The Plame-gate Escape Hatch

I’m not doubting the reliability of Murray Waas or his sources, but I’m shocked that anyone would actually believe this crap :

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove personally assured President Bush in the early fall of 2003 that he had not disclosed to anyone in the press that Valerie Plame, the wife of an administration critic, was a CIA employee, according to legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the accounts that both Rove and Bush independently provided to federal prosecutors.

During the same conversation in the White House two years ago-occurring just days after the Justice Department launched a criminal probe into the unmasking of Plame as a covert agency operative-Rove also assured the president that he had not leaked any information to the media in an effort to discredit Plame’s husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson. Rove also did not tell the president about his July 2003 a phone call with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, a conversation that touched on the issue of Wilson and Plame.

I don’t doubt for a second that Murray Waas’ sources are correct about what the grand jury has been told, but let’s be serious here. What’s the more likely scenario? Karl Rove lying to the Patrick Fitgerald or George W. Bush?

Considering the connections the White House has at both the Justice Department and the CIA, they had to know that the shit was gonna hit the fan before the investigation officially started and that should have given them more than enough time to get their stories straight. After all, the first thing they teach you in “Criminal Conspiracies 101” is that you should always protect the boss. It’s especially true in this case since “the boss” has the power to pardon anyone who ends up getting in trouble along with the plausible deniability of being “in a bubble” and “completely retarded”. Assuming the indictments, trials, and convictions happen at a reasonable pace, we can start expecting those pardons after the mid-terms. Trust me, this article is just evidence that the fix has been in since Day One.

And before you starting thinking I’m a conspiracy theorist or something, I’ve got two words for you: Iran-Contra.