Sunday, October 16, 2005

Treason in a Time of War

Outting a CIA agent, especially during a time of war, as Bush constantly reminds us that this is, is a crime that used to be punished with a quick execution. But not under the current crop of Republican leaders in Washington. To them, covering up treason is the order of the day. From Ameriblog:
If a senior White House staffer had intentionally outed an American spy during World War II, he'd have been shot.

We're at war, George Bush keeps reminding us. We cannot continue with business as usual. A pre-9/11 mentality is deadly. Putting the lives of our troops at risk is treason.

Then why is the White House and the Republican party engaged in a concerted campaign to make treason acceptable during a time of war? That's exactly what they're doing. On numerous news shows today, Republican surrogates, their talking points ready, issued variations of the following concerning White House chief of staff Karl Rove's outing of a covert CIA agent as part of a political vendetta:

- It's the criminalization of politics
- Is this 'minor' leak really worth all this?
- Political payback is common and should not be criminalized
- Mis-speaking or mis-remembering is not a crime

Yes, the Republicans are now making light of an intentional effort to expose an undercover CIA agent, working on weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, no less, while we are at war in the Middle East on that very issue.

The GOP has become the party of treason.

Senior White House staffers about to be indicted. The Republican House Majority Leader indicted three times. The Republican Senate Majority Leader in deep water for pulling a Martha Stewart, probably leading to indictment. The Republicans through their ownership society own the culture of coruption they have created.