INTEMPERATE CRITICISM OF GEORGE BUSH -- SCOOTER LIBBY USED AS A HAMMER
The Houston Chronicle's Washington D.C.-based columnist, Cragg Hines, is this newpaper's long-standing poster boy for its left-leaning political slant and what it chooses with a modicum of discretion not to publish on its editorial pages, it has Hines do in his nasty-gram Op-Ed columns. And Hines, you should no, has no use for certain of us right-of-center bloggers who he has previously termed neander-bloggers and card-carrying members of a Houston-area coven.
This morning's hatchet-piece, published in the Sunday edition's "Outlook" section, is vintage Cragg Hines. He opens:
So this is the administration led by a man who repeatedly swore "to uphold the honor and the dignity" of the presidency. That super-righteous routine, which was to be performed by George W. Bush with his hand on the Bible, is now laughable.
The only thing "laughable" is Hines' outrageous statement. Bush has not been impeached, has not pontificated on what the meaning of is is before a Grand Jury, has, in the Reagan tradition, worn a suit of clothes while working in the Oval Office, has not engaged in sexual trysts with White House interns, and has diligently apllied himself to the nation's business, including the global war on terror, rather than being distracted, as was his predecessor, by the consequences of rank appetities.
The first paragraph of Hines' column alone qualifies it for duty at the bottom of a bird cage. But, alas, it gets worse. And no surprise that he tries valiantly to paint the president with a broad stroke of corruption and scandal on the basis of an indictment just returned against Scooter Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff.
Possible criminality aside and earlier denials notwithstanding, it is clear that both I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who resigned as Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff after being indicted Friday, and Karl Rove, the deputy White House chief of staff who remains under investigation, trafficked in the identity of a CIA operative.
Possible criminality aside means that Scooter Libby is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty (but Hines doesn't want to let that sort of quibbling get in the way) and earlier denials notwithstanding means that even if Fitzgerald was admittedly unable to find any evidence that any federal laws had been violated -- i.e., the original grounds for the investigation -- in the so-called "outing" of a CIA operative, Hines then chooses to term the legal conversation between two high-level Bush Adminstration officials carrying top security clearances trafficking. Nice try, Cragg, but your dog don't hunt.
Clearly, Cragg Hines is unsatisfied with and disgruntled over Fitzgerald's findings or lack thereof. And he fails in the bitterness of his column to heed the words of Fitzgerald:
But I think what we see here today, when a vice president's chief of staff is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, it does show the world that this is a country that takes its law seriously; that all citizens are bound by the law.So take a deep breath, Cragg, what you claim to be true was, in point of fact, not proven whatsoever by the Fitzgerald-led, two year investigation and no indictments were returned to that effect by the federal grand jury. Indeed, your claim is and remains unfounded:
But what we need to also show the world is that we can also apply the same safeguards to all our citizens, including high officials. Much as they must be bound by the law, they must follow the same rules.
So I ask everyone involved in this process, anyone who participates in this trial, anyone who covers this trial, anyone sitting home watching these proceedings to follow this process with an American appreciation for our values and our dignity.
Let's let the process take place. Let's take a deep breath and let justice process the system.
What emerges from the scenario laid out in the Libby indictment is that the Bush administration was most interested in discrediting former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, husband of Valerie Plame Wilson.
Ambassador Wilson's sin in the eyes of the White House was coming up with an answer that the administration did not want to hear: that there was no credible evidence that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had been seeking uranium ore in the African nation of Niger. That was based on a trip Wilson made to the region in 2002 at the behest of the CIA. Wilson's report put yet another chink in the administration's argument that Saddam Hussein had and was developing weapons of mass destruction.
It only emerged in your twisted, MSM-style way of distorting fact and pandering to the Left's fictions, Cragg.