Thursday, November 03, 2005

Did he or didn't he?

I loved turning on NPR first thing this morning to hear the delicious news that Scooter was headed for court. But it got me to thinking- the indictments have certainly gotten to some big players, but not to Bush himself. What if Bush was completely oblivious to all of the workings in the Plame leak?

For the past several years, I have wondered about whether or not Bush actually is kept abreast of what the vice president and his crew are up to. I have a theory that he is basically kept in the dark about most of the unholy machinations of Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld and the other asses of evil. I don't think that it takes a big leap of faith to imagine that he was never told about the Plame case and that it existed solely within the realm of Turd Blossom and Sith Lord Dick.

I don't know enough about the background here, but I think there is at least a small possibility that Bush was kept happliy jabbering on about spreadin democrusy and freedum while the big boys took care of the Wilsons.

On the other hand, there's the school of thought that says that Bush is not a stupid or incompetent as he looks, that he is actually among the big brains that make the big things happen. In this case, it would be certainly to his advantage to act like he didn't know what was going on even though he played a key role in it.

So, is he really dumb or is he playing dumb? Did he know about the Plame leak but just didn't play an active role or did he have no idea? Is he an player or a mouthpiece?

These questions are bigger than the Plame case. They have implications well outside of this scandal, and the answers could shine some much-needed light on just who is making the big decisions in the White House.


  1. one thing observers (well, generally molly ivins and that lou whoever guy she writes with; it simply amazes me they aren't referenced more, since nearly everything they've ever reported on in bush's texas can be neatly transposed to "affairs domestic" of the bush white house) say is that the one thing dubya has patience for, and in fact really does excel in, is politicking, which kind of makes sense, since it is really a rush. many ppl don't recall he worked on his father's campaign (92, i think).

    that said, since the wilson hit was essentially a political, an insider, gesture, it isn't too far out to suggest he had some kind of involvement, if not direct knowledge.

  2. My vote is for stupid. I could see Bush having been angry and having said something on the order of "can't you guys do something", but little more.

  3. In other words, the question is: Is he dumb and evil, or just evil?

  4. I don't think Dubya knows much of what VP and his cronies do. I don't think he's allowed at the adults' table very often.

  5. I haven't figured out either way if Bush knew what was going on or not. Either way, the implications are scary.

  6. I vote playing dumb. He's not that smart either. He is smart enough to know what they're doing, like a frat guy doing something bad and he should no better. However, he isn't smart enough to carry out the evil, so he delegates.