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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Flashbacks

Worse than Watergate? Iraq is the new Vietnam? `Dukes of Hazzard' the movie?

What's old is new again.

Which makes me wonder if Patrick Fitzgerald will face his own Borking -- and I use that term in its original, strict-constructionist reading.

((In 1973 Robert Bork was Nixon's solicitor general, the #3 man at justice. One Saturday night in October, Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire independent prosecutor Archibald Cox. Cox was homing in on the nightmare we'd all come to know as Watergate. Richardson resigned instead, as did his deputy. The wetwork thus fell to Bork.))

Fitzgerald's office is homing in on the leaking of a covert operative's identity. It's a limited mandate for the federal prosecutor. But because the lies are so horribly entwined with the war in Iraq, Fitzgerald's final product could prompt a real public demand for a full and official accounting. The Senate Majority successfully killed a planned review of whether politics shaped intelligence in the run-up to war. Maybe Fitzgerald's effort will remind them that `checks and balances' aren't just about campaign finance.

I can dream. In the meantime, with Luca Brasi out, who will RoveBush summon to do their Borking?

6 Comments:

Blogger PGL said...

Maybe Alberto G. for past over for the Supreme nomination as Rove knew Alberto G. would do Bush's bidding without the messines of double resignations.

7/21/2005 8:50 PM  
Blogger strategery4 said...

Oh man, what are you smoking . . . and can I get some? Let's take a deep breath here and remember how deeply evil the Nixon Admin. was. In addition to running a basically illegal war (particularly the extending of it into Cambodia) that was an order of magnitude worse than Iraq, they were trying to subvert the democratic process by hook or by crook.

OK, the screwing up in Iraq could hurt the U.S. much more in the long run than Vietnam -- no argument there. And the Bushies have no respect for democracy at home -- but as far as I can tell they are only trying to subvert it (holiding Plamegate aside) by legal means (any opposition = support for the terrorists, etc.).

But they are not to my knowlege using the FBI and IRS to hassle political adversaries or running a real covert ops campaign out of the White House. Plamegate is symptomatic of deeper pathologies -- slash and burn politics, can't admit a mistake. But hold off on the wet dreams, at least for now.

7/22/2005 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think strategery4 makes a good point. CHB, don't let your anger take you away. Still, it's interesting to watch the focus growing every nearer W and Cheney.

7/22/2005 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think strategery4 makes a good point. CHB, don't let your anger take you away. Still, it's interesting to watch the focus growing every nearer W and Cheney.

7/22/2005 12:22 PM  
Blogger strategery4 said...

Also, meant to say the Vietnam-was-much-worse-that-Iraq point was primarily based on the body counts -- in honor of our not-so-dearly departed Gen Westmoreland (even if he was only a symptom of that disease).

7/22/2005 12:37 PM  
Blogger PGL said...

BTW - Jessica Simpson as Daisy is a nice choice. But who played Daisy in the TV show?

7/22/2005 2:36 PM  

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