Bush was very quick to break out that
Shopworn phrase about how he
Won't let the war be run by political
Figures in Washington, D.C.
It's like Snow's playing hockey
And making a Hail Mary slapshot
Every time he opens his mouth
And uses the word "snapshot."
by Mary Shaw
No one should be surprised by George W. Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence. Many people had speculated that Bush would issue a full pardon. And, according to Bush, that option is still not off the table.
A BuzzFlash Editorial
In today’s BuzzFlash interview with author Larry Beinhart (who wrote the book that the movie "Wag the Dog" was based on), he astutely comments on Bush and Cheney gambling with lives in Iraq as if GIs were poker chips:
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg
On April 16, Seung-Hui Cho's bullets stopped 32 people in their tracks. But they haven't stopped the NRA's fast track agenda. If anything, they've accelerated it.
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
People should be outraged about the growth of these mercenary military organizations, a cancerous-like growth that has been helped immensely due to contracts by our own Bush GOP government ... and add to that, the constant sightings of the scary, spaced out costumes of many SWAT teams that are being used in most of our cities. Why are they necessary? One idea would be that they are used for the purpose of getting people used to seeing such militarized tactics ... all of this should at least have Americans wondering what this country will be in another few years. We were never threatened by Iraq, never.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
The Bush-Cheney situation right now is like this: They've gone to Vegas. Their stake was $200,000. They're down $300,000. If they get up and they leave the table, everyone knows they went to Vegas, lost their shirt, plus some more. If they stay there and keep betting, one of two things is going to happen. Either a miracle is going to occur, and somehow they'll suddenly win the war, or there will be a new election and they will be magically whisked away from their seats. Somebody else will be sitting there and become responsible for the losses.
In the famous Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman movie Casablanca, the character Captain Renault of the French police is famously played by Claude Rains. Upon walking into Rick's (the Humphrey Bogart character) bar near the beginning of the movie, he famously says: "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here!" And so, the reaction among many on all sides of the political spectrum to the Libby commutation has been: "shocked, shocked" to find that it has happened.
How could Bush do this? After all, he has always been so strict on the question of commutations, and pardons too. It is so obviously political, or a payback, or a payoff, or a coverup, or a bone for his "conservative" base, or he is reaching out at least halfway to Sean Hannity (who is saying that well, it's OK, but now Bush should really go and do the right [in both senses, I guess] thing and pardon the guy." Yes, it is obviously most of those things and probably all of them.