Bush's role in the Joe Wilson case

Monday, July 03, 2006 at 04:41 PM

Via Raw Story, I found a piece in today's National Journal about what President Bush admitted to the Fitzgerald investigators.


Bush Directed Cheney To Counter War Critic
By Murray Waas, National Journal

Monday, July 3, 2006

President Bush told the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case that he directed Vice President Dick Cheney to personally lead an effort to counter allegations made by former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV that his administration had misrepresented intelligence information to make the case to go to war with Iraq, according to people familiar with the president's statement.

Bush also told federal prosecutors during his June 24, 2004, interview in the Oval Office that he had directed Cheney, as part of that broader effort, to disclose highly classified intelligence information that would not only defend his administration but also discredit Wilson, the sources said.

Now you have to note that no one--Bush, Cheney, or Libby--has said directly that Bush or Cheney specifically ordered that Valerie Plame's identity and status in the CIA be revealed.  But for a president who gets a buzzing vibrator in his pants whenever the media run a "classified" story, that's a hell of a thing to have admitted (if the National Journal allegations are true).

Politics over confidentiality every time.  Worry about America whenever doing so looks politically expedient.  I just can't muster up any respect for these people any more, not an ounce.