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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

White House fire a Christmas miracle for the GOP?

Details are still sketchy, but the aware reader will have heard that a fire broke out this morning in a room "adjacent to Vice President Dick Cheney's ceremonial office" ( It was put out with "no loss of life," though a Marine reportedly was injured when he broke a window to escape the smoke.
Can I be the only person whose initial reaction to this--the first thought, before I'd even heard the full story on NPR--was, "Well, so much for the evidence"? A pre-noon scan of some relevant blogs shows that I'm not.
Evidence for what? I have no idea. The CIA torture tapes? Secret notes the Dickster sent Scooter, telling him to get rid of those troublesome U.S. attorneys? Memos from Turd Blossom explaining how they'd cover up whatever it is they were interested in covering up at the time? I don't know.
It doesn't matter that I don't know. It doesn't even really matter that the fire might have been a genuine accident (somebody happened to tape the lever down on a Bic lighter, then, oops, drop it into the wastebasket where they were storing the records of Big Broadcasting's contributions to ensure deregulation of media ownership? Happens all the time).
What matters is that this godawful lying, conniving, undercover administration has so destroyed the trust between Americans and their government that all but the blindest and dumbest (by which I mean the 30 percent who apparently will stick with Bush through deceit, war, wholesale slaughter and parting out the environment to the highest bidder, though not if he insists on letting immigrants' kids go to school) . . . all but those few, when they heard news this morning of a fire in one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the nation's Capitol, must have thought, "The bastards will get away with it, too."


Blogger sabjoro said...

A Marine was reported to be injured when he broke a window to escape the smoke?

Don't they have bullet-proof windows in all those buildings? They don't want anyone with a rifle to snipe Dickie as he is sitting in his office, do they?

Bushie was in his office and left to sign an energy bill right after the fire started; wasn't he a bit concerned or did he have a reason not to be concerned - like advanced information to get his My Pet Goat book out.

10:38 AM  
Blogger tuzoner said...

The White House is claiming executive privilege as to the cause of the fire and any investigative report into its cause.

Additionally, they requested the federal judge overseeing the case not to look into the cause of the fire as it could jeopardize national security.

Furthermore, anything lost or damaged in the fire is solely the fault of the media as they failed to submit their requests under the "freedom of information act" in a timely matter. Six years is not sufficient time to act on these requests.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously the work of Al Quesadilla Terrorists.....

5:19 PM  
Blogger ReconRanger said...

Yes, the credibility of our government may be at an all-time low and that stain is not confined to the White House. That said, there was a piece in today’s local pretender to a newspaper that angered me far more than a convenient fire.

It seems that casualties from Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in Iraq are at an all-time low and have been steadily declining for eight months. The reason? Troops have changed their tactics from trying to avoid the death-traps to going after the Quesadillas that are making them. Why does that flame my frijoles?

As reported in today's Reno Gazette-Journal:

"That plan and others mirroring the counterinsurgency blueprint that the Pentagon now hails as a success were pitched repeatedly in memos and presentations during the following two years, at meetings that included then-Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

"The core of the strategy: Clear insurgents from key areas and provide security to win over Iraqis, who would respond by helping U.S. forces break IED networks and defeat the insurgency.

"Bush administration officials, however, remained wedded to the idea that training the Iraqi army and leaving the country would suffice. Officials, including Cheney, insisted the insurgency was dying. Those pronouncements delayed the Pentagon from embracing new plans to stop IEDs and investing in better armored vehicles that allow troops to patrol more freely, documents and interviews show."

There are many similarities between the Vietnam War and our current Iraqi War, but the above is one that is both glaring and disheartening. Once again, politicians who have never been muddy-boots-down in anything more dangerous than a Washington, DC shopping mall are calling the tactical shots for those who are muddy-boots-down in a combat zone.

That news wounds my heart with a monotonous languor.

7:20 PM  
Blogger nancyp said...

As soon as I heard about the fire, while it was still burning, I wondered what that crowd needed to lose (conveniently) -- extra copies of the waterboarding tapes came to mind first.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

I thought I was going to be clever and make a joke about burning evidence- but I quickly saw I was behind the curve at every comment list.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Gary Helmers said...

Gee, I thought I was the only one who's first thought was evidence burning.

It's really sad that I've completely lost trust in my President. Yes, although I never voted for him he is my President. God help me.

This administration will go down as the worst in history. I just hope it doesn't go down as the one that finally destroyed the USA for good.

10:57 AM  

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