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February 10, 2007

Cheney/Libby et al were focused on destroying Wilson.

By winston

Libby was focused on destroying Wilson. Reckless, feckless, "Tricky Dick" knew how the fear of being put on his hate list terrified people during his reign of terror. Cheney, with his stooge W, have perfected terrifying opponents due to a small extent, better technology, but mostly due to their sheer lack of decency.

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These brutes in the Oval Office Cabal made up the reasons for the Iraq War. It was obvious to all who cared to pay attention and the facts detailed in the article of February 9, 2007 "Official's Key Report On Iraq Is Faulted" at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/08/AR2007020802387_ pf.html, which states "Intelligence provided by former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith to buttress the White House case for invading Iraq included "reporting of dubious quality or reliability" that supported the political views of senior administration officials rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community, according to a report by the Pentagon's inspector general," can not be considered revelations as they are not new. Maybe the Phase 2 of pre-war Iraq Intelligence investigations will get a jump start from this though. Since they phonied up the causes for the war, they had to silence dissent. That was what Libby was doing when he leaked Plame's name, scaring people from telling the populace that there was no reason for the war. How better could they do that than attacking a covert CIA agent. Sure it is a criminal offense, but W and Cheney didn't care and after a time out of the spotlight Libby will have a TV show on FOX as Ollie North has as the price for taking the bullet for his superiors. Libby's defense is just stupid. How could he have such a faulty memory that he could forget that Cheney told him in June 2003 that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA, and then remember that Russert told him this same information on 10 July? By the way according to Russert that didn't happen, but facts and reality don't matter much to 43's team. How does a person's memory work poorly just 1 month after it worked superbly? What was Libby doing this summer-time of 2003? The article "The Libby trial: contortions of power" at http://www.smirkingchimp.com/node/5353/print states "Upon the publication of Nicholas Kristof's column in the New York Times on 6 May that described the Wilson mission but did not identify him, Cheney went into a fury. Libby was dispatched to unearth material about Wilson. He called Robert Grenier, chief of the CIA's counterterrorism unit, on 11 June and learned from him the identity of Valerie Plame, according to Grenier's testimony on 24 January in the Libby trial." So Libby knows it on June 11th. The article "Libby Trial: Scooter Speaks, Part II" at http://www.thenation.com/blogs/capitalgames?bid=3&pid=163806 details how jurors spent Tuesday listening to audiotapes of Libby's two appearances in 2004 before the grand jury investigating the CIA leak. He's on tape saying to reporter Matt Cooper "And I said reporters are telling us that [former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife works at the CIA], I don't know if it's true. I was careful about that because among other things, I wanted to be clear I didn't know Mr. Wilson. I don't know – I think I said, I don't know if he has a wife, but this is what we're hearing." That little speech was "on July 12, 2003 (two days before Valerie Wilson was outed as a CIA officer in a Robert Novak column". The sheer audacity of Libby who "By the time the jurors heard this part of the tape, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had presented as witnesses five past or present Bush administration officials and one journalist who each testified that he or she discussed Wilson's wife with Libby prior to Libby's phone call with Cooper. An additional witness--Vice President Dick Cheney's current chief of staff, David Addington--testified that Libby had asked him about the paperwork the CIA would keep if an officer had sent a spouse on a trip. And a Libby note from early June 2003, introduced as evidence by both the prosecution and the defense, indicates that Cheney told Libby, his chief of staff at the time, that Wilson's wife was employed at the CIA's Counterproliferation Division, a unit in the agency's clandestine operations directorate." He gave up Cheney as "Before the grand jury, Libby conceded that sometime before June 12, 2003, Cheney told him that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA." It is too reminiscent of Watergate, where the man who succeeded "Tricky Dick" had our reckless, feckless, heartless Dicky as his chief of staff. Cheney knows all about "I can't remember" and told Libby to try it on for size as "Before the grand jury, Libby repeatedly said he was "surprised" by the information he received from Russert. He said he felt he was learning it "anew" and was "taken aback." He was not unsure on this point: "I have a specific recollection I was surprised." Libby is toast. Cheney should be also as "Libby acknowledged that after Wilson's op-ed came out, he discussed the Wilson controversy with Cheney, who was "upset" by the article. But Libby claimed that he and Cheney (who had written a note about Wilson's wife on his copy of the op-ed) had not talked about Wilson's wife until weeks later. In other words, right after the op-ed was published, Cheney and Libby had talked about various aspects of the Wilson case except Wilson's wife." Cheney has stooge 43 primed to utter his "16 words" in his state of the union speech. He's plotting with everyone he can think of to discredit Wilson, and he doesn't mention his wife to his faithful toady Libby? Cheney accused Wilson of getting the prestigious job of tracking down the truth in the Iraq-Niger mess because of his wife's influence, and the president of vice, the v.p., frequently made this insinuation. How can outing a covert CIA agent be considered gossip? The article "Libby Trial: Russert Ruins the Cover Story" at http://www.thenation.com/blogs/capitalgames?bid=3&pid=164130 explains how Libby is trying to make us believe that he learned about her "anew" when Russert passed him this gossip during a phone call. It's an essential part of Libby's tale. When the FBI and a grand jury were looking for administration officials who had leaked information on Wilson to reporters--and Libby was a potential target--Libby told the Bureau and the grand jury that he had not disclosed any information gathered from official sources; he had only shared with a few reporters a rumor he had picked up from Russert. And you can't prosecute a guy for spreading gossip. Again and again, during his grand jury testimony, Libby pointed to Russert: he told me, and, boy, was I surprised." Libby was focused on destroying Wilson. Reckless, feckless, Dickless knows all about "Tricky Dick" and how the fear of being put on his hate list terrified people during his reign of terror. Cheney, with his stooge W, have perfected terrifying opponents due to a small extent, better technology, but mostly due to their sheer lack of decency.

Authors Bio:
Winston Smith is an ex-Social Worker. I worked in child welfare, and in medical settings and in homeless settings. In the later our facility was geared as a permanent address for people to apply for welfare. Once they received that we could send them to facilities in which their welfare paid the bill and provided enough for a meager existence. We also referred people to vocational rehabilitation services. Many of the people who came to us were people who were clearly emotionally ill, but Reagan's slashing of the services for these people caused them to become homeless. One woman I dealt with-St. Jane, believed she was in direct communication with God, urinated freely without using the facilities and she had 47 bags of trash which were prized possessions. She got welfare and was sent to a facility were she could survive. The rule was that our facility could be used 1 time only as we had too many people who thought that the services that we provided we would lift them from the dire straights that they were in. Well, we provided our services for St. Jane around Thanksgiving. On Christmas Eve she was back with her 47 bags of trash and wanted to stay at our facility. I informed my superior of this situation, but we declined to provide services for St. Jane. She slept in front of our facility in a snowstorm. The local rag took the picture and excoriated us for what we did. The local welfare department asked her where she would like to live. St. Jane said Chicago because she liked the wind. She knew on one there. She and her 47 bags of trash of were carted onto a train for the windy city and never of again. The local welfare department was glad to get shed of her. Social welfare in the mid-1980's was geared to blame the victim. Ill people were sent home from hospitals were no one was going to help them because social welfare budgets were slashed by Reagan. Bush 41's "thousand points of light" was just another way to shaft the weakest in our society. Bush 43's faith based initiative was just another attempt to reduce social welfare services. Reagan's "Just say No" was the pinnacle of hypocrisy. No services for those who desperately needed them under the guise of tough love.

Obviously I became burnt out by too much indifference regarding our weak and weary. I couldn't look at desperate people and could not get myself to say that what I could offer them wouldn't really help them"it would only get them out of my office to be another person's problem, until the local welfare department carted them away.

I had little interest in politics until the illegal Iraq War started. Growing up in the 1960's caused me to understand that the GOP used war to attract right-wing extremists to vote for them. When "Tricky Dick's" secret plan to end the Vietnam War unfolded into elongating our presence there for 8 years I knew that I would never believe a GOP war-monger again. I dislike Obama's plan to escalate our presence in Afghanistan and see it as a craven attempt to placate the GOP. Maybe he'll reduce the GOP's attacks against him, but it will at the expense of alienating his base.

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