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Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Elephants in the Room

It's about time these questions are raised:
For starters, did Mr. Bush know in the fall of 2003, when he was telling the public that no one wanted to get to the bottom of the case more than he did, that Mr. Rove, his longtime strategist and senior adviser, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, had touched on the C.I.A. officer's identity in conversations with journalists before the officer's name became public? If not, when did they tell him, and what would the delay say in particular about his relationship with Mr. Rove, whose career and Mr. Bush's have been intertwined for decades?

Then there is the broader issue of whether Mr. Bush was aware of any effort by his aides to use the C.I.A. officer's identity to undermine the standing of her husband, a former diplomat who had publicly accused the administration of twisting its prewar intelligence about Iraq's nuclear program.
Does the Administration really expect the public to believe that the President is so detached from the White House activity, that he was unaware that the Vice President's Chief of Staff, and his own political advisor / Deputy Chief of Staff, were conspiring to retaliate against a diplomat who was debunking the WMD propaganda, by outing his CIA wife? Of course he knew, and for that matter Cheney too.

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