Saturday, March 17, 2007

I love you Henry

* digby:
"Toensing's testimony was extremely difficult to listen to. She is an arrogant gorgon and lies as easily as she breathes. Waxman even said at the end that he knows her testimony was inaccurate and that he was going to leave the record open to correct all of her misstatements.

I love you Henry."

* fdl:
"So how ironic is it that one week after Cheney’s Chief of Staff is convicted for obstructing justice we are hearing calls for Attorney General Gonzales’ resignation and an investigation of the President’s Senior Political Advisor — and all because these thugs couldn’t get their stories straight about something they had a legal right to to do — replace US Attorneys at the President’s pleasure? As Pat Buchanan screamed on Scarborough, “they lied about a crime they didn’t commit!” Everyone suspects they’re covering up something worse, and that’s probably right.

The gods are surely playing with us. After all the lies this Administration has told — including lying the country into a horrific war — why has this set of lies finally captured the media’s attention in ways that may eventually lead to the regime’s collapse?

Congress put up with six years of Administration lying, six years of being treated like spineless, unprincipled rubberstamps, yet the Republican Congress shrugged it off as just so much politics. But when Gonzales and his deputies misled Congress about the reasons for firing US Attorneys, Congress suddenly became offended as though the foundations of Congressional power had been shaken.

Did this undercut Congress’ prerogatives to influence US Attorney appointments? Sure, but what about usurping the power to declare war? Or the power to determine what does or doesn’t get included in the federal budget? Or the most basic legislative power to write statutes and not have them overridden by signing statements or simply ignored, as with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the War Crimes Act or treaties ratified by Congress?
I don’t know how this will end, or how soon, but I’m fairly certain we are moving towards the end. I don’t know what the tipping point will be, but I know one is coming. We’ve been here before.

So buckle up everyone, because this regime is crumbling. We know they are unprincipled; to protect the president, they will throw anyone under the bus until there’s no one left to throw. By next week it may be Gonzales. After that, it will be Rove, and eventually Cheney. This regime is going down and we’re just waiting to see how."

* AP:
'The United States is dealing with Turkish complaints about Kurdish separatists operating in northern Iraq and has not ruled out military action against the rebels, the U.S. official assigned to handle the problem says.

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Joseph Ralston, a special envoy tasked with countering the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, said Wednesday in an Associated Press interview that U.S. pressure has resulted in moves against the group's operations by Iraqi and European authorities.

Turkish officials repeatedly have accused the United States of insufficient efforts to prevent attacks into Turkey from Iraq by the PKK, which has waged a guerrilla war for autonomy since 1984 at a cost of 37,000 lives. Turkey also has threatened military incursions into Iraq against the rebels, which the United States fears would alienate Iraqi Kurds, the most pro-American ethnic group in the region."


oldschool said...

they lied about a crime they didn't commit!"

Well - maybe. I see three possibilities:

a. If the determining factor was simply that the admin didn't feel comfortable with "loyalty" to Bush, the dismissals, technically, are kosher.

b. If the dismissals were for the purpose of squelching ongoing investigations (Carol Lam!!) or not engaging in sufficient Demo-witch-hunts, NOT kosher, and most likely illegal.

c. lying is simply what they do. Pathological lying as Executive Policy. Maybe every executive decision is presumed by staff to be illegal on some level, and they just went into default bullshit mode.

lukery said...

option d: all of the above

priscianus jr said...

"After all the lies this Administration has told — including lying the country into a horrific war — why has this set of lies finally captured the media’s attention in ways that may eventually lead to the regime’s collapse?"

This is the same question I've been asking myself.
Actually, Prosecutorgate is probably more serious than most people understand yet. I suspect that what it basically involves is an attempt by the Admin to squelch investigations of all the major repug scandals (and they are pretty major), including voting hijinks... forever! But even so, the question remains, because there are so many other things that are equally if not even more horrendous.

And I would suggest the answer is not about the ISSUE, but the TIMING. The Libby trial had just ended with Libby's conviction and on-the-record revelations of how this maladministration really works. That was the tipping point. And with a (still quite new) Democratic Congress, particularly the House, just waiting for a chance to nail these bastards -- and with a bulldog like Waxman -- bingo! It could have been something else, but it was this. With these clowns, if you miss one scandal, don't worry, there'll be another one along in a couple of minutes.