It seems George Bush just can’t catch a break right about now — and, for him, it appears the situation may be about to get worse.
His nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the enigmatic White House Counsel Harriet Miers, is finding opposition on the left and the right as calls for withdrawing her nomination intensify.
Meanwhile, as American support for his invasion and occupation of Iraq drops significantly, more bad news has emerged: The US military death toll in Iraq has hit the 2000 mark.
And then, there is Plamegate: Over the weekend, Bush reportedly was warned that the federal grand jury investigation of the alleged leaking of the identity of a covert CIA operative may bring bad news for the administration sooner rather than later. Rumors say as many as five indictments may come down — perhaps later today; CBS News corroborates the scuttlebutt. That news must be a wee bit scary, to say the least, for those implicated in the scandal: White House senior adviser Karl Rove; Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff for the vice-president; and perhaps even Libby’s boss, Dick Cheney. Others may be involved in alleged shenanigans as well, and the possible nefarious activity may include an illegal coverup.
Might Bush’s own day of reckoning be on its way? While reveling in schadenfreude is abhorrent, he must be held accountable for what he has wrought, and it can not come too soon.
Think about it: Determined to reverse settled law he doesn’t like, he nominated a crony — a political and judicial question mark– for a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the land. Behind closed doors, at least one right-wing religious leader was told not to worry, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more. Meanwhile, as the administration refused to allow access to position papers Miers wrote as White House counsel, rank-and-file Americans and their senators learned precious little about her. And yet, the Resident expected them to confirm her. “Trust me,” Shrubbie said, as if that would settle the matter.
So far, it hasn’t. And his nomination eventually may go down in flames.
Trust George Bush? Please. Two-thousand American soldiers are dead on his watch. His hands are stained with their blood, along with that of an estimated more than 25,000 Iraqi civilians who died in Shrub’s so-called war. Why were their tragic deaths so necessary?
Georgie’s initial justification: Iraqi weapons of mass destruction — an imminent threat to the Western world — needed to be located and destroyed. It was only after we realized the truth in what some experts had said all along, that the WMDs were nonexistent, that the subject of Iraqi “liberation” came to the fore as a selling point for state-sanctioned killing. Tells me that Bush and his cronies didn’t care about why they wanted to bomb Iraq — they just wanted to bomb it.
And how about Bush Administration moves to squash dissent? Peace activists found themselves on terrorist-watch and no-fly lists for daring to express disagreement with Bush’s invasion. Former ambassador Joseph Wilson traveled to Niger and found that the administration’s claim that the Iraq government procured WMDs there was a load of tripe. Wilson’s reward? Someone leaked the news that Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was working undercover for the CIA.
When word of a possibly illegal leak of classified information emerged, the Bush Gang offered little more than evasions, alleged obstructions of justice, and reported lies.
So it appears that for George Bush and his henchpersons, what goes around may be coming around. Finally, those who warned against electing this man and cautioned against his “war” may see a little justice. It is only right: If lies were told, those who told them — including Dubya — must be punished. If crimes were committed, the perpetrators must pay. And the Commander in Thief must be held accountable for his misdeeds, including leading more than 27,000 humans to their deaths in his pursuit of greed, power, and revenge.
As Bush learned too late in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, the buck is supposed to stop with him. That would be only fair: He wanted to be president. He and his cohorts were determined to rain violence upon Iraq. And whatever it took to achieve that — convincing a gullible public and Congress to go along with the plan, alienating much of the world, punishing dissenters for exercising their First Amendment rights — he was willing to do. Well, now it is long past time for him to get his just desserts.
If the Miers nomination goes down to defeat and if those involved in the Plame affair ultimately are indicted, it could signal the start. If the White House ends up dodging these bullets, the piper’s payment will have to be deferred. But eventually, Bush must be held accountable for his reckless, costly actions, for his insufferable hubris, and for the hell he has caused. The American people deserve nothing less.
The announcement of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s findings, which may come as soon as Thursday, could start the ball rolling. Let’s hope justice is served.Powered by Sidelines