Apr 8, 2006

Worse Than Watergate:

The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush author and convicted Nixon Administration felon, John Dean, has some interesting thoughts and choice words to learn from today...

"At a minimum, the filing indicates that the President and Vice President departed radically, and disturbingly, from long-set procedures with respect to classified documents - and that the Vice President, in particular, exceeded his declassification authority. And it may indicate that they, too, ought to be targets of the grand jury."
"Even if Bush and Cheney both get away clean of criminal charges, or even the suggestion of criminal conduct, this is still devastating for the Administration. Illegal or not, the President and Vice-President's actions, as recounted by Libby, are ugly in the extreme."
"After all, Fitzgerald's filings indicate that, at a bare minimum, these highest of officials played fast and loose with declassification rules as part of a scheme to take an uncalled-for revenge against a critic who dared to question an Iraqi war justification. Even more damning, is that the critic turned out to be right: Weapons of mass destruction have never surfaced, no uranium was sold by Niger to Iraq, and the Administration's call to arms was bogus."
"There will be more devastating revelations from the Libby case, I am certain. I have written of this matter in the past, and anticipate writing more in the future. The Commander-in-Chief-can-do-no-wrong veneer is wearing off, thankfully. For a nation that cannot hold its commander-in-chief responsible is something other than a democracy." [more]

Sharp guy. Too bad he went to the dark side. :(

Nice article, and welcome back into the light, Mr. Dean.

9 Comments:

Anonymous e said...

It is worse than watergate but interesting new thought on firedoglake..
Who will be Lieberman's Harry Taylor at the town meeting this weekend..
and if he was the one democrat that met with the POTUS on these latest on Iran..

6:42 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Yes, wonderul article. And Dean would have an understanding about the Administration since he was in the Nixon era. He has a keen knowledge of what the Gerbil is doing and what tactics that he will use. Dean know that the Gerbil is using the same strategy as Nixon did. but, this is a different era but same 1972 mentality from the Gerbil Administration. The year 2000-2008 Presidency will go down in history as "Gerbilgate."

7:15 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Oh I remember it well. This might sound silly but while Mr. Dean was testifying all I could remember was his wife sitting behind him and how beautiful she was. Now as for Mr. Deans comments well he should know. I told you before most of the current memebers of the Bush squad were student of the Nixon Administration. Cheney even had hair.

10:25 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

You would think these guys would have learned something from their previous mistakes but apparently they didn't. Well, I bet they don't forget this time around!

11:48 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Jackie..amazing that these clowns haven't learned anything. I, too, can remember watching all the hearings faithfully. It was John Dean that started the process of getting Nixon out of the WH. There can be few people out there with the same view of the despicable things this administration has done. They make
me very ashamed. I still believe
PJF and staff were well aware of the VP/pres involvement in this all along, but were building this case with the utmost caution and precision. I don't think the Special Prosecutor would have been given the latitude to continue his
investigation without sold proof of this wrong-doing at the highest level. The Christian Wrong sure got a bunch of lulus with these guys. How's Peaches?

6:39 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Hi Grandmanuk you remember those days too. I put a message on the blog that says Hoodwinked its the last one printed. Well I've told Peaches about you and everyone on the blog. She's glad I have friends to talk too. She said hi and she's well. The country she said has sand everywhere. But its like to countries one US one Afgan. She's in a safe area I'll keep you up to date as she e-mails me. Thank you for just being you. I get a little emotional when I even think about Peach so if I write a little strange its because I'm scared.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous waterflake said...

John F(itzgerald) Kennedy:

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

11:20 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

waterflake....well done. I started being interested in politics with John Kennedy. He was so amazing to watch; clever, witty and precise. We've come a long way! I find it hard to imagine that many young people would find much in this administration to admire.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous waterflake said...

Grandmanuk,

Thank you, Kennedy is a bit before my time of memory (uh no not the Libby excuse-just the age ;-)

but I love reading and I think there's a lot to learn when one is willing to listen and reflect on past events.

That's why I'm appaled what the world has come to, shouldn't we develope instead of blasting ourselfs back to the dark ages?

5:31 PM  

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