The Case Against Cheney

Since day one, we have, for the most part; all assumed that it was the Vice Presidents office that leaked the information about Valarie Plame, violating the federal law that bars the "outing" of intelligence operatives.

Vice President Dick Cheney wrote a memo that effectively confirms his intimate involvement in strategizing about how to counter the inquiry into the Bush administration's politically motivated outing of CIA operative Valarie Plame. This was revealed in the former vice presidential chief of staff "Scooter" Libby's trial on charges of obstructing a federal investigation.

This blatant conspiracy to punish a critic of the Bush administration is just like one of the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon in the seventies, who by the way was Dick Cheney's boss at the time. One could say he learned at the knee of the master.

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The Mixed Legacy of Gerald R. Ford

The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal.

Gerald R. Ford, a man fate placed on a stage far bigger than his modest persona suggested he belonged is dead at 93. In August 1974 he was appointed America's 38th president when Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace because of the Watergate scandal. Had he not resigned Nixon surely would've been impeached in the House of Representatives and convicted by the Senate.

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Good-bye to Rummyworld (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

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The tipping point to a landslide?

From Larry Johnson's No Quarter:

Military Times Throws Down the [Gauntlet]: Rumsfeld Must Go

By Brent Budowsky

[Note from Larry Johnson:  My friend and colleague, Brent Budowsky, a contributing editor to the Fighting Dems, was first out of the gate reacting to the news that the Military Times newspapers are calling for Rumsfeld to go.  Here is his piece.]

The Military Times speaks truth to power and to America with its call for Rumsfeld to go.  This is the beginning of the end for the Republican policy of failure, arrogance, corruption, dishonesty and war partisanship.


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Bush's Iraq Benchmarks are No Benchmarks at All

With American deaths coming at a pace unseen in nearly two years, Americans are desperate to see that change is on the horizon, whether it be a reconfiguring of strategy or a timeline for withdrawal of American troops (or some combination of the two).

President Bush and his advisors aren't stupid. They see the same polling as everyone else (regardless of what they tell you otherwise). They know that voters are demanding change. So the President held a press conference touting new benchmarks for success for Iraq and the White House went on a media blitz, including calling in conservative allies within talk radio, in an attempt to spread word of the President's "changes." Yet word of the talking points must not have reached Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who today all but admitted that the benchmarks are meaningless because there are no timelines or consequences attached to them. The AP's Pauline Jelenik has the story.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday that critics should "just back off" on demands for deadlines in Iraq and that it is difficult to predict when Iraqis will resume control of their country.

At a Pentagon news conference, Rumsfeld said benchmarks for security, political and economic progress that U.S. and Iraqi officials have been discussing are valuable because "you are in effect establishing priorities."

But he said the timelines have no specific deadlines, or consequences if goals are not met by specific dates.

The President and his political advisors might think that the American people are rubes who will buy anything the administration wants to sell. But we're not. Although many, if not most Americans supported this war at its outset, by today its clear to the vast majority of voters that we are not winning in Iraq and, consequently, that a continuation of the same old policies being implemented by the same incompetent bureacrats and politicians is not the solution. Instead, a change of course is needed. And realistically, there aren't enough voters clamoring for change who still have faith in the administration for Republicans to sit comfortably over the next two weeks regardless of the extent of the White House's spin efforts.

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