Today’s Noose: Libby indicted on 5 charges, resigns
Saturday October 29th 2005, 1:13 pm

Noose of the DayThe 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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It will be such a sweet day when and if that dirty little bastard, Rove goes down.

Comment by David Heidelberg 10.30.05 @ 1:25 pm

David, I’m not so sure. If someone hadn’t tapped Shrubbo on the shoulder 5 days after Katrina, Shrub would still be reading My Pet Goat. However, we can do a lot better than a crew who resort to treason in the face of criticism from their opponents.

Comment by weezil 10.31.05 @ 6:22 am

Look who he’s put up for the Supreme Court now.
Anti-abortion groups are overjoyed.

Comment by JahTeh 11.01.05 @ 5:35 pm

JT, I would admonish you not to forget that 52% of the US voting population is female, with a vested interest in being able to legally control their own body functions, but with the murky brown fog surrounding the 2000 & 2004 elections, threatening anti-choice pollies with their jobs probably won’t make any difference.

Comment by weezil 11.01.05 @ 5:54 pm

How many of that 52% actually vote and how many who vote are Christian who want to control other women’s choices. Doesn’t getting to the Supreme Court mean it’s for life? So he can have years to dismantle laws already made about women’s rights even if the Democrats win next time.

Comment by JahTeh 11.02.05 @ 11:58 am

More on work(un)choices

I wonder how far one has to go in voicing disapproval of the laws our current government ramming through in (almost) complete secrecy (propaganda campaigns running on the order of $50 million don’t count when they don’t provide any of the details of them.

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