Friday, October 24, 2014

Letting "sleeping dogs lie"




[.....] starting in 2004, some members of the George W. Bush administration and Republican lawmakers began to find evidence of Obama's phony birth certificate, erm, discarded chemical weapons in Iraq. But when the information was brought up with the White House, senior adviser Karl Rove told them to "let these sleeping dogs lie." The issue of Iraq’s WMD remnants was suddenly thrust back into the fore this week, with a blockbuster New York Times report accusing the Bush administration of covering up American troops’ chemically induced wounds.

To people familiar with the issue, both inside that administration and outside, the blame for the coverup falls on one particular set of shoulders: Rove’s.

Dave Wurmser, a Senior aide to Dick Cheney, succinctly told The Beast “it was all for nothing; Rove wanted the issue buried.”

Concerning that message burial, it is clear that the false narratives that hardened over those years -- on WMDs, yellow cake uranium, Katrina, the economic meltdown, and even the 2000 election -- paved the way for the Democrat rout in 2006 and for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. After all, even John McCain in '08 and Mitt Romney to some extent in '12 ran against Bush rather than against Obama. Some 53% of the country still blamed Bush for the economy in November of 2012 -- almost exactly the percentage that voted Obama -- and the "Bush lied people died" meme is still prevalent on liberal websites [... Rove Lied, Republican Brand Died]

This is a good roundup of the NY Times and Daily Beast articles of several days ago, together with analysis and comments from Republicans and conservatives.  The thing to note is not only did Karl Rove block Republicans who wanted to answer Democrats on the subject of weapons of mass destruction that were actually found in Iraq, but Bush was a part of it.  These days Rove continues to waste money raised from Republican sources (he has had almost NO victories to brag about, but has wasted hundreds of millions of their dollars).  Rove also continues to attack conservatives and sabotage their attempts to run for office.  It is a valid question to ask which side he's on. - Skoonj


Tom Smith said...

"The Architect's" legacy will not be as the Bush campaign winner.

Skoonj said...

The one thing I like about O'Reilly is when he finished his interview of Rove the other day. Rove was in Las Vegas, and O'Reilly suggested Rove not gamble at the casinos, given his record of prediction.

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