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Republican Corruption Running Amok In America Monday, October 17, 2005

AmericaBlog had delightful piece over the weekend and then reran today. It's a great op/ed and
If a senior White House staffer had intentionally outed an American spy during World War II, he'd have been shot.

We're at war, George Bush keeps reminding us. We cannot continue with business as usual. A pre-9/11 mentality is deadly. Putting the lives of our troops at risk is treason.

Then why is the White House and the Republican party engaged in a concerted campaign to make treason acceptable during a time of war? That's exactly what they're doing. On numerous news shows today, Republican surrogates, their talking points ready, issued variations of the following concerning White House chief of staff Karl Rove's outing of a covert CIA agent as part of a political vendetta:

- It's the criminalization of politics
- Is this 'minor' leak really worth all this?
- Political payback is common and should not be criminalized
- Mis-speaking or mis-remembering is not a crime

Yes, the Republicans are now making light of an intentional effort to expose an undercover CIA agent, working on weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, no less, while we are at war in the Middle East on that very issue.

The GOP has become the party of treason.

It would be one thing for a senior adviser to the president to put the nation's security at risk during a time of war. That could be explained as an aberration - a quite serious one, no doubt - but a fluke nonetheless. But when the president himself refuses to keep his own word about firing that aberration, and when the entire Republican party rallies around that fluke and tries to minimize what is usually a capital offense during wartime, something is seriously wrong with that party and its leadership.

America is ignoring the Geneva Conventions because our president feels that winning this war is so paramount. Our Congress has watered down our civil rights laws. We have jailed American citizens with no access to legal counsel. And our President even believes it is worth lying to the American people in order to wage this so-important battle. All this because we are a nation at war and nothing will be permitted to stand in the way of this life-and-death struggle.

But when a senior aide to the President of the United States endangers the life of an undercover CIA agent, her colleagues and contacts around the world - when he chooses to put at risk our entire effort to uncover weapons of mass destruction before they are used to kill millions in an American city - what response do we get from the Bush White House and the Republican Party? A defensive (offensive) shrug.

The Republican party's gift to the American people, and the Bush administration's legacy, will be the normalization of treason. They are trying to convince Americans that betraying our country during wartime for personal gain is no more serious than running a stop sign or going 60 in a 55 zone.

If a senior aide to the president had intentionally outed an American undercover agent during World War II, an agent whose work was central to our mission of defeating the Germans, that aide would very likely be put to death. While no one is yet arguing that Karl Rove be executed, it is the height of hypocrisy and hubris for the Republican party to attempt to minimize a crime that not only puts our troops at risk, but risks the lives of every American man, woman and child.

It is truly a sad day when the Republican party minimizes treason in a selfish attempt to defend a traitor. President Bush has yet to give a clear explanation as to why 2,000 Americans have given their lives in Iraq. But one thing is for sure. It wasn't to defend our right to treason.


Response

A lot of the national blogs are examining this issue pretty closely but I feel here in Kentucky, we're going through it on a much more personal level because our own state scandal mirrors what's going in Washington. The same typical arrogant corruption that shows absolute disregard for the citizens. At least when the Democrats were in power, they had they knew how to work the crowd. They new how to talk to people. The Republicans show absolute contempt for even the idealistic side of Democrats, which is to say the working men and women and their well being. And I thought we lived in a utilitarian society.


posted by Stithmeister @ 9:24 PM
 
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At 4:41 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
This is part and parcel of one of those "elephant in the room" things that everybody knows but no one speaks about: Bush & Co., the Republican leadership, calls it a war, insists it's a war, hammers through what they want on 'wartime necessity'..........

but they don't consider it a war.

The whole Iraq adventure isn't big enough. It's not important to them. It's all volunteer, not them or their kids. Homeland Defense can be left ignored because they don't figure the furriners are capable of doing anything. Tax increases and sacrifices won't be applied, cause it's unpopular, and it's not a war or something where Americans would sacrifice.

Elephant in the room (and yeah, coincidence that's the GOP symbol): REpublicans talk it as a war, when it's convenient, but to them it's a sideline to the one true war - getting and keeping the maximum of power.
 

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