The noose is beginning to tighten around the neo-cons’ necks. The Fitzgerald investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity to the press has indicted US Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Irving "Scooter" Libby on five criminal charges.
A federal grand jury handed down indictments on two counts of perjury for lying to the Fitzgerald investigation, two more for lying to FBI investigators in the matter and one count of obstruction of justice. Libby tendered his resignation– which Shrubbo quickly accepted, yet apologising for and praising Libby all the while.
Not since the Watergate scandal in 1973-4, in Nixon’s presidency, have criminal charges been laid against a person so close in the org chart to a US president, when VP Spiro Agnew was convicted of tax evasion in a bribes scheme. It’s the first time in 130 years that a White House official has faced criminal charges.
Now- how did Libby learn of Plame’s identity? Rove? Cheney? Bush himself?
If Rove goes, Shrub is, in a word, screwed. Without Rove’s dirty-tricks strategy advice, the neo-cons seem almost certain to crash and burn. The Fitzgerald investigation has taken quite a lot of Rove’s time. The evidence of White House rudderlessness was fatally obvious in the botched FEMA response to Hurricane Katrina and the ill-fated nomination of White House counsel and Bush crony Harriet Miers, who has never served as a judge, to the Supreme Court.
If the information is traced to Cheney, it’s highly probable that the Dickster could be the first US Vice President since Spiro Agnew to resign from the office and only the third VP in US history to resign in disgrace.
If the information came from Shrub, impeachment is a sure thing. Bush’s resignation would be almost inevitable. Could Dubya be taking his first steps on his journey to The Hague for attacking Iraq over bogus WMD?
I propose a new drinking game; every time Shrubbo invokes executive privilege to prevent giving evidence in the Plame matter, you must quaff a beer. If you voted for Bush, you must chug a frosty mug of hemlock.
Interestingly, the Democrats haven’t had to lift a finger to see all their Fitzmases come at once.
Now… who will Shrub pick to replace Cheney? This is the guy who will replace Shrubbo himself if he resigns.
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