"In 2001 President Bush and his newly appointed aides had ample warning, including a briefing paper titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” and they failed to take it seriously enough, but their missteps are not equal (to Clinton's 911 crimes). It’s like focusing blame for a school shooting at the beginning of the school year on the student’s new home room teacher; the adults who watched the boy torment classmates and poison small animals knew better. (It’s safe to assume that any future mini-series about American foreign policy will not delve flatteringly into Mr. Bush’s march to war in Iraq.)"
* lehrer used interesting language discussing armitage:
"Libby is the only person presently charged"that's different to the 'runaway prosecutor' narrative that everyone else is feeding us.
"The investigation and prosecution of a rogue Administration will become a huge law-enforcement problem for a decade, and by Republican default, it's up to the Democrats. They had better start thinking about it now. The perps are, unless they are so sanguine as to believe their own sea-lawyers like Yoo, which would be stupid."* xymphora:
"David Corn regurgitates the official CIA position on the importance of Plame, and the blogs fall into line because they have decided they like the CIA over the Bush Administration in the ongoing CIA/Cheney turf war being played out over the Plame matter. Corn has written a biography of Ted Shackley, with the assistance of the CIA and Shackley himself. However much he denies it, it is impossible that Corn was allowed this access unless he was/is an asset... Corn’s new book – written with no less than freakin’ Michael Isikoff! – follows the same CIA path. Believe him if you want – I wouldn’t, and Corn is definitely no friend of truthseekers – but the nature of his attack on the Bush Administration will convince nobody except those already convinced.* kleiman:
I note that Corn doesn’t deal with the allegation that Plame’s cover had already been blown at the time the Bush Administration started to throw her name around. Even if he disputes this, he has an obligation to deal with it (I haven’t read the book, and can’t comment on whether he deals with this important issue there)."
"18 U.S.C. 2340 provides for a 20-year sentence for anyone who commits, or conspires to commit, torture."damien has more on war crimes culpability here
* Paul Thompson (PressForTruth) was on Randi Rhodes (mp3 - 2nd hour)