Nonetheless, this whole incident is yet another embarrassment for the Bush Administration, who just can't seem to stop stepping on their dicks at the moment. Tommorrow will likely see indictments handed down against Mr. Rove, Mr. Libby, or both, in the Plame-Game fiasco. And once again Mr. Bush will send Assistant White House Press Secretary Scott McLellan out in his "Whack-a-Mole" suit to put some kind of positive spin on all these events. I almost feel bad for him too. Almost. Lately when he faces the White House Press Corps, he just seems like a kid trying to explain to his teacher how his dog ate his homework. Any day I expect him to quietly gas himself in his garage. Or better yet, to have a complete meltdown on camera and to start telling the truth...sort of like an attack of Tourette's.
As if this isn't drama enough, the Washington Post's headline "Vice President for Torture" really grabs one's attention, doesn't it. I don't think I have to explain why taking a pro-torture stance is a bad idea. And, moral arguments aside, how it would look when one or more U.S. soldiers are captured by the fanatic group du jour, and are tortured live via webcam before the helpless eyes of millions. The fact that this has not happened yet is astonishing. But if the U.S. condones torture, we will have lost the greatest struggle of all: the fight to retain our humanity and decency in the face of fear.
But these are all small potatoes when compared to the furor over Iranian President Ahmadinejad's call for Israel to be wiped from the face of the earth...followed immediately by Mr. Sharon's call for Iran to be wiped from the face ofthe United Nations. The strange thing about all this is that the Iranian leader can't seem to understand all the fuss that his words have generated. Since he was speaking at the kind of event where "Nuke Israel" T-shirts are available at the box office, he must have figured he was among friends. But how he could believe that his words would not reach the larger world audience is beyond imagination.
And so, we teeter again on the brink of global collapse. Further evidence of that old axiom: "The wrong people are always in charge."