April 6, 2006
My friend Greg said he's having impeachment fantasies, and so am I!
Yah, ya bastard, we gotcha!
It is hearsay, but it could still have an effect on everyone in the White House. If Libby is telling the truth, then all the other staff members can safely assume that the White House will let them take the fall too if they get caught covering up Bush & Cheney's dirty deeds. And if Libby is lying (unlikely, since he would have lied earlier), the Bushes and Cheneys will have to stop enlisting lackeys to participate in their underhandedness, because some of them might be more treacherous than Libby.
Blackmail is a lot trickier when EVERYONE has something to hide...
Here's another thought. Maybe Libby is telling the truth, but Cheney lied to him about Bush. I wonder how Bush would react, in that case...
Oh, no doubt that, if it's true, it will have an effect.
It's clear that Libby doesn't trust Bush to have the political power to protect him. He's probably not the only one who feels that way.
Who wants to be hung out to dry?
Cat fight in the Oval Office?
I think it basically comes down to Cheney. He has to decide who to hang out to dry. He either says Libby is lying or he gives up Dubya. It's not likely that he'll take the fall himself.
Will the White House simply argue that authorization from the president is enough to bypass whatever protocol is established for declassification?
"whoever is found to have leaked this information will no longer be a part of this administration" !
"Well, unless it was me, of course!"
Yes, that statement was the ultimate in projection.
The following is a collection of definitions of projection from orthodox psychology texts. In this system the distinct mechanism of projecting own unconscious or undesirable characteristics onto an opponent is called Freudian Projection.
"A defense mechanism in which the individual attributes to other people impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept. It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits."
"Attributing one's own undesirable traits to other people or agencies, e.g., an aggressive man accuses other people of being hostile."