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John Gibson: Rove should get a medal

Reported by Chrish - July 13, 2005

John Gibson's My Word segment on Tuesday 7/12/05 really got my attention when he began with "I say give Karl Rove a medal, even if Bush has to fire him."

Here's the rant:

Why? Because Valerie Plame should have been outed by somebody. And nobody else had the cojones to do it, I'm glad Rove did, if he did do it, and he still says he didn't.

Why should she have been outed? Well, despite her husband's repeated denials, even in the face of a pile of evidence and conclusions from a joint investigation of Congress, (R5) it appears all evidence points to Joe Wilson's wife, spy Valerie Plame, as the one who recommended him for the job of going to Niger to discover if Saddam was trying to buy nuke bomb materials (R3).

Why is this important? Because Wilson was opposed to the war in Iraq, opposed Bush policy, and pointedly and loudly said so.

Consequently, it was of some interest how he got chosen for this sensitive job which people at the time might have thought would be a fulcrum point for a decision about the war.

You wouldn't send a peacenik to see if we should go to war, if we need to go to war, now would you? That's exactly what happened, as they say in the news biz, inquiring minds now want to know how the heck did this happen? Well, it turns out little wifey did it.

She touted husband Joe, her CIA bosses bit, and off Wilson went to completely knock down any notion that Saddam wanted Niger's nuke bomb making stuff, which is called yellow cake. Problem is, the report of the Select Committee on Intelligence says the information showed no such thing. That, in fact, it was still a bit of a mystery and Saddam could well have been trying to buy the nuke bomb material.

So why should Rove get a medal?

Let's just assume that spy Valerie Plame knew her husband's attitudes about the war in Iraq - she was married to him - and sending him off to Niger could be regarded as an attempt to influence national policies. Where I come from, we want to know who that is. We do not want secret spymasters pulling the puppet strings in the background. That is something that should be out in the open and the person doing it should be identified and should own up to it.

So, Rove should get a medal — even if he did do what he says he didn't do.

Comment: This whole administration is run by secret puppet masters pulling strings in the background, John. Corporations and huge industries own the government now, and everyone knows Bush is just the ultimate front-man.

Notes: This is something I haven't done before; I compared the transcript posted on FoxNews.com with what he actually said, reading along. The discrepancies are interesting:

website: conclusions from a Senate investigation
actual: conclusions from a joint investigation of Congress

website: Well, turns out the wife did it.
actual: Well, it turns out little wifey did it.

website: Let's just assume that spy Valerie Plame knew her husband's attitudes about the war in Iraq and George W. Bush's policies. Sending him off to Niger could be regarded as an attempt to influence national policies.
actual: Let's just assume that spy Valerie Plame knew her husband's attitudes about the war in Iraq - she was married to him - and sending him off to Niger could be regarded as an attempt to influence national policies.

website: That is something that should be out in the open and the person doing it should own up to it.
actual: That is something that should be out in the open and the person doing it should be identified and should own up to it.

website: Rove should get a medal — if he did what he says he didn't.
actual: Rove should get a medal — even if he did do what he says he didn't do.

Hey, maybe a few more cases of loose lips and Gibson will get fired - no medal.

For the time being we'll make do by putting him in the dog house and sending him a present.

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