Running Out the Clock on the Ticking Time
December 8, 2005
By Mollie Bradley-Martin
Scandal fatigue may have already set in. With Scooter Libby, David
Safavian, Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, Larry Franklin, Michael Scanlon
and Jack Abramoff all either on trial, heading to trial, or cutting
deals in order to shorten their stay in the pokey, it's hard to
imagine that there is still corruption yet unearthed.
Ongoing investigations by Congress, the FBI, CIA, Federal Prosecutors
and the Justice Department are looking into Bill Frist, Karl Rove,
Stephen Hadley, David Wurmser, Denny Hastert, Tom Noe, Bob Ney...
the list seems endless. With so many sleazy players, it's hard to
know where to focus attention.
The lack of accountability in Washington DC is staggering, and
Congress's refusal to carry out, much less complete an investigation
into the deceptions and crimes of the Bush administration may result
in his term being up long before articles of impeachment are ever
It seems that Congress is suffering from scandal fatigue as well,
and they were already tired from all of the effort expended in covering
their own butts. The disease-ridden leviathan that is the Bush administration
may simply be too big a beast for 100 Senators and 435 Representatives
to slay without running out of steam.
Cenk Uygur wrote Tuesday at The Huffington Post that there is
ticking time bomb inside the White House" and the forced
resignation of Douglas Feith in January may be the fuse. Feith resigned
because "he wanted to spend more time with his family,"
but he left his office just after it was revealed that the FBI was
investigating his subordinate, Lawrence Franklin, for espionage.
Feith had already been caught setting up meetings for Lawrence
Franklin with Italian intelligence director Nicolo Pollari and Manucher Ghorbanifar
(the upstanding global citizen who helped set up the arms-for-hostages
deal that sparked the Iran-Contra scandal). Only the principals
and the flies on the wall know what was cooked
up during those meetings but the forged Niger documents suddenly
solved all of the problems most likely discussed amongst this motley
There seems to be a nexus between Special Council Patrick Fitzgerald's
investigation into the CIA leak and Lawrence Franklin who is currently
being prosecuted on an espionage charge, resulting from his passing
of classified documents to the American Israel Political Action
Committee (AIPAC). Franklin left the White House a mere day before
he was arrested in hopes of limiting the bad press for Bush and
Company. Only in the bizarro world in which we now live would this
actually work, but there has been little attention paid to the Franklin
case outside the lefty blogosphere.
These two investigations come together in Italy, with the emergence
of the forged Niger documents. Patrick Fitzgerald has shown interest
in the forged documents and how they relate to the retaliatory outing
of covert operative Valerie Plame, and Franklin is known to have
met with intelligence agents in Italy where the documents first
surfaced. Curious indeed!
The other connection between the two investigations comes with
the prosecutors themselves. Larry Franklin is being prosecuted by
Paul McNulty, who was nominated by Bush mere weeks ago to serve
as the number two man at the Justice Department. This is not only
the carrot on the stick enticing McNulty to make a deal with Franklin,
thereby limiting the damage of an espionage conviction of White
House staff, but it also has the added benefit of installing McNulty
as Fitzgeralds's boss. It's amazing how this administration is able
to land on its feet at every turn.
The clock is ticking and again the salvation of our democracy
seems to rest on the shoulders of our superhero prosecutor Patrick
Fitzgerald. If he can prove (as it is certain he has already figured
out) the origins of the forged documents and can unravel the neo-con
conspiracy that drove American forces into Iraq before Paul McNulty
can be confirmed by the Senate and installed as his new boss, we
may actually see the end of the Bush administration before the 2008
Doug Feith is the fuse and with the
help of the FBI, Fitzgerald may be able to strike the match
and blow this whole criminal regime out of our White House.
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