Monday, October 24, 2005

Impeachment is the only absolutely legal course we have left, but not the only course.

The grand jury investigating the CIA Leak case is scheduled to end on Friday. Depending upon who or what you believe, as many as 22 indictments, even more, could be handed down to a White House cast of characters including Karl Rove, VP Dick Cheney's chief Scooter Libby, Condi Rice, Chief of Staff Andrew Card, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, Communications Director Dan Bartlett, Press Secretary Scott McClellan, former Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, lower-level Cheney officials John Hannah and David Wurmser, and Cheney spinmeister Mary Matalin. The case could even go deeper, all the way up to Cheney and Bush.

We've all heard the question a million times now: what did Bush know and when did he know it? The same is true of Cheney. It's hard to fathom that these two supremely arrogant and controlling neocons did not fully know what their vengeful, unsavory operatives were doing to former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his covert CIA agent wife Valerie Plame when they outed her to the press back in 2003.

But the real issue here is not Plame's outing per se, but whether or not Bush, Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the U.S. government lied about WMD to justify the Iraq invasion and then conspired to cover up the truth. For that reason, this case is so much bigger than the Watergate scandal of the early 1970's. No one died as a result of Watergate, however 2000 U.S. servicemen and 20,000+ Iraqis have died at the hands of the Bush administration. And let's not forget the tens of thousands of maimed and wounded U.S. soldiers.

What Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has up his sleeve this week is anybody's guess. But we can surmise from his past cases, as well as his zeal in investigating this case for two years, that indictments are coming. For whom exactly we do not know, but if Bush and Cheney are somehow implicated, Cheney needs to step down immediately, and Bush, depending upon what happens in next Year's mid-terms, could find himself on the wrong end of a Democrat-controlled House impeachment hearing. As the saying goes, No one died when Clinton lied. And we all know what happened to him. As for me, I'll be happy seeing Rove and Libby fingerprinted...for now at least.


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