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November 20, 2007


McClellan, Finally, Has a "Comment"

Another NeoCon former member of the Bush White House is writing a tell-all book. And this time, Scott McClellan, President Bush's former Press Secretary is going to tell the truth. After all, other than Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and a handful of other Bushies, no one is going to purchase a Book titles, "The Wonders of the Bush White House."

As it turns out, when McClellan told the world that former Presidential "Brain", Karl Rove, and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the CIA leak case, it was not the correct information. Or, as President Bush likes to put it, "in other words", it was a lie. Of course, McClellan is playing the Sergeant Schultz care: "I knew nothing. I saw nothing." After all, if he actually knew something back then, and admitted it, it might hurt his book sales.

Just as a reminder, what McClellan "misspoke" about was the involvement of White House insiders in the release of CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame's name. Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joe Wilson, became Bushie cannon fodder because Wilson had the audacity to actually tell the truth about Iraq and WMD's. At the request of the CIA, Wilson made a trip to Africa, where he had contacts, and exposed the now infamous sixteen words spoken by the President that could also be described as, "misspeaks". Here they are:

"The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa,"
-President Bush

It might have been better for the Bushies, in retrospect, had those 16 words actually been left out of Bush's speech seeing as to where it led so many in this administration. We all know that American would have been better off had the President told the truth as well. After all, the misdeeds that followed the misdeed of the Plame leak led to the WMD expert's whole operation being left obsolete. No one knows how many contacts and informants, knowingly or unknowingly, have either lost their effectiveness or their lives in the wake of the Bush administration's zeal for revenge.

"I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself."
-McClellan, from his soon to be released book

I wonder what take the Bushies will use to make McClellan into another ex-Loyal-Bushies villain:
a) He knew everything that we knew
b) He was never happy here at the White House, and that's why we asked him to resign
c) He's just trying to sell a book
d) Any combination of the above

For her part, Dana Perino, McClellan's successor once removed (Tony Snow), doesn't know just what Scott McClellan was talking about:

"The president has not and would not ask his spokespeople to pass on false information,"

It will be interesting to watch the upcoming events.

Isn't it amazing that it takes money to get these guys to talk? We all know that McClellan, had he been subpoenaed by a Congressional or Senate sub-committee, would have stayed with his "no comments" as a matter of course. But, as we know, it's all about the Benjamin's when it comes to the Bushies, in or out of office.
McClellan is no hero, no matter how many bows he's going to take on Sunday morning.

-Noah Greenberg

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