It was nice to enjoy a Thanksgiving break without having to worry that I was "missing something" worthwhile in the news department since the newspapers and news networks had previously abandoned their professions as journalists and news reporters and became instead all too willing cheerleaders for the Bush Administration. I did not feel the urge to dig deeply into alternative online sources to learn what is really happening in the world of Bush hurt and mayhem. At last, some of the mainstream media is now clearly aware of whom and what the Bush Administration is - corrupted crooks and liars extraordinaire - and it is being relentless in its coverage.
Moving on to the news tonight that may not have been covered by the MSM, here is a piece from Raw Story.com on Plame Gate. Rove is not off the hook, fortunately, as he should not be. Au contraire, Rove might actually be invited to plea a deal with Mr. Fitzgerald or face criminal charges. Burn baby burn. LS
ROVE MAY HAVE MISLED LEAK INQUIRY
FORMER AIDE TO POWELL TRASHES BUSH AND CHENEY
Wilkerson blamed Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and like-minded aides. He said Cheney must have sincerely believed that Iraq could be a spawning ground for new terror assaults, because "otherwise I have to declare him a moron, an idiot or a nefarious bastard." (How about all of the above? LS)
FORMER AIDE TO POWELL CRTICIZES BUSH AND CHENEY
A NEW TWIST: TIMING OF WAR FOR POLITICAL REASONS: THE BUSH PEOPLE, LED BY ROVE, WANTED THE WAR TO OCCUR BETWEEN ELECTION CYCLES.
Of course it's all about the politics with the Bush inner circle. Politics over policy. Politics over integrity. Politics over our national security. Politics over truth. Politics over our financial security and well-being. Politics over relationships with allies and the globe. Politics and money. Politics and greed. Politics and corruption. What a despicable and sorry lot. Too bad they are so freaking dangerous. LS
It was obvious in 2002, and it is crystal clear now, that the Bush team - led by their political director, Karl Rove - carefully scheduled the war so that the timetable would work with the schedule of the next two election cycles.
The vote in Congress to give the president war authority had to occur before the mid-term elections in November 2002 in order to put the Democrats in disarray and to get all the Democratic senators who were planning to run for president in 2004 on the record. That part worked beautifully. Sen. John Kerry, the eventual Democratic nominee, never fully recovered from the GOP ads in which he stated conflicting views on the war.
WAR WITH IRAQ TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH ELECTION CYCLES
ON BOB WOODWARD
For me, this is a tough article to read. I greatly admired and respected Bob Woodward in the 1970's when he took on the crazed Nixon Administration. It took a lot of courage, stamina, commitment and professionalism. It is a tragic shame that Bob Woodward has become so self-absorbed and seemingly willing to serve as an apologist for the Bush Administration, which, ironically, is more crazed and dangerous than Nixon's. LS
"THE WOODWARD SCANDAL SHOULD NOT BLOW OVER"
"DISHONEST, REPREHENSIBLE AND CORRUPT..."
By Frank Rich of the NYT
Mr. Rich has been one of my favorite journalists for a long time. He was one of the first to question the Bush Administration's policies when most of his colleagues were, if not openly praising Bush, were reluctant to probe deeply or question any thing that could be perceived as critical of the Bush. Mr. Rich wrote his pieces from the Arts section of the NYT until he was finally moved to the Op-ed section. This is a wonderful piece. No one says it better. LS
"DISHONEST REPREHNSIBLE AND CORRUPT