<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Did you notice that the cover-up worked?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Did you notice that the cover-up worked?

When Patrick Fitzgerald revealed the indictment of Scooter Libby last week, he said he wished that witnesses had testified when subpoenas were issued back in August 2004. If they had, he said, "we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005."

October 2004 was the month before Bush was re-elected. He wanted the truth about Libby, Rove, Cheney, and the Iraq war to remain a secret until AFTER the election.

Now Bush is trying to distract us from the indictment - and the lies behind the Iraq war - by nominating a radical right-winger to the Supreme Court. He knows the ensuing fight between Democrats and Republicans will overshadow everything else.

Fitzgerald said he wants to keep this case going if doing so will bring us closer to the truth. Because Libby faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all five counts, he should be motivated to cooperate. However, Libby knows that Bush could issue an unconditional pardon at the end of his term, so there goes any motivation to cooperate.

If Bush truly wanted us to know all the facts in the leak case, as he has claimed, he would announce NOW that he has no intention of pardoning Libby. Of course, even if he made such an unlikely vow, on what grounds would we be inclined to believe him?

http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=19820

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