July 3, 2007

Another straw--but the camel's back was broken long ago

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. --Emerson

The commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence by the president of our frat--I mean country--was eminently predictable. Whatever else you can say about Bush, he's consistent.

I hope that the outcry after this legal but unethical act will be unpredictably large enough to let Bush and Cheney know that they have finally gone too far.

Actually, this whole matter began with the consistency of the Republicans.

Whenever they can't prove something negative about themselves to be untrue, they attack the character of the messenger. Prove your innocence, they say, in a twisted version of our judicial process.

They couldn't deny that John Kerry was a war hero in comparison to the AWOL Bush, so they slandered him.

They couldn't prove that what Joe Wilson said was wrong, so they outed his wife as a covert agent of the CIA, and attacked his character and hers when they made these offenses public.

And experience has shown that the White House is never louder and more vicious than when it is in the wrong.

Eugenia Ginzburg, a political prisoner in the Soviet Union for ten years, once said of Stalin: "He'll never forgive you for how he has wronged you."

In other words, as long as you're still alive to prove that crimes and injustices were committed against you, your existence irks the hell out of delusional despots who want to see themselves as benevolent.

David Brooks is such a weaselly little apologist for the Misadministration. I'll never forget a performance of his two years ago on PBS's NewsHour, when he said something to the effect that Karl Rove was trying to HELP the poor reporters get their stories straight on the Plame leak.

(Interestingly enough, this transcript never appeared on the NewsHour website, as ALL others from the same time period did. I know, because I was waiting to link it.)

Then as now, Brooks is either A) delusional or B) a bold liar in his assertions of blamelessness for Rove and Libby. Either circumstance disqualifies him from wrapping himself in the credibility of the New York Times.

Bush does what Cheney wants (don't kid yourself it was anyone else) and commutes Scooter's sentence, and then they let out their lickspittle Chihuahuas like David Brooks to yap their talking points.

I don't know if there is a special hell reserved for cowards and chicken hawks and hypocrites and their enablers, but I hope so.

They'll never forgive us for how they have wronged us.

I wouldn't be surprised if the lot of them don't go hide in Paraguay after January, 2009, to live off Halliburton war profits.

But since they've let the "extraordinary rendition" genie out of the bottle, they might just wake up in irons, on a plane to The Hague.



Anonymous said...

I never thought I'd say this, but, I miss Dan Quayle.


Anonymous said...

That reinforces for me just how bad things are!

Undeniable Liberal said...


Anonymous said...

Oh please, it's not nice to tease me with the thought of these vile pricks going to The Hague.