Saturday, April 22, 2006

No elections this year? Karl Rove's new job.

Initially when the news came out this week that Karl Rove was having domestic policy role taken away, some thought that he was being demoted. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course. It's pretty clear now that he needs all his attention focused on saving the GOP majority in Congress. Just imagine what might happen if the Democrats took control of one, or both, Houses of Congress.

Suddenly there might be all kinds of investigations into domestic spying, military tribunals, extraordinary renditions, WMD lies, Halliburton no-bid contracts, Katrina failures, pre-9/11warnings ignored, Jack Abramoff, K-Street, Enron...well, you get the idea, the list is endless. There's no amount of trouble the administration could be in, especially after all these years the of the Democrats being shut out of drafting legislation and being made to vote on something they had no hand in and never saw. Payback could be real hell, so Republicans are desperately hoping Rove can pull them out of this mess, before it's too late.

That's provided, of course, that he doesn't get indicted before the elections. In that case, we might have to drop a nuke on Tehran to get everyone's minds off the fact that even though he's been indicted he's still working at the White House. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to think that even if we were behind bars, he'd still be running the show at the White House.

Along with all the other problems the administration is having there's yet another revelation coming about the evidence of Iraq's WMD, or lack thereof. The NYT reports today that another former CIA official, Tyler Drumheller, is going to tell 60 Minutes this Sunday that Bush and Cheney knew that Iraq had no WMD in September of 2002. Drumheller says that a paid informant in Saddam's inner circle, Foreign Minister Naji Sabri, told the CIA in September of 2002 that Iraq had no WMD.

He says he thought that must mean the war was off, but he was surprised to find out shortly afterwards that it wasn't. Drumheller recalled, "And we said, 'Well, what about the intel?' And they said, 'Well, this isn't about intel anymore. This is about regime change." [NYT]

So the whole time that W., Condi and Rummy were scaring the world with visions of mushroom clouds and Colin Powell was telling tales of robot planes loaded with anthrax and mobile chemical weapons labs, they knew that it was all bogus. They knew they couldn't sell regime change, because W. had run on a 'no nation building' platform, and besides, the American people would never go to war to help Iraqis, so their only option was WMD.

Just imagine what the Democrats could do with that little tidbit of info if they were in control of Congress. Actually, come to think of it, with all this at stake, Rove just might decide that elections are too much of a risk and cancel them.


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