Saturday, October 15, 2005

Politics Or Crime?

Good stuff from Digby:

This idea that character assassination has become so normalized that even the outing of a CIA agent for political purposes is considered business as usual is outrageous and it explains a lot about what has gone wrong with our government. The subjects of this investigation are the most powerful people on this planet. The case involves not just politics as usual but a concerted effort to conceal information about the rationale leading up to this misbegotten war. When the administration was confronted by critics, they could have laid out the reasons why Wilson was incorrect. Instead, they chose to forcefully discredit him with a ridiculous nepotism charge and in the course of that, whether purposefully of out of carelessness, they revealed a CIA agent's cover. This was not just politics, it was a cover up using strong arm tactics. We may not have known definitively in the summer of 2003 that after all the administration's so-called proof that there were no WMD in Iraq, but we sure as hell do now. Whether they technically committed a crime under the Victoria Toensing statute, or whether they perjured themselves or obstructed justice before the grand jury to cover their political crimes, it should be prosecuted. Richard Cohen and Andrea Mitchell may think this is trivial, but I doubt that most people in this country will find it so. They understand the difference between consensual blowjobs, character assassination and national security even if the beltway doesn't. This is at its essence about a toxic political culture. The press has abdicated its reponsibility to hold the powerful accountable. A highly centralized Republican political machine observes no limits. The opposition party is purposefully rendered impotent and irrelevant. The checks and balances are no longer in place. The only institution that has the ability to cut through the spin, the lies, the strong-arm tactics is the justice system. Politics have become criminalized to be sure --- by the political criminals and their friendly helpmates in the press. The law is all we've got left. God help us.

The right says they hate this politics of personal destruction. Let's hope something happens here that can put an end to it. Unfortunately I think all we will get (as a matter of fact,
I would bet the farm on it) is that Fitz is way over the line. He's this, he's that. More personal destruction by those who PRETEND to hate it...or to put it more accurately, only hate it when they are the subject. It's never about the issue for them, it's always about the person. I'm sad for the otherwise good sheeple who have been taken in by the whole right wing cabal.

7 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

It speaks volumes that the administration and its mouthpieces cannot make an argument against their opponents' assertions but can only attack them personally. See John Di Iulio, Paul O'Neill, Richard Clarke, Bunny Greenhouse, Joe Wilson, and many, many more.

This "method" of political warfare demonstrates the bankruptcy of the administration's so-called "policy."

8:06 PM, October 16, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Machinating cabals ursurp the will of the people.

The empire of treason replaces the age of reason.

Hate a traitor, then you are a Bush baiter.

Defnding a traitor is not just politics. Do not be soft of traitors.

The blogger will not let the Donkey login. Curse the blogger.

8:47 PM, October 16, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Speaking of crime, didya hear about the latest U.S military strikes in Iraq which killed some civilians, including CHILDREN?!!
'Course the Pentagon/military is denying that anyone but "militants"
were killed. Well, of course. And you'll have to read all about it on-line because the darn liberal media isn't likely to report it. One of my fondest dreams is that ALL the members of PNAC will someday be tried for war crimes.

3:23 PM, October 17, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Well, I checked my local newspaper and there isn't even a story on this strike against the Iraqi militants, let alone mentioning that children were killed. Could it be that Yahoo News was wrong or the only one that got this story. Truth is that I've seen a lot more TRUTH coming out on these matters on Yahoo than on the networks (these things reported later by the REAL liberal media (Democracy Now, etc.)) Am now wondering if the Associated Press (AP) isn't as Pro-Bush as I think, but the media which can pick and choose chooses NOT to pick up stories that make Bush & Co. look really bad. Writer, Lonna, Dedanna, Donkey-Comments on this last? I won't expect any from Ron, who seems to be ignoring MY posts recently. (Smile)

12:46 PM, October 18, 2005  
Blogger The Donkey said...

Democrat;

The donkey seldom watches the TV news. The donkey has seen local events happen then read a different story in the paper and yet another story on the local radio.

Lonna saw what she saw in Texas. Her articles are more truthful than the national press media or the local Texas press media.

The stories out of the super bowl in NOLA turned out to be lies. If you want to know what is going on in Iraq, read the blogs of the military or the blogs of Iraqis. Most of these blogs are not like the game's.
The donkey does not believe what the Pentagon states. Remember the Tillman story or what happened to Jessica Lynch. The number of dead in Iraq and how many were kids in this last story will never be know. No one person knows, the dead can not speak, the relatives know only that they are dead. Who killed them, the Iraqis on our side, the Iraqis on their side, terrorists, the USA military, no one knows for sure. They will blame each other. The Donkey knows people died in Iraq, how many , how and why they died will never be known.

9:58 PM, October 18, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Thanks, Donkey. Also, "Mosaic" which is on the LINK station is a good way to find out what is happening in the Middle East. Still nothing in the paper that I can see about a recent strike against Iraqi militants. I should go to "Democracy Now"'s website and see what they have on it. You're right. The Internet is one of the better places to check out the news, esp. if you get it from overseas instead of America's "Liberal" media (what a joke). Peace!

1:20 PM, October 19, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Still haven't seen a story about recent strike against militants (not even on D/N site). However, my friend, Carol, said she saw one on "Hardball" or some such show on cable TV news.

1:45 PM, October 20, 2005  

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