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Karl Rove Blames Obama Administration Lawyers “Who Do Not Love America” For Bush Administration’s Failure To Prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

Reported by Ellen - November 14, 2009 -

I don’t know about you but when it comes to matters of terrorism and national security, Karl Rove is not exactly at the top of my list of credible experts. Political experts, maybe, certainly experts on dirty tricks, but it’s hard to forget that this is the same guy who played a role in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame and who served as the right-hand man of the Bush administration which, despite their posturing about national security, ignored the President’s Daily Brief of August 6, 2001, titled “Bin Laden determined to strike in US” and started a war in Iraq based on faulty evidence. It’s also the same administration that lost New Orleans to Katrina. So why on earth would Fox News put on Karl Rove as the first guest on the O’Reilly Factor last night (11/13/09) to discuss the Obama administration’s decision to try five Guantanamo Bay detainees in federal court in New York City, if not to make political hay? Furthermore, as Rove himself as good as admitted, the Bush administration’s “harsh interrogations” torture of their prisoners is bound to be an issue at trial. Not that Bill O’Reilly brought that up. But he did have a stellar moment when he confronted Rove about the Bush administration’s failure to try supposed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed when they had the chance. Rove, classy guy that he is, blamed it all on liberal lawyers who are now in the Obama administration “who do not love America, who want to undermine our cause in the global war on terror and who will oppose the military tribunals.” Never mind that Attorney General Eric Holder also announced yesterday that five other detainees will be tried by military commission. O’Reilly missed that, too. With video.

Predictably, O’Reilly was in a lather over the decision to hold the trials in New York. But I’ll give him credit for putting on a fair number of people with other opinions, including two Democrats and Geraldo Rivera. Then, about 2/3 of the way through the discussion with Rove, O’Reilly said, “President Bush had 2 years where Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was in Guantanamo Bay and he could have gotten, I think, you guys could have gotten a case before a military tribunal and taken care of this. Instead, you allowed it to drift on and now the Obama people are in charge and here’s what they’re doing. I think you guys should have nailed it down when you had the chance.”

Instead of taking even an iota of responsibility, Rove said, “Even military tribunals are subject to outside pressures. And a lot of outside pressures were put by lawyers who were recruited by Holder to serve inside this Justice Department… This is a continuation of a long-standing plot by a bunch of left-wing lawyers who do not love America, who want to undermine our cause in the global war on terror and who will oppose the military tribunals…”

O’Reilly sounded dubious. “They blocked you? These lawyers blocked you?”

“Oh, absolutely… Where do you think we ended up in the Supreme Court with this nutty decision on Hamdan, Osama Bin Laden’s driver? Because of outside lawyers pressuring the system.”

Perhaps Rove was just worried what unpleasant information might come out about him and the Bush administration in the upcoming trial. In a telling comment, he complained to O'Reilly, “Sources and methods of American intelligence are going to be disclosed in public court. These defenders, their lawyers are going to seek every opportunity to share the secrets of how they were captured, what they know, what they have communicated to their captors and the ways in which those information (sic) was extracted (my emphasis). They’re gonna share those publicly.”

Why do so many conservatives think they look like America lovers when they consistently smear that large portion of their fellow citizens who are Democrats and/or liberals? My own theory is that it’s a reflection of their own hatred that they deflect by projecting it on others. Whatever the reason, it’s outrageous and I think every Democrat ought to demand an apology every time someone does something like this. So here’s what is probably Karl Rove’s email at Fox News. Go ahead and let him know just what you think of his brand of patriotism and service to his country. Oh, that's right, Rove didn't serve. In addition to his role in the Valerie Plame affair, there's his involvement in the political firings of eight U.S. Attorneys, the smears against Senators Max Cleland and John McCain. And let’s not forget Governor Don Siegelman. Feel free to add your own. Yeah, Rove is a real patriot alright, just so long as the national interests coincide with his own.

karl.rove@foxnews.com