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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

“Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide was among the sources for a Time magazine reporter's story about the identity of a CIA officer, the reporter said Sunday.
Until last week, the White House had insisted for nearly two years that vice presidential chief of staff Lewis Libby and presidential adviser Karl Rove were not involved in the leaks of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity.”
-Associated Press, July 18, 2005

“Oops. I guess that they were mistaken on BOTH of them, not just Rove. Huh. I wonder what the odds were of that happening?”

"'The information exonerates and vindicates, it does not implicate' Rove, Republican Party chairman Ken Mehlman said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'Folks involved in this, frankly, owe Karl Rove an apology.''
-Associated Press, July 18, 2005


"Part of the Republican defense, as expressed by Mehlman on NBC, is that Rove didn't know Plame's name or that she was a covert operative. Mehlman cited a New York Times report that, in his words, "says Karl Rove was not Bob Novak's source, that Novak told Rove, not the other way around . . . This information at least came to Mr. Rove from journalists, not from a classified source."
But the article said that when syndicated columnist Robert Novak, who was the first to report Plame's name and CIA job in July 2003, mentioned her, Rove replied he had 'heard that too,' indicating Rove had already obtained the information elsewhere."
-Washington Post, July 18, 2005

"Now as you may (or may not) remember, this scandal first showed its head when ambassador Wilson called bullsh*t on the administration’s claim that Iraq was setting up deals to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger. In other words, the entire scandal (disclosing an undercover CIA agent) was due to ANOTHER lie about the yellowcake. They lied about the yellowcake, then illegally exposed a CIA agent, then lied about that. So, how is that war that this all led to going? You know, the one that was to prevent the spread of WMDs and where we would be met by people throwing flowers?"

"Even in Iraq, where shocking killings have become part of daily life, some acts are so profoundly violent that the country seems to pause, trying to fathom what happened. That was the case on Sunday, after a suicide bomber appeared in Musayyib, a poor town just south of Baghdad, and blew himself up under a fuel tanker on Saturday night, igniting a fireball that engulfed cars, shops and homes. At least 71 people died; 156 were wounded."
-New York Times, July 17, 2005


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