Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bush Was Duped or He Does A Damn Good John Banner Imitation


Yesterday, Peter Onus, the founder and editor-in-chief of Public Affairs Books, which is publishing Scott McClellan's book, What Happened, in April, released 151 words that set off a firestorm across the internet.

"The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.

"There was one problem. It was not true. I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the president himself."

Many were outraged for this tidbit of information confirmed what we had long suspected about the Bush White House. Some were even calling McClellan Bush's John Dean (There is a cancer on the presidency).

Then today, Osnos quickly backed away from his author's statement, telling MSNBC news that McClellan "did not intend to suggest Bush lied to him."

Osnos says when McClellan went before the White House press corps in 2003 to publicly exonerate Libby and Rove, the problem was that his statement was not true. Osnos said the president told McClellan what "he thought to be the case." But, he says, McClellan believes, "the president didn't know it was not true."

Remember, we are not being told this by the principals involved, but by a third party. Osnos is telling us what McClellan was thinking which appears to be contrary to what McClellan was writing.

This all begs the question: If Bush told McClellan what he thought to be the truth, not knowing the information he was telling McClellan was not true, where did Bush get his information? Someone had to tell Bush that Rove and Libby were NOT involved. We know from the grand jury that Rove and Libby were involved at this time. We know that Cheney was involved, as well as Andy Card. In fact, everyone seemed to know except Bush. Someone LIED to the president. Cheney, Rove, Libby, or Card were in the place to do it.

Either someone lied to President Bush or he is second only to John Banner in his mastery of the wegschauen: "I saw nothing, nothing!"

Godwin's law.

1 comment:

Sky Girl said...

No one will ever be able to convince me he didn't know. C'mon.