July 12, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
Bush's version of "honor and integrity":
Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, September 29, 2003:
"If anyone in this administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this administration."President Bush, February 10, 2004:
"If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is," Bush told reporters at an impromptu news conference during a fund-raising stop in Chicago, Illinois. "If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of."President Bush, June 10, 2004:
Q And, and, do you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found to have done so? ["leaked the agent's name"]Update - Robert Parry:
THE PRESIDENT: Yes.
In the Iran-Contra Affair, for instance, Ronald Reagan fired aides Oliver North and John Poindexter on Nov. 25, 1986, the day the scandal was revealed, rather than wait for the conclusion of a criminal probe.Actually, as far as I know Bush has not taken disciplinary action against anyone in his administration for anything, period. NO accountability whatsoever. Impunity. Total and absolute corruption.
On April 30, 1973, as the Watergate scandal was unfolding, Richard Nixon ousted chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman and White House counsel John Dean. Nixon famously promised "no whitewash at the White House.
By contrast, George W. Bush has taken no known disciplinary action against anyone for letting the identity of a covert CIA officer leak out."
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"If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of."
That is what the right is hanging on to, not whether or not he violated national security or anything else.
For some reason, the same people who support the torture of others without trial, charges or representation, are now demanding proof beyond a reasonable doubt before we stop paying him or supplying him with our nations greatest secrets.
Posted by: grannyinsanity at July 12, 2005 11:34 AM
They learned the lessons of Watergate and I/Q:
(1) Never apologize, never explain. It ONLY makes things worse.
(2) An allied, corporate media comes in REALLY handy.
That's really all there is to it. If you can figure a way to beat that, let me know.
Posted by: richard at July 12, 2005 12:55 PM
I could not agree more, 'richard'! You hit the proverbial nail on the head.
Posted by: Helga Fremlin at July 12, 2005 2:56 PM
Total and absolute corruption.
an apt and thorough description.
Posted by: JDM at July 12, 2005 7:21 PM
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