(here's something to consider. i'm not defending ommander bunnypants, but this has a ring of truth to it -- brook)
I've never seen a post about something everyone is talking about sink so fast!This is a very interesting premise: Bush really didn't know squat, and Cheney is the actual leaker. Something is serious wrong with the current 'official story.'-----A Couple o' Random Thoughts Regarding Leaky Libby:Anonymous Liberal over at Glenn Greenwald's place is right: something doesn't add up here. Here's the exact quote from the court document filed by Patric Fitzgerald: 'Defendant's participation in a critical conversation with Judith Miller on July 8...occurred only after the Vice President advised that the President specifically had authorized defendant to disclose certain information in the NIE.' So Libby never heard it from Bush, only that Cheney said that Bush said so.Now here's Cheney back in February, talking about shooting faces and leaked secrets with Fox 'News' host Brit Hume: 'There is an executive order that specifies who has classification authority, and obviously focuses first and foremost on the President, but also includes the Vice President.' This was in response to Hume asking Cheney if he had ever declassified material 'unilaterally.'
So Cheney was asserting that he had the power to classify and declassify material without the President's 'okay.' By the way, the executive order itself says that the Vice President may do the classification voodoo dance 'in the performance of executive duties.' In other words, Cheney's own words imply that he could have given Libby the go-ahead without Bush's approval and remained in the realm of 'legal' (especially considering that the White House is asserting that the President can't really 'leak' anything, an absurdist defense discussed below). Perhaps someone can connect these magical dots.
The Rude Pundit believes this at the bottom: Cheney's a lying piece of shit and the President is a rube and an idiot of titanic proportions (fuck all those people who say, 'No, he's really not that dumb'). Either Cheney outright lied to Libby about Bush giving the thumbs-up or the conversation went something like this: Dick Cheney slithered into the Oval Office and said, 'George, listen, there's some shit I'm gonna get Scooter to do. You don't give a happy ratfuck, right?' And the President said it was fine, whatever, lemme play more Madden. So Bush 'knew' in the sense that he was told, but 'knowing' and 'Bush-knowing' is a little like the difference between telling your husband you love him while lying in bed awake together or while he's in a coma."