Blood in the Water
Vol: 49 Issue: 25 Tuesday, October 25, 2005
According to a report in the New York Daily News, five years of Bush-bashing is beginning to take its toll on the president. The Daily News says that President Bush is frustrated, even bitter and offers examples of outbursts of temper by the Commander in Chief as evidence.
Bush, like Clinton before him, worries about his legacy, although Bush has less to worry about than Clinton. Only the most hard-core Clintonites can recall much about his presidency apart from the scandals.
For the most part, Clinton s accomplishments will always be overshadowed by his corruption and his subsequent impeachment.
Bush s presidential legacy is in danger of being overshadowed by five years of unrelenting harassment by his political enemies. Just as 20 years from now, should the Lord tarry, Clinton will be remembered chiefly for his scandals, Bush will be remembered as the Chief Executive of Red State America at war with Blue State America, overshadowing everything else.
After five years of fighting a two-front war; one on terror, the other with Blue State America, his administration is in danger of collapse. While our nation is at war, with troops in harm s way and while the homeland is under constant threat of attack.
That can t be good. But somehow, for millions of Americans, it is very good news, indeed.
The Sunday talk shows were inundated with Democratic strategists gleefully predicting the indictment of senior members of the administration over the Valerie Plame affair.
The New York Times, who stood behind Judith Miller s refusal to reveal a source to the grand jury (for which she spent 85 days in jail), was livid to discover that the source she was protecting was a member of the Bush administration.
The Times went from supporting her to systematically destroying her reputation within their own pages, with the final straw coming when a NYTimes editor hinted in a column that Miller was having a physical relationship with Cheney s Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby. (Both Miller and Libby are married)
The network anchors are abuzz with excitement at the prospect that special prosecutor Fitzgerald will indict Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and, maybe, just maybe, Vice President Dick Cheney himself.
The only thing that could make the news any brighter would be the prospect of a successful terrorist attack on the homeland.
Then even more of the administration would be vulnerable.
It all began with the Iraq War. It wasn t that the Democratic leadership opposed the war. Virtually every single Democratic critic of the war today was shouting for Saddam s head during the Clinton administration.
“Saddam’s goal … is to achieve the lifting of U.N. sanctions while retaining and enhancing Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs. We cannot, we must not and we will not let him succeed. – Madeline Albright, 1998
“Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely dismantle all weapons of mass destruction, and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement.” – Barbara Boxer, November 8, 2002
“The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.” – Bill Clinton, 1998
“As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.” – Nancy Pelosi, December 16, 1998
“We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.” — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.” — Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sept. 27, 2002
“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members . . . . It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.” Sen. Hillary Clinton, Oct 10, 2002.
That all changed when the Democrats switched sides. It became party policy to oppose the administration by opposing the war. By early 2003, George Bush was more unpopular than Saddam Hussein.
Enter Joe Wilson, former ambassador and outspoken administration critic. He was sent by the CIA on a fact-finding mission to Niger after President Bush spoke the infamous Sixteen Words in a State of the Union speech.
“The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”
Joe Wilson returned from Niger and accused the president of lying. The charge caught on among Democrats, despite the fact the British government still stands behind their intelligence assessment, which is what Bush quoted in the first place.
It turns out that Wilson s CIA assignment came at the suggestion of Wilson s wife, Valerie Plame, who is a high level CIA employee. Wilson denied it until the 9/11 Commission subpoenaed a CIA memo that confirmed Plame recommended Wilson for the assignment.
The Democrats turned their attention away from Nigeria yellowcake uranium (that subsequently proved to be true) and attacked the administration for leaking Valerie Plame s name to the press.
It is illegal to reveal the name of a covert CIA employee, but only under certain circumstances, not one of which applied to Plame. But that didn t matter, once the smell of blood was in the water.
The outcry prompted the appointment of a special prosecutor, whose investigation determined what was already obvious before the investigation began.
Leaking Valerie Plame s name wasn t a crime. She didn t hold covert status, hadn t been outside the country on assignment for more than five years, and her identity was already well-known in Washington circles.
Any potential indictments would be the result of conflicting testimony between Libby and Rove and the two reporters they spoke with, Judith Miller and Matt Cooper of TIME Magazine.
If indictments are handed down, the president will lose his most trusted advisor, Karl Rove. The Vice President s office will lose its Chief of Staff. And there is even talk of indicting Dick Cheney, which would certainly result in his resignation.
Why? Because somebody spoke the name of a non-covert CIA officer whose involvement in sending Joe Wilson on a fact-finding mission was material to rebutting charges that Bush lied in a State of the Union speech by quoting British intelligence reports — which the Brits still maintain are accurate!
What makes this so remarkable is, as I noted earlier, America is in a war in which it faces existential threats from enemies actively seeking weapons of mass destruction that they have already proven they would cheerful use against American civilians in the homeland. It doesn t matter to al-Qaeda whether they are Democratic or Republican civilians.
But instead of fighting the enemy, America is fighting itself. The specter of American citizens cheering on the dismantling of the administration during such perilous times is evidence of how far along the road toward the fulfillment of Bible prophecy in this generation we truly are.
During the Tribulation, the Bible divides the world into four spheres of global influence; the kings of the east, the kings of the south, the revived Roman Empire of antichrist and the Russian/Persian Gog Magog Alliance.
There is no mention of a fifth, American superpower.
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: (Matthew 12:25)