Sunday, October 02, 2005

A simple question
In their summary of the current state of the Plame case, the Washington Post has this paragraph:
In October 2003, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that he personally asked Libby and Rove whether they were involved, "so I could come back to you and say they were not involved." Asked if that was a categorical denial of their involvement, he said, "That is correct."

We now know for a fact that both Libby and Rove were involved. Tomorrow, during the press gaggle, I want someone to ask McClellan to his face, "were you lying to us when you said that or did they lie to you?"

It doesn't matter that we all know that it wasn't that simple. It wasn't a matter of one person or another lying and everyone else being fooled by their duplicity. We all know that lying to the American people about this issue was a premeditated policy and everyone, from Bush down to Bob, the guy in the mailroom, had their talking points and was involved in the deception. McClellan's answer doesn't matter. He'll probably say something about not commenting on an ongoing investigation, how the president is determined to get to the bottom of this, they are busy keeping America safe from evil terrorists, and they all love puppies. He'll then repeat it sixteen times. None of that is important.

What is important is to get on the record, in simple terms, "you lied to us."

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