Bombshell: Web of lies disintegrates as Cheney is fingered

How could such a cute guy be such a prick?

This article in the NYT is rich with implications; the great Steve Clemons explains why. There’s no way out; it looks more and more like Watergate each day. The implosion continues. “Get your popcorn ready.”

Update: Sorry about the image of Cheney being fingered.

The Discussion: 32 Comments

Love Clemon’s piece. It all fits…

Wouldn’t it be an extra bonus to see Bolton go down?

Er, I mean, get indicted and have to resign.

October 24, 2005 @ 11:33 pm | Comment

I’ll settle for Rove, but Cheney and Bolton would be a great bonus.

Again, what it’s really all about is so much wider and more important than who leaked Plame’s information. This investigation could lead to a full exposure of how we were lied to, even to thepoinbt of documents being forged simply to make Joe Wilson look like a liar. The Cheney cabal makes the Plumbers look like Amateur Hour (which they were). Fitzgerald won’t let them get away with it. Even those well to the right swear by him.

October 24, 2005 @ 11:40 pm | Comment

Well, apparently Fitzgerald has asked for docs relating to the Niger forgeries as well…wouldn’t it be wild if he’s going after the whole corrupt lot of them?

Dang, I want to believe…I really do.

October 24, 2005 @ 11:46 pm | Comment

When you guys (and gals) are prepared to cut the Bush administration at least as much slack as you’re willing to give Chairman Mao, then I might start paying attention to what you have to say …

October 25, 2005 @ 12:09 am | Comment

Hello, FS9, when have I fucking EVER cut Mao some slack? Give me a break.

October 25, 2005 @ 12:17 am | Comment

What’s with the bogus comparison with Moo? He was evil, but is dead. Bush/Cheney are still with us and are dangerous to this country. It is hard telling what these guys might do to try to escape any fingers being pointed at them or far worse if culpable. The difference is Bush/Cheney are capable to doing more evil and harm whereas Moo can’t.

October 25, 2005 @ 12:21 am | Comment

Jesus god, that is just too much. What, are you saying, we should hold Bush and company to the same standards we hold Mao? Not aiming very high, are you?

The whole Wilson/Plame case was about their fear of exposure, the fear that their lies about Iraq would come to light. They lied us into a war. People died because of their lies. 2,000 American soldiers, dead. Tens of thousands wounded. 30,000 plus Iraqi civilians, dead. There’s a quote about the Opium War in the back of my mind – okay, here it is…

“Justice, in my opinion,” said William Gladstone, then a member of the Tory opposition, ” is with them; and whilst they, the Pagans, the semi-civilized barbarians, have it on their side, we, the enlightened and civilized Christians, are pursuing objects at variance both with justice and with religion…a war more unjust in its origin, a war calculated in its progress to cover this country with a permanent disgrace, I do not know and I have not read of.”

October 25, 2005 @ 12:25 am | Comment

FSN9, I’m the one who says Mao is just about as bad as Hitler, and most of the readers here seem to agree. What are you talking about?

Try telling the mothers and fathers of the kids who marched to an engineered war based on BS that they should now cut Bush and Cheney some slack. See what they say. I’ll cut them as much slack as you and Conrad have cut for Bill Clinton, whose crime was negligible compared to what Cheney and his Merry Men have done.

October 25, 2005 @ 12:32 am | Comment

From Richard: Sorry Madge, but I do indeed have to delete. I disagree with FSN9, too, but there’s no need for language like that, and besides, I have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to comments from you so I have zero choice but to zap it before you start spamming my blog again. Thanks anyway.

October 25, 2005 @ 12:58 am | Comment

F*ck the lot of you – especially you Filthy!

You know what I love about this site? No one ever jumps to conclusions around here and just starts calling peoples names.

Sarcasm, people. Richard, you should keep that last comment up just so people remember how ugly it looks when someone jumps on someone else before giving them the opportunity to clarify their position. I think we’ve all been guilty of this sin, though not with such fireworks.

October 25, 2005 @ 1:16 am | Comment

I used to be wayyy more tolerant and peaceable and “why can’t we all get along?” and looking for common ground and all…but when somebody accuses me of cutting Mao more slack than I cut Bush – sorry. That is just b.s.

Forgive me for holding the leaders of my own supposedly democratic country to a higher standard. And forgive me for celebrating when it appears that the democratic process is opening up a can of whup-ass on this ‘neo-con cabal.’

October 25, 2005 @ 1:22 am | Comment

No, I’m not willing to let you comment here. i made the mistake of letting you do so in the past, and ended up paying a heavy price. Lots of other blogs out there.


October 25, 2005 @ 1:30 am | Comment

MAJ, I’m not going to comment any further than this:

First, you opened with “f**k the lot of you”. That means everybody. Stop.

Second, you’re still calling people names, which hinders any dialogue. I would think of ALL the people to comment on THIS site, you might be able to put yourself in the shoes of someone who was called names – whether they’re deserved or not, if I want to see people getting in verbal fist fights over stupid s**t, I’ll go back to teaching high school.

October 25, 2005 @ 1:41 am | Comment

Madge, your comments are not permitted. You have abused this forum in the past and you have promised multiple times not to come back here, yet somehow you always end up finding an excuse to comment. Please, once again, go away.

October 25, 2005 @ 1:47 am | Comment

Sarcasm, MAJ. You need to work on that.

October 25, 2005 @ 2:14 am | Comment

As far as I’m concerned there is a thin line, and when any leader crosses that line then I largely stop counting who is worse or who killed how many people unless somebody else picks a fight over it.

Bush and Mao both crossed that line long ago, Mao teatered on the line between leader and monster, but he finally crossed it in Changchun, the Bush admnistration teatered for a while, and finally crossed it when it faked the threat from Iraq and invaded.

Down with th both of them.

October 25, 2005 @ 3:01 am | Comment

Is he STILL posting here?!?!?!

October 25, 2005 @ 5:07 am | Comment

By the way MADGE: Why don’t you have any pictures of you with your ‘fiancee’? Does she charge too much for it?

October 25, 2005 @ 5:11 am | Comment

Haiku With Three Initials:

I was bored today.
So I harassed Richard’s site.
I am a psycho.

Could not find my porn.
Landlord took it from my bed.
How can I jack off?

Go to Richard’s site.
Curse at everyone, and then
Fantasise: “I’m loved”

Who needs medicine?
I calm myself down this way,
Stalking Peking Duck.

Mark Anthony Jones,
He will not be mentioned here,
But he is psycho.

Cyberspace, 2005

(Richard, I will understand if you delete this. But I just couldn’t resist….I mean, some people INVITE abuse…….)

October 25, 2005 @ 7:11 am | Comment

PS, also, as a legal matter, about my prior comment:

Richard unequivocally ordered MAJ never to comment on this blog, ever again. When MAJ tried to comment again, it was harassment, at least under the criminal laws of the UK and the US.

Thus, if MAJ feels “defamed” here, the law bars him from making any complaint. It’s called “estoppel”, by the way.

October 25, 2005 @ 7:17 am | Comment

PPS, I think Madge should pay me for the legal advice I gave to him in my last comment. Madge, you can send $200 US via Western Union, to Richard, to pay your debt to me.

October 25, 2005 @ 7:20 am | Comment

Madge is a sick man. He will never go away. The best I can do is delete him as soon as possible. In the meantime, I apologize for his leaving his droppings on my comments.

October 25, 2005 @ 7:25 am | Comment


He will go away. Shit always blows away after it dries up in the sunlight.

October 25, 2005 @ 7:37 am | Comment

Madge’s shit, I’m afraid, is a patented new variety, impervious to nature.

October 25, 2005 @ 7:39 am | Comment

I just really hope they get Rove… I have this bad feeling he’s just too smart and has already squeaked his way out of harm…

October 25, 2005 @ 8:16 am | Comment


Alright, maybe “shit” is not the best metaphor here. I think “Parasite” is much more apt.

Richard, did you ever live with a cat?
You know I’m a great cat lover. And a wise old lady (who would have been called a “witch” in other times) taught me how to put garlic in my cats’ food, to keep the fleas away.

You see, if you put a BIT of garlic into a cat’s diet (and I think the same applies to ducks), then the smell gets into their bloodstream, and then when the fleas bite them, the fleas don’t like the taste, so they jump off and they don’t come back for a long time.

October 25, 2005 @ 8:38 am | Comment

God bless you, Colonel Larry Wilkerson.

The administration’s performance during its first four years would have been even worse without Powell’s damage control. At least once a week, it seemed, Powell trooped over to the Oval Office and cleaned all the dog poop off the carpet. He held a youthful, inexperienced president’s hand. He told him everything would be all right because he, the secretary of State, would fix it. And he did โ€” everything from a serious crisis with China when a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was struck by a Chinese F-8 fighter jet in April 2001, to the secretary’s constant reassurances to European leaders following the bitter breach in relations over the Iraq war. It wasn’t enough, of course, but it helped.

Check out the rest of his op-ed piece in today’s LA Times:

October 25, 2005 @ 9:05 am | Comment

I share Matt Waters’ apprehension, and worse. I think we best not get our hopes too high, no matter how badly we want some justice and accountability.

Personally, I would not be shocked if no one is indicted, due to legal challenges such as the difficulty in proving someone absolutely knew Plame was a covert agent at the moment they mentioned her name, or trying to prove whether someone was motivated by malice or just bad judgement. Some of these points may be very difficult to prove in a court of law.

Yes, like any good drama, the players are symbols of a far greater conflict, nothing less than the nation’s leaders deceiving the country into an invasion! But the law doesn’t care about the Big Drama, and despite the recent spate of leaks and speculations, we still don’t know all that much about who actually said what about whom and whether or not it was in some way actually illegal.

Of course, no matter what happens, at least enough has already taken place that some American van Winkles seem to be awakening from their drowsy slumbers, rubbing their eyes and starting to notice what has happened these last couple of years, how the Beacon of Freedom came to find itself struggling in an awful, intractable invasion nightmare, seperated from most of our traditional friends by a huge gulf of disgrace. Hey you Sleepers, awake already!

Also, it has been a great relief to see the American press, like a freshly re-animated zombie, struggling back to life.

So even if no indictments (much less convictions) follow, some good has already come of “Plamegate”. See, I’m just like those Republicans already testing their damage-control lines in case the worst comes to past. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, having said that … pass the popcorn! I want to see Cheney in chains! Rove in a tumbrel! Scooter scooted! ๐Ÿ™‚

October 25, 2005 @ 10:25 am | Comment

Thanks for that great Gladstone quote, Other Lisa. Unfortunately apropos.

October 25, 2005 @ 10:28 am | Comment

Is that what Cheney looks like while he’s being fingered? I always try to smile a little bit.

I’m all for holding the USG to a higher standard, but Niner and Slim have a point. Let’s get all the evidence, see what exactly the law is, and who did it to whom first.

Say, anything interesting happen in Iraq lately? *ahem*election*cough*

October 25, 2005 @ 9:18 pm | Comment

Obviously we all need to find out what Fitzgerald’s going to do before we get all euphoric. But I have to admit, after the Republicans’ orgy of glee for months before Starr issued his report, I feel it’s okay for us to express some satisfaction, at least over all the facts that have emerged in recent days about Cheney’s lies, Judy Miller’s practically being on the pentagon’s payroll, and the “Cheney cabal” that’s running America.

October 25, 2005 @ 9:55 pm | Comment

Who is this?…looks like Frankenstein slaughtering 2000 sons of American Mothers and fathers and with a glee in the teeth.

October 26, 2005 @ 10:45 pm | Comment

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