September 15, 2006

Black-hearts and back-stabbers...

It is NOT POSSIBLE to heap too much scorn and derision and mockery on the people who were "in the know" during the Plame investigation, and said nothing. But Victoria Toensing makes a start, in What a Load of Armitage!

...Mr. Armitage, who came forward after Mr. Libby was indicted, was told in February 2006, after two grand jury appearances, he would not be indicted. Mr. Rove, however, after five grand jury appearances, was not informed until July 2006 he would not be charged. Mr. Fitzgerald made the Rove decision appear strained, a close call. Yet of the two men's conduct, Mr. Armitage's deserved more scrutiny. And Mr. Fitzgerald knew it. Each had testified before the grand jury about a conversation with Mr. Novak. Each had forgotten about a conversation with an additional reporter: Mr. Armitage with Mr. Woodward, Mr. Rove with Time's Matt Cooper. However, Mr. Rove came forward pre-indictment, immediately, when reminded of the second conversation. When Mr. Woodward attempted to ask Mr. Armitage about the matter, on two separate occasions pre-indictment, Mr. Armitage refused to discuss it and abruptly cut him off. To be charitable, assume he did not independently recall his conversation with Mr. Woodward. Would not two phone calls requesting to talk about the matter refresh his recollection? Now we also know Messrs. Armitage and Novak have vastly different recollections of their conversation. Isn't that what Mr. Libby was indicted for?

What Mr. Fitzgerald chose not to know is even more troublesome than what he chose to ignore. When Mr. Armitage came forth in October 2003, why did Mr. Fitzgerald not request his appointment calendar from early May, the time the first story appeared in the national press about an unnamed former ambassador's trip to Niger? Mr. Fitzgerald demanded this type of information from White House personnel. Just think, if he had done so of Mr. Armitage, he would have learned prior to indictment about Mr. Woodward's appointment...

This pointless mendacious attack on our nation's leaders during time of war was a foul deed. And especially foul were Powell and Armitage, sitting there, fat and happy, while the vile Bush-hating mob howled for scalps, or licked their chops over the thought of (innocent, decent) men being sent to prison.

George W Bush lifted those two into offices that are among the highest in the land. He asked them to serve their country, he gave them his trust—we gave them our trust—and they stabbed us all in the back.

Posted by John Weidner at September 15, 2006 1:58 PM
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