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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-24-05 07:27 PM
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Don't Tug on Superman's Cape
Don't Tug on Superman's Cape

by Jean Carnahan

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First, is the I-Didnt-Know-the-Gun-Was-Loaded defense. It goes like this: Sure, Valerie Plame worked for the CIA, but theres a lot of people pushing pencils around at the agency. How was I to know she was undercover? It wasnt like I deliberately leaked information to punish her hubby for being a scumbag.

Then, theres the Corpus Delicti defense. No body, no crime. It appears that Rove described Plame as the wife of Ambassador Wilson, but conveniently neglected to mouth her name when he spoke with reporter Matt Cooper. So, no name, no dame. If he did not speak her name or knowingly reveal her identity, then he can argue that there was no violation of the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

Theres also the,Small Technicality defense. How could Plame be undercover, when she was living in Washington, doing nothing more dangerous than dodging morning traffic to get to her desk at the Langley, Virginia, CIA office. Why, even G. Gordon Liddy, of Watergate fame, finds this a meritorious argument. Another small technicality defense centers around the spin that Wilsons trip to Niger, set up by his wife, was nothing more than a travel getaway spent poolside that produced no significant information.

Dont overlook the Innocent Bystander defense. This we all recognize from our school days: It wasnt me, teacher; it was him Under this scenario, Karl affirms that he was not the caller, but the callee, with Cooper having instigated the contact on a different topic. As the embodiment of innocence, Karl believes that tattling on the Wilsons was the morally correct thing to do, seeing as how the former Ambassador is an incompetent hack who refused to put his stamp of approval on a White House fabrication. For the doubters, Scotty has repeatedly affirmed Karls innocence and the presidents interest in finding the true perpetrator(s).

The favorite of the right-wing, however, is the Conspiracy Plot defense that goes like this: These charges are just leftist terrorist attacks by Hillary Clinton, MoveOn.org, and Al Franken, who are trying to distract the president from the task of finding Osama bin Laden or posting the Ten Commandments.

The Terry Schiavo defense is always a winner. I dont know how he will use this yet, but its just too good to leave out. Heres a possibility: It could be that Coopers story was just brain dead until Karl mercifully breathed some life into it with a dose of double super secret elixir that he cooked up just for the occasion.

Even with all these defenses, Super Karl may never fly quite as high again.
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samdogmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-24-05 07:31 PM
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1. Let's hope, let's hope...
This is a wonderful article. I love the premise. I hope it's true...
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-24-05 07:36 PM
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2. It's by Jean Carnahan
who was a US Senator for MO. Her husband was the gov who died in a plane crash while running for US Senate. But he still managed to beat Ashcroft in the election. Jean is awesome.
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samdogmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-24-05 07:55 PM
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4. Jean Carnahan is a hero! I agree!
Thank you, Jean!
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-24-05 07:39 PM
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3. Bingo. Nailed it.
This scandal ties the Downing Street Memos, the Plame affair, and others all together. Throughout 2002, when Bush had only two mantras - tax cuts for the rich and get Saddam Hussein (Osama? who??) - it was transparent to all except the true believers, the media and those who think gay marriage is a bigger issue, that this administration was run by madmen (sorry Condoleeza, you neocon bitch). Will the media finally fulfill their role in a free society? Keep the pressure on.
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