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Four Color Politics

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

Friday, July 06, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Tricky Dicks

“Everything old is new again.. All of the stories of 35 years ago have returned. We have an unpopular president in the White House…”

“In a remarkable span, the approval that people voice for the job Bush is doing has sunk to record lows for his presidency in the AP-Ipsos and other polls in recent weeks, dipping within sight of President Nixon's levels during Watergate.”
-Washington Post, July 4, 2007

“..an unpopular war…”

“Substituting the word ‘Iraq’ for ‘Vietnam’ in the text of a declassified 1967 CIA memo shows ‘eerie parallels’ between the two conflicts.
Former senior U.S. national security official Kurt Campbell and an associate at the centrist Washington think tank where he now works, the Center for a New American Security, have penned a piece for the new issue of Foreign Policy magazine.
The Sept. 11, 1967, memo -- titled ‘Implications of an Unfavorable Outcome in Vietnam’ -- was requested by CIA Director Richard Helms and ‘detailed a lengthy list of potential dark outcomes and worrisome prospects’ of U.S. failure in Vietnam, says the article. “
-UPI, June 26, 2007

“..obstruction of justice..”

“Former White House aide I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby cannot delay his 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled Monday.
The decision is a dramatic setback for Libby, who likely will have to surrender to prison in weeks. The ruling puts pressure on President Bush, who has been sidestepping calls by Libby's allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Libby was convicted in March of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. He is the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.
The decision leaves Libby with few legal options, the most likely being an appeal to Chief Justice John Roberts. Barring an intervention there, it seems only Bush could spare Libby prison time.”
-Associated Press, July 2, 2007

“I have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life I have never obstructed justice. People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got."
-Richard M. Nixon, November 18, 1973

“On Saturday, July 27, the House Judiciary Committee approved its first article of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruction of justice. Six of the Committee's 17 Republicans joined all 21 Democrats in voting for the article. The following Monday the Committee approved its second article charging Nixon with abuse of power. The next day, the third and final article, contempt of Congress, was approved.”

“..and other minor similarities..”

“Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal.”
-Richard M. Nixon, interview with David Frost, May 19, 1977

“..but now the new election year is coming, so we have a chance to change the storyline and pick a new direction..”

“The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight -- asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system -- he telephoned Nixon's lawyer.
Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the information public. In his all-but-forgotten Watergate memoir, ‘At That Point in Time,’ Thompson said he acted with ‘no authority’ in divulging the committee's knowledge of the tapes, which provided the evidence that led to Nixon's resignation. It was one of many Thompson leaks to the Nixon team, according to a former investigator for Democrats on the committee, Scott Armstrong , who remains upset at Thompson's actions.
‘Thompson was a mole for the White House,’ Armstrong said in an interview. ‘Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was.’"
-Boston Globe, July 4, 2007

“..if we can find one.”


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