July 3, 2007

The Schoolyard Bully

This from the Huffington Post:
George W. Bush is One Tough Hombre -- Paul Begala

Tough enough to execute Karla Fay Tucker -- and then laugh about it. Tough enough to sign a death warrant for a man whose lawyer slept through the trial -- and then snicker when asked about it in a debate. Even tough enough to execute a great-grandmother who murdered her husband -- after he abused her.

. . . [T]ough enough to invade a country that was no risk to America . . . Tough enough to sanction torture. Tough enough to order an American citizen arrested and held without trial.
Click here for the entire text.
I sat here for a few minutes trying to think of a comment to the article. But--I think Paul said it all.
I take it back-- OneBigScotsman left this comment on the original. It was too good not to pass on:
'This has left me confused. Since New Orleans, I've thought Bush was incompetent and arrogant about it. Now, I think he might by arrogant, and incompetent about it. Any assistance will be appreciated.'


pissed off patricia said...

If he wanted to let Libby off he should have just pardoned him. This half way stuff looks rather chicken shit to me. Maybe Libby was thinking of telling all he knew.

two crows said...

hey, PoP--welcome.
there is certainly speculation to that effect.

one thing I heard is that this has Cheney written all over it:
if pardoned, Libby would just drop the matter and it would be over.
but, because the sentence was commuted, the case stays open pending appeals which will last at least until this admin is out of office [assuming that ever happens].

and, of course, while the appeals are ongoing, no one can be required to talk about the matter on the record -- to Congress or anyone else.

Bush couldn't have thought up this end-run around the Constitution on his own. But, it's just the sort of thing Cheney would come up with.

PoliShifter said...

Apparently Bush isn't tough enough to stand up to whatever Libby knows.

TomCat said...

There's an extensive comment with detailed analysis on this over at my place. What seems clear from the timing is that Bush, Cheney Rove and Libby conspired together to sabotage Fitzgerald's investigation into their crimes, and Libby agreed to front himself to take the fall, provided they assured him to safeguard him from prison time.

Women on the Verge said...

Have no fear... I'm sure a full pardon is due... just before Dub walks out the door.


two crows said...

I'm sure you're right, E.
after all, we can't have Libby walkin around with a treason -- er -- I mean obstruction conviction on his record.
after all, who would hire him [or invite him to those parties in Washington] then?

and we _all_ know what a hardship that would be on him and his family. just look at Liddy and and North-- they're just eking it out as they write their best sellers.

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two crows said...

hey, Robert--
went and signed.

and, acourse, I've got that link in my primary post. hope people are using it.

TomCat said...

I have already been there and signed that.

Lydia Cornell brought up an excellent point. In cimmuting Libby's sentence rather than pardoning him, Libby's appeal is still ongoing, so Congress cannot force him to testify with use imminity, insuring that his mouth stays shut.

two crows said...

my point exactly, tc
it'll keep the Plame thing off the table at least till Jan, 2008 and no one can touch it.

TomCat said...

Bingo. :-(