Karl’s In ChargeApril 24, 2007
Please forgive my semi-lame play on the title of an old ’80’s sitcom, but I’ll try my best to have it make sense. I wanted today’s entry to be all about everyone’s favorite Bush administration figure, Karl Rove, as he seems to have a hard time staying out of the news lately: Rove warns of threat of terrorism
In a question-and-answer period after his speech, Rove was asked whose idea it was to start a pre-emptive war.”
“I think it was Osama bin Laden’s,” Rove replied.
Someone on the Think Progress thread pretty much stated the response to this as I would have:
Actually Rove is right. Getting the US bogged down in a nasty guerrilla war in the heart of the Middle East is exactly what Bin Laden was after when he launched the 9/11 attack.
So the question becomes, why were Rove and the rest of the Bushies so eager to give Bin Laden what he wanted?
Comment by A Hermit — April 19, 2007 @ 3:15 pm
Now, it’s pretty easy to pick on Rove for silly comments like that, as it is just another example of the ridiculous spin that has come from this administration over the last 6 years. If you’re really interested on why I agree with A. Hermit’s post, check out this thread in the fearbush forums. My real reason for this post has to do with Rove’s involvement with this A.G. Gonzales fiasco (called by some as a non-scandal scandal). First, a few pertinent links:
- E-Mails Show Rove’s Role in U.S. Attorney Firings
- Rove E-Mail Sought by Congress May Be Missing
- White House: Millions of e-mails may be missing
- Gonzales’s testimony leaves senators frustrated
All this presents quite a few question marks, and an immediate impression that the administration may be covering something up here. Although that might be true, I’m not convinced that it means that they are covering up anything improper or illegal, per se. It has been noted by many that Bush is well within his right to fire attorneys at any time. So…. why?
As you might expect, I have a theory…
What Rove’s conveniently missing emails and Gonzales’s abysmal memory are hiding has less to do with the firing of U.S. attorneys, and more to do with Rove’s power in general. They’re covering up the uncomfortable revelation that Rove has been wielding more power and asserting more influence over our branches of government than his title of Deputy White House Chief of Staff would seem to imply. In other words, it could very well be that when it comes to who’s really running things in the White House, Karl’s in charge. Unfortunately, considering the Bush administration’s terrible luck with finding documents (along with their secretive nature in general), we may never know for sure.
The new investigation, which will examine the firing of at least one U.S. attorney, missing White House e-mails, and White House efforts to keep presidential appointees attuned to Republican political priorities, could create a substantial new problem for the Bush White House.
First, the inquiry comes from inside the administration, not from Democrats in Congress. Second, unlike the splintered inquiries being pressed on Capitol Hill, it is expected to be a unified investigation covering many facets of the political operation in which Rove played a leading part.
Hopefully they won’t run into too many missing documents or administration officials with preemptive alzheimer’s, but this is definitely something worth following up on.
Others blogging the L.A. Times story:
The Blotter, Shakesville, TPMmuckraker, The Carpetbagger Report, Discourse.net, CANNONFIRE, NION, PoliBlog (TM), DownWithTyranny!, On Politics, CorrenteWire, Think Progress, Balloon Juice, AMERICAblog, TIME: Swampland, Tennessee Guerilla Women, The Heretik, The Agonist, Macsmind, Little Thom’s Blog, Prairie Weather, On Deadline and Liberal Values