Sunday, July 17, 2005

Topic of the Week - Focus on the Big Picture...and Karl Rove must Resign

Lets review the facts and opinions/hypothesis of the security breech by Karl Rove and lets keep our eye on the 'big picture' here in what this media attention is really about - the White House manufactured and manipulated evidence and deceived Congress and the American People to invade the country of Iraq - period. Anyone with a brain and who has followed all the information and reports from the UK government officials (i.e. Downing Street Memo), the US officials (recent Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame smear campaign by the White House) knows this to be true. We all knew it to be true back in 2003 in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq - it was obvious the Bush administration had a hidden agenda to invade Iraq and no one, including the United Nations, was going to stop them.

Lets look at the Wilson/Plame smear campaign in detail...and keep your eye again on the big picture here on what this security breech is really about - manufacturing evidence to deceive Congress and the American people to invade Iraq.

1. Fact: Karl Rove lied denying previous statements in 2003 that he had nothing to do in leaking Valerie Plame's name to the media.

As reported on NBC's Meet the Press by Tim Russert this morning: Matthew Cooper, Time Magazine reporter answered the following question before the Grand Jury as written in Time Magazine's recent, July 25, 2005 issue;

Question: Was it through my (Cooper's) conversation with Karl Rove that I leaned for the first time that [Joe] Wilson's wife worked at the CIA and may have been responsible for sending Joe Wilson to Niger to investigate the 'Yellow Cake' Uranium sale to Iraq? Answer: Yes

Question: Did Rove say that she worked at the [CIA] "agency" on "WMD"? Answer: Yes

Question: When Rove said things would be declassified soon, was that itself impermissible? Answer: I don't know. (Remember this statement that "things would be declassified soon.")

Question Directly from Tim Russert: For the record, the first time you learned that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA was from Karl Rove? Answer by Cooper: Yes

2. Fact & Hypothesis: VP Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby had given Matthew Cooper a specific waiver, and I (Cooper) gave a deposition in the office of my attorney in August, 2004 regarding limited conversations with Libby that was not discussed until now. Libby on the record denied that Cheney played or knew or had any role in Wilson's trip to Niger. Off the record, I asked Libby if he had heard anything about Wilson's wife sending her husband to Niger. Libby replied "Yeah, I've heard that too."

Fact: Libby, Cheney's Chief of Staff, denied Cheney had anything to do with or knowing Wilson went to Niger or played an role within this mission.

Hypothesis: Dick Cheney orchestrated this 'Yellow Cake' uranium scheme in his bid to manufacture evidence to justify an invasion of Iraq.

3. Fact & Hypothesis: Matthew Cooper in the July 17, 2003 issue of Time magazine that "some government officials have noted to Time magazine in interviews, (as well as to syndicated columnist Robert Novak) that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, is a CIA official who monitors the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. These officials have suggested that she was involved in her husband's being dispatched to Niger....

Question by Tim Russert: Some government officials? Were those Rove & Libby? Answer by Cooper: Yes

Question from Russert: Are there more government officials? Answer by Cooper: I don't want to get into it, but it's possible.

Question by Russert: Have you told the Grand Jury about that...that there may have been more sources? Answer by Cooper: Yes.

Hypothesis: VP Dick Cheney (and most likely President Bush) was very much involved in trying to manufacture evidence to invade Iraq and Cheney was the main person (along with Karl Rove) behind the "smear" campaign of Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame.

4. Fact: On July 14, 2003, Robert Novak's syndicated newspaper column stated "Wilson never worked for the CIA, but his wife, Valerie Plame, is an agency operative on weapons of mass destruction. Two senior administration officials told me that Wilson's wife suggested sending him to Niger....The CIA says its counterproliferaion officials selected Wilson and asked his wife to contact him."

Karl Rove...spoke with the columnist Robert D. Novak [on July 8, 2003 - six days prior to Novak's column above] as he was preparing an article...that identified a CIA officer who was the undercover, someone who has been officially briefed on the matter said. Mr Rove has told investigators as of last Friday, July 15, 2005 that he learned from the columnist the name of the CIA officer, who was referred to by her maiden name, Valerie Plame, and the circumstances in which her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, traveled to Africa to investigate possible uranium sales to Iraq the "person" said. After hearing Mr. Novak's account, the person who has been briefed on the matter said, Mr. Rove told the columnist "I heard that, too." This past account was reported in the July 15, 2005 edition of the NY Times.

5. Fact: On Friday, July 11, 2003 in a Newsweek magazine article July 16, 2005 issue reported that "Rove told Matthew Cooper that Wilson's trip had not been authorized by "DCIA "- CIA Director George Tenet - or Vice President, Dick Cheney. Rather, 'it was (Rove said) Wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on WMD issues who authorized the trip."

Karl Rove "out-ed" Valerie Plame to the media which is against the 1982 law forbidden White House officials, or anyone employed in government service, to disclose a CIA operative to the public. This is breaking the law. Rove's attorney will stand behind the fact that Rove apparently did not disclose Valerie Plame's actual name but rather leaked that this CIA operative was Joseph Wilson's wife. Regardless, it is obvious Karl Rove is guilty of leaking information to the press that threatens national security.

6. Fact: Karl Rove signed an oath as employed by the White House, and they (White House employees) are given a briefing book that states within "Before....confirming the accuracy of what appears in the public source, the signer of the SF 312 must confirm through an authorized official that the information has, in fact, been declassified. If it has not....confirmation of its accuracy is also an unauthorized disclosure." Briefing Booklet; Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement Page 73.

So by confirming a story with Robert Novak, or sharing a story with Matthew Cooper, no matter where it came from, Karl Rove leaked to the press classified information after taking an oath to the President of the United States not to do so.

7. Statement: John Podesta, former Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton stated on Meet the Press: "What's this all about? This is about the White House trying to defend its use of manipulated information of intelligence material to invade Iraq. Mr. Rove stated he was not involved in the Wilson/Plame disclosure, as stated by Scott McClellan in July, 2003 press briefing. This is a lie - Karl Rove was involved and leaked Valerie Plame's name to the press. This is a lie and Karl Rove is the top advisor to our President. Karl Rove must resign."

8. Fact: The Iraq invasion has increased the number of 'terrorists' within the Islamic fundamentalist culture worldwide. According to many sources and research conducted in 2004 and 2005 (see most recent study as reported in today's July 17, 2005 Boston Globe newspaper
2005/07/17/study_cites_seeds_of_terror_in_iraq/ )
the Iraq invasion has most definitely increased the hostility and number of 'terrorists' both domestically and internationally in their fight against the United States and its allies. On the CNN morning edition this past Friday, July 15, 2005, in an exclusive interview with two Iraqi insurgents, both insurgents acknowledged the Iraq invasion has created a hatred so much so that the insurgents are able to recruit Islamic fighters from around the world in fighting the U.S. and their numbers have increased significnatly because of the Iraq invasion.

The bottom line is that Karl Rove has to resign - period. He lied and manipulated evidence in a smear campaign against Josheph Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame who is a CIA operative, to cover-up the lies, deception and manufactured evidence from the White House in attempting to justify their invasion of Iraq.

Once again, do not forget the big picture here and let me restate it - The White House manufactured evidence and deceived Congress and the American people in order to invade Iraq and occupy a country. Currently, over 1,700 U.S. lives have been lost, presumable over 12,000 Iraqi citizens have been killed and over $500 billion dollars of our tax payer monies have been spent on this invasion. And finally, this Iraq invasion, besides being immoral, has left our country vulnerable militarily and economically...more so than any time in our country's history - period.

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At 6:56 AM, Anonymous JimS said...

PWB - the bottom line is that Karl Rove has not committed a crime and the democrats are trying to use this investigation for political gain. Rove has helped this country more so than anyone in Washington over the last 10 years, and I wish the democrats would focus on this point, rather than try to 'crucify' him.

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jims - When did the criteria for something being wrong become dependant on whether or not a crime has been committed. Case in point…recently a jury of his peers found Michael Jackson “Not Guilty” on all charges in his child molestation case…so according to your logic since no crime was committed it is ok for him to sleep in the same bed with little boys?

The question that needs to be asked is why? Not why did Mr. Rove leak this information because that’s simple…It was leaked for political payback for someone who opposed the Administration lying to the American People to go to their poorly pre-planned war. No the real question is: Why did Karl let the fact that he leaked this information become public? From what I know of Mr. Rove nothing happens unless he wants it to happen, so the only reason we know it was Karl Rove is because Karl Rove wanted us to know it was him. We are all missing something here!

I am not a number…I am a fee man!


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