Thursday, October 27, 2005
Since it's been at least 8 nights since we first speculated that special counsel Fitzgerald would break the news, and since we're sick of the term Fitzmas, we're now officially changing the event's moniker to Fitzukkah. Now if only we could find our dreidel.
No doubt, tomorrow is the day. How do you think these guys are sleeping tonight?
To be clear, despite yesterday's animated prediction that Big Dick would be among those indicted, I don't honestly think it will happen -- not tomorrow anyway. Mostly, I just wanted to post a picture of a cartoon penis because, well, sometimes I'm a 9-year-old.
No, what I really think will happen tomorrow is this: Scooter 'The Gimp' Libby will be indicted for sure, Rove will probably also be indicted and/or the Grand Jury will be extended or a new one empaneled. The reason for the extension/empanelment? Fitzgerald has uncovered an even bigger scandal, with Big Dick at it's heart. Rove could be a key player in that investigation moving forward, which is why he wouldn't be indicted. Yet.
I know, I know, I'm just a crazy freakin' liberal loon. But wait, why is it so crazy? At the very least, we know Cheney is a big fat liar, even right-wing schills Joe Scarborough and Dick Morris have come to that conclusion. And today, Murray Wass reported that Cheney and Libby, against all recommendations, "withheld crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 when the panel was investigating the use of pre-war intelligence that erroneously concluded Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction." Among those documents, the original text of Colin Powell's now infamous speech to the United Nations, much of which was removed due to its highly questionable nature. Considering the now thoroughly discredited contents of that presentation (aluminum tubes of terror, mobile homes of mayhem, etc.), can anyone imagine how fantastical that original speech must have been? The mind boggles.
'Seriously, you shoulda seen this crazy shit before.'
So why would Dick and Scooter withhold those documents? Because they were protecting the White House from being accused of manufacturing faulty intelligence to sell their precious war. You know, "fixing the intelligence and facts around the policy." Wass goes on to report that when the intelligence report was finally released in April 2004, without the inclusion of those withheld documents, Bush, Cheney and other administration officials cited it as "proof that the administration acted in good faith on Iraq and relied on intelligence from the CIA and others that it did not know was flawed."
In other words, the White House was playing the Blame Game, pinning the entire intelligence failure on the CIA, even though the agency pleaded with them not to use the questionable intelligence as public rationale for their war. Cheney and team pointed the finger at the CIA, to which George Tenet complied, prompting Bush to pinned a medal on him and send him on his merry way. Done and done. Crazy talk? Consider this headline, in July 2003, just days before Joe Wilson's damning editorial hit the wire: White House Welcomes Tenet Mea Culpa on Iraq Allegations. I bet they did. That's how you earn yourself a medal my friend. Also, consider the odd timing in June 2004, courtesy of ThinkProgress.
The shady developments of the past week, detailing the communication between Big Dick's office, the CIA and the State Department, have led many to believe that Fitzgerald has uncovered new information that will lead him to either extend the Grand Jury are empanel an entirely new Jury to investigate wider conspiracy claims. Former intelligence correspondent Richard Sale believes this to be true, citing interviews and information "designed to pin down in meticulous sequence what Cheney knew, when he knew it, and what he told his aides." If this information only came to light in the past week, Fitzgerald will surely need more time to investigate the high crimes potentially committed by the nation's highest office.
June 2, 2004: Bush speaks at Air Force Academy; Tenet meets him upon arrival at White House to tell him that he was going to resign.
June 2, 2004: Bush consults lawyer in CIA leak case.
June 3, 2004: In press gaggle, McClellan notes that Tenet called Card the afternoon of the 2nd to ask for meeting with Bush. Tenet and Bush meet for 45 minutes.
June 5, 2004: New York Times reports that Cheney was interviewed by Fitzgerald.
There have also been recent revelations, from Italian intelligence officials no less, that shed new light on the source of the original Nigerian Yellowcake forgeries, which lie at the heart of this matter, and the White House's involvement with them. For all these reasons, 41 members of the House yesterday called on Fitzgerald to expand his investigation to determine whether Cheney and the White House Iraq Group conspired to deliberately deceive Congress into authorizing the war. I'm really hoping for this expansion, this extension, this empanelment. That's what I really want for Fitzukkah. That and some gelt please.
Whatever we learn tomorrow, I believe we should all try to temper our joy just a smidge. After all, if any of the above is even close to the truth, it means that our government is more corrupt and dangerous than anyone ever thought possible. And that, frankly, isn't something to celebrate.
That said, you all hopefully excuse me if I title tomorrow's post something along the lines of, "YAHOOOOO!" or "HELL YES!" or "SUCK IT ROVE!!" Seriously, the schadenfreude may simply be too much for me to contain myself. Either that, or we'll all get Pujoled. If that happens, I'll eat an entire pile of Yellowcake, and wash it down with my own bitter tears.
Billmon: A Fitzmas Carol
SourceWatch: George Tenet
ThinkProgress: The Leak 23
OGM: The Night Before Fitzmas
DAYS: Of Scooters and Big Dicks
Dear Leader: We all need to get on the same page.
Who said there'd be no indictments today? Meet Tom Noe.
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