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Loyalty vs. National Security

Before Bush changes the subject with his announcement of his choice for Supreme Court Justice, I want to add to the president’s luster by demonstrating his honor and integrity, his concern for law and order, and how steadfastly he fights the war on terror. Bush proclaimed that any criminal in his administration would be fired. Bravo!

Here is his statement:

"I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts, and if someone committed a crime they will no longer work in my administration."

I guess he really means this. He has said something similar 2 years ago. However, then he said he would get rid of anyone in his adminstration that was involved in the so-called leak. You see, he does not want to prejudge anyone. He can't fire anyone merely for leaking, although he has often said he will not tolerate leakers. He will fire people only if they are proven criminals.

There is a practical matter here. Criminals go to jail. How could a high government official work from jail?

So Bush wants to know the facts. When did he start feeling this way? When the "outing" of Valerie Plame occurred? When Fitzgerald's investigation started? At that time, was the purpose of Bush hiring a lawyer to get the facts? Since then was he working silently to get the facts?

But I'm wondering. Does Bush expect me to believe that as president and boss of Rove and Libby, the 2 leakers, he had no idea what was going on for 2 long years? Are there Republicans around that are gullible enough to believe this?

Republican commenters on this blog say the Democrats were just as bad. Look at what Clinton did, they insist? What sort of excuse is this? I don't agree with them. But let's assume they are correct. Do we then draw the conclusion that this is a decent, honest and good administration? Ridiculous!

President Bush does not want to fire Karl Rove under any circumstances. Without Rove telling him what to do Bush would be lost. Bush relishes the fact that Rove got him elected several times, despite - and maybe because - Rove is a scoundrel. The blogger Bull Moose demonstrates the irony of the situation when he says:

"Poor old innocent Karl is the victim of vicious lies, innuendo, rumors and gossip."

Yes, Bush is loyal to his officials. Bush has already demonstrated that loyalty is more important than national security.

Posted by Paul Siegel at July 19, 2005 5:50 PM