Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Shadow Puppeteer

We say again, Impeach Cheney!

The Shadow Puppeteer - Los Angeles CityBeat:

“Did his wife send him on a junket?” With these words, scrawled angrily by our sitting vice president in the margins of a New York Times article, Dick Cheney set into motion a scandal with deep, lasting implications for the White House, and the fraud and incompetence that finally sent the U.S. stumbling into war with Iraq.

Unfortunately, Cheney will not be taking the stand this week in the perjury trial of his former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. He will not have to face federal prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald. But the trial has already shone an embarrassing light on Cheney’s unique role in this dark period of American history.

When it was revealed that the classified identity of a CIA employee had been leaked to members of the press, President George W. Bush assured us that anyone who would participate in the outing of a CIA agent would no longer be part of his administration. Of course, we now know that, even as Bush said those words, Cheney and high-placed administration minions Libby, Karl Rove, Mary Matalin, Ari Fleischer, and many, many others had been actively involved. None of them was fired, and Libby exited only after being indicted.

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