October 1, 2003
How Do You Parse Treason?
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
If you feel like a shark circling in the water and that justice will finally be done as "Treasongate" continues to unfold, let us just remind you of two words: "Iran-Contra."
That's right, if you remember, Poppy Bush pardoned all the Bush Cartel loyalists convicted under Iran-Contra Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh, because that is what Bushes do. The Bush Cartel expects loyalty and provides it in return, even if the national security and interests of America are jeopardized. (If you are interested, see http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/walsh/ for final Iran-Contra Independent Counsel report.)
In July, we were proud to pick up on David Corn's commentary in "The Nation," which was the first piece to identify the significance of the July 14th Bob "I Am the Spigot for Karl Rove Leaks" Novak column [LINK]. BuzzFlash immediately contacted Corn and wrote two scathing editorials, "Some Dare Call It Treason" [LINK] on July 21st, and "The Integrity and Dignity of the White House Become a Scum Pond of Betrayals and Gutter Smears Under Bush," [LINK] on July 23rd.
In the July 21st BuzzFlash editorial, we were the first to support Corn's outrage at how the White House had betrayed the nation and our national security. Despite Robert Novak's attempts to backpedal now with "parsing language" about how he was leaked or the damage done by the leak, remember this: Whatever comes out of Novak's mouth is what Rove wants him to spin.
Also remember this: Valerie Plame, the CIA operative who was outed by the White House with the assistance of Robert Novak -- as we pointed out in our July 21st article -- specialized in tracking the illegal trafficking in Weapons of Mass Destruction! This is the perverse, horrifying truth. We were led into a war on the trumped up lies that Saddam Hussein had WMDs and then two senior administration officials -- one of them assumed to be Karl Rove by almost anyone with knowledge of the White House -- render a CIA operative virtually useless -- and her specialty is finding out who is buying, selling and trading WMDs. And her outing by senior Bush administration officials, in all likelihood, ruined her network of contacts and put her and her contacts at risk. She was, allegedly, operating "under cover" in what would be perceived as a non-CIA affiliated position.
As BuzzFlash wrote on July 21st:
This should be a slam/dunk for firings, prosecution and, perhaps, impeachment.
But not in this administration. Bush hasn't even asked his staff if anyone leaked the information damaging to our national security, even though it is certain that someone in the White House did.
All signs, the alleged Department of Justice and FBI "probe" aside, point to a cover-up rather than an investigation. You can bet Karl Rove, Cheney and Bush are getting their winks and nods through to John Ashcroft on a regular, if not daily basis.
Remember that Ashcroft was lifted up from the ash heap of infamy by Bush after he lost his 2000 senate re-election bid to a dead man, former Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, who had been killed in a plane crash just prior to the election. Ashcroft has had no compunction about forcing reporters to surrender their notes and records (which we don't condone), but don't expect him to be grilling Bob Novak anytime soon. After all, some might say Novak is really a part of the administration working under cover as a journalist.
John "KGB" Ashcroft was selected for the same reason many other losers were appointed to the Bush administration. Losers who are raised to positions of prominence stay loyal. The fact that Bush, according to his press secretary, hasn't even asked anyone on his staff about the act of treason is a clear signal, in and of itself, to Ashcroft to whitewash the whole incident.
In our July 21st editorial on "Treasongate," we wrote:
Now, it is more than two months later, and "Treasongate" is on the nightly news, but just remember that the Bush Cartel calls the shots at the Justice Department, in Congress, and on the Supreme Court when it comes to investigations of its own wrongdoing.
The Ashcroft investigation of the White House can best be viewed as "White Washgate."
Unless the outcry from Americans who have had their national security compromised by betrayers in the White House rises to a boiling point, the Bush Cartel is going to try -- as it is already doing -- to brazenly push forward, cover-up the act of treason, and find a suitable diversion to get the incident off the front pages.
After all, Karl Rove is still calling the shots. He believes that he and other members of the Bush Cartel are above the rule of law.
And unless a miracle happens, they will prove, once again, that the national security of the United States is secondary to the vendettas of the Bush Cartel -- and they will once again not be subject to the rule of law.
Remember Iran-Contra. Bush has a few of the convicted Bush loyalists pardoned by his father on his staff, like Elliot Abrams and the infamous Admiral Poindexter (he hasn't left yet).
The Bushes take care of their own.
Don't expect Karl Rove to be packing his suitcase for prison anytime soon.
He's Bush's brain after all. What would George do without him?
A man getting a "hummer" in the White House merited impeachment proceedings, but the perpetrators of "Treasongate" are likely to go free and continue their betrayal of America.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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