"The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White House briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.Now the word from the White House, predictably, is that the President was misled in the same way as McClellan. Poor little innocent knave that he is, right? Why we would believe anything from them at this point is a whole other question. Supposedly misled by whom? Cheney? Rove? Still no answers but it sure as heck does not look good. In fact, the term "criminal conspiracy" was raised on Olbermann last night where it was noted that Patrick Fitzgerald has not closed his investigation, formally:
"There was one problem. It was not true.
"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."
And I think it's a capital idea, indeed, to get McClellan up on the Hill in front of the "klieg lights," as he so eloquently puts it. Time for some good Senate Judiciary Committee interrogation, methinks.
Now having said all that, it's good to see that McClellan's words are cementing once again the perception of the Bush administration as lying thugs. But I'm not holding my breath that anything of consequence will come of it for Rove, Bush or Cheney. They have defied congressional scrutiny and legal accountability by thumbing their noses at such quaint mechanisms of the American democracy. And surely, it will continue until they're gone. None of this, of course, is a reason to just shrug one's shoulders and ignore the McClellan story. The historical record damning their every move should be fully documented.