday, April 07, 2006

Bush, the Lieing Leaker

The big news about President Bush is stunning yet no surprise to me. President Bush authorized the leak of classified information. This is stunning because it's so hard to believe a president would do this. It's no surprise to me, Bush has not been honest most of his life. This news if true can only mean one thing, impeachment or resignation for President Bush.

The full story goes a bit like this. Bush told former assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney, Lewis "Scooter" Libby that it was fine to leak classified information (the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq) to a reporter. Dick Cheney told Libby to tell New York Times reporter Judith Miller the name of a CIA agent, Valerie Plame. Bush also told several White House aides to leak classified information (the estimate) to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

The National Inelligence Estimate on Iraq was the case for weapons of mass destruction which was filled with misinformation. Much of the report was known by the Bush Administration as either being unlikely and false.

Judith Miller and Bob Woodward were given false information to disseminate to the public. Miller was writing pro-war news articles using the false information for the American public to read. Miller was providing the false argument that the Bush administration wanted Americans to hear, and of course this was at the same time the Bush pro-war spokespeople (Donald Rumsfeld, Condeleeza Rice, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, etc.) were publicly making the case for war.

Further, Judith Miller was a writer for the New York Times which has a reputation for having a "liberal" slant. This would give the Republican pro-war machine some credibility to others besides conservatives. Preaching to the choir on Fox News was certainly not going to be enough to sell the war.

Going back to the time when Valerie Plame's real name was printed in a column by Bob Novak and quickly added to in other writers columns, Bush when asked about the leak, commented that he wanted to find out who did the leaking. It oddly seems that Bush wanted an investigation to find out that it was Bush himself who authorized the leak.

So Bush was lieing to the American public by not revealing that he authorized the leaks at that time. He plain lied to us. He lied to us on other things as well back then of course (the recently revealed memo of Bush meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair), but this is even bigger. It should evolve into impeachment proceedings. The totality of the lies and leaks is certainly enough to force Bush to resign rather than be impeached.

I would think enough Republicans would now have to join the Democrats in speaking about impeachment. It won't be tomorrow or the next day. An investigation will have to be started, and efforts to delay it will certainly happen. We are soon going to see the words investigation, Bush, and impeachment in headlines. This must be the beginning of the end for Bush.

If the ball doesn't get rolling prior to the midterm elections, then Republicans are likely to lose power in Congress and then the Democrats can initiate an investigation and/or impeachment. But I'm guessing that enough Republicans seeing the polls drop even more for Bush will want to highly distance themselves from Bush before November's election day, so those Republicans will join Democrats on the idea of at least an investigation.

If nothing happens, then I will be simply stunned. If Americans can't protest for impeachment at this point without causing action to be taken by Congress, then we have no power. That would be embarrassing in comparison to the recent huge protests by American immigrants or the French workers. The people must get Congress' attention on this because Bush is a lieing leaker.


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