Monday, October 03, 2005

A 12-step program in the Plame imbroglio

Am I the only soul who sees conspiracy behind every door, one shadow at a time…?

Media pundits seem to think intrepid reporter Judith Miller went to jail to burnish her tarnished reputation as a journalist. I see something more sinister and simpler.

Indulge me, if you will. Let’s say Judith Miller was in cahoots with Rove, Libby, Bolton and Cheney; and yes, I throw Bolton’s name because I don’t think it was just another wild coinkidink that Bolton visited Miller in jail around the 15th of August and only a "few days" later Miller's counsel gets in touch with Libby's attorney and they began to colloborate, I mean communicate.

Her attorney, Robert Bennett is no idiot; he knows he’s playing with some bad “hombres” but he also knows Fitzgerald may have been getting ready to charge Miller with obstruction. So he takes Bolton's visit as a sign the other side is willing to negotiate.

Bennett calls Libby’s lawyer and says, “Hey, glad you're home 'cause Judy is gonna start singing pretty soon; and unless your client comes up with a few lines of his own, the lullaby she belts might not be to his liking. So they negotiate words to the tune and decide each will sing their own version of the same song.

Miller keeps the secrets of her pre-war misinformation and continues to report on "Iraqi elections and suicide bombers...and the Iranian nuclear program." But only to the extent White House sources feed her tidbits. And Libby gets to wait and see just exactly what Fitzgerald has over operatives at the White House.

Well, here's my advice for nervous villains and skittish reporters. One day at a time and easy does it, two helpful slogans from 12-step programs. No need to avoid "biological threats" of any sort. You can't forestall consequences of past risky behavior; just simply surrender and when it's over, do tell all.

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Now we need to know what Bush and Cheney knew and when?
Near the end of a round table discussion on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos dropped this bomb:
"Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you think it’s a manageable one for the White House especially if we don’t know whether Fitzgerald is going to write a report or have indictments but if he is able to show as a source close to this told me this week, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some of these discussions."
Think Progress has a thread.

I guess it's not too great of a leap to go from Rove and Libby, Bush's number one guy and Cheney's number one guy, to Bush and Cheney themselves.
They had to know (Bush and Cheney) about what Rove and Libby were up to. Either before or right after. Hopefully Fitzgerald has the guts to follow through.
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