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A Special Place in Hell
The Ameriucan Spectator ^ | Septembe 18, 2006 | Jeff Babbin

Posted on 09/18/2006 4:33:24 AM PDT by libstripper

Greater self-love hath no man than to sacrifice a friend's life for his own. Our grateful nation awards the Medal of Honor to those few whose valor in combat is above and beyond the call of duty. But what is the polar opposite of the Medal? It is essential we decide, because Richard Armitage -- former Deputy Secretary of State -- has earned it for his uncommon treachery, beneath and beyond the call of knavery.

Begin with the fact that Armitage -- and his boss, Colin Powell -- were always outsiders. Powell, by his own discomfort with Bush's inner circle, was not part of it. But both were high-ranking members of the administration and owed it political loyalty.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: armitage; bushlied; libby; plamebroiled; powell; wot
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A fitting place for Armitage, Powell, Fitzgerald, and the Wilsons.
1 posted on 09/18/2006 4:33:25 AM PDT by libstripper
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2 posted on 09/18/2006 4:38:31 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: libstripper

Ouch!!

That's gonna leave a scar.....

Once again, Babbin tells it like it is.. (or should be)


3 posted on 09/18/2006 4:41:01 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Stop the "tyranny of the 'offended' " -- say what you mean and stand by it!)
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To: libstripper

Hear, hear! Great article. I can't understand why Fitz's 'case' against Libby hasn't been withdrawn or tossed out yet? I hope Libby and maybe even Rove demand the justice that was denied them.


4 posted on 09/18/2006 4:43:21 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: Liberty Valance

The silence from the drive-by media is deafening on this issue. These perps are being given cover by Arizona Senator John McCain...Rep/Dem/Ind/candidate for President.


5 posted on 09/18/2006 4:51:56 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: libstripper
Corrupt & evil intentions exposed....and they will be.

They always will be...eventually.

This column could initiate a special brand of justice for Armitage, Powell....
..death of their reputation by a thousand cuts!

6 posted on 09/18/2006 4:54:17 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: libstripper

Dicky Armitage should be forced to pay Scooter Libby's legal bills PLUS cover the cost of the Fitzgerald debacle (maybe get his buddy 'Colon' Powell kick in some bucks from the pay he gets from all the boards he sits on). Then he should have to listen to Joe Wilson for six hours every weekend.


7 posted on 09/18/2006 4:56:06 AM PDT by pikachu (Be alert --we need more lerts!)
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To: libstripper
Armitage's leak was not innocent, idle chatter. And worse, much worse, was his cravenness in not telling the truth to the president he supposedly served. Armitage told Powell on "October 1, 2003. If he felt his loyalty to Powell required him to call his boss on that date, he had a greater loyalty to tell the president before the sun set that day. The facts that neither he nor Powell told the president, that both allowed the Democrats and the media to damage the Bush administration for almost three years afterward and let Scooter Libby's life to be ruined, disqualifies both Armitage and Powell from ever holding public office again. Let them retire in the ignominy they deserve. "

Nuff said!

8 posted on 09/18/2006 4:56:42 AM PDT by patriot_wes (Infant baptism - the foundation of an unbelieving and unsaved church.....)
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To: libstripper

Wait a minute . . . Bob Novak kept silent and escapes blame all this time while Fitzgerald and the Dems ruined an innocent man's life? By any measure of fairness and justice, journalists should not be allowed to hide behind their sources. The special privilege of protecting the source is becoming as evil as the profession of journalism itself.


9 posted on 09/18/2006 5:04:31 AM PDT by Liberty Wins (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten it.)
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To: libstripper
"It was an act of supreme disloyalty for Armitage to keep the fact that he was Novak's source from the president -- and thus the public -- for three years. The same goes for Powell. There was no reason whatever -- other than the desire to do political damage to the administration -- for Armitage and Powell to remain silent while the 527 Media and the Dems fired a three-year long barrage of political fire at the President, the Vice President, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. We expect the Dems and the political-activist media to do this. But we don't expect the craven, cowardly conduct of Armitage and Powell.

I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the Powell's home right now.

10 posted on 09/18/2006 5:07:21 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: libstripper; liberallarry
There's only one name for it: the Armitage Award.

Nope, it needs to be called the Armitage-Powell award. For "uncommon treachery, beneath and beyond the call of knavery." Excellent description of two bureaucrat scumbags. Hock-spit!

The ever-responsive George Tenet asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation and, after overcoming objections, it did.

ping to you liberallarry

11 posted on 09/18/2006 5:58:59 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Islam is a cult.)
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To: Liberty Valance
.....The silence from the drive-by media is deafening on this issue......

For the last 2-3 years Kris Math-hues has done whole hour-long programs repeatedly (sometimes 2-3 times/week) pumping this story and salivating over the evil fascism emanating from the deepest bowels of the White House and Bush Administration ostensibly aiming for his rightful Pulitzer Prize.

Where is this putrid, loud-mouth, little rent-a-cop now?

12 posted on 09/18/2006 6:06:07 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (A wall first. A wall now.)
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To: prairiebreeze
This story is not over. Powell and Armitage - so far as I know - have yet to explain why they didn't inform the rest of the Administration..

Thanks for the ping.

13 posted on 09/18/2006 6:37:48 AM PDT by liberallarry
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To: liberallarry

It isn't hard to figure out. Personal animous, political back-stabbing, petty self-interest over nation and loyalty to the president.

Conservatives like Babbin and here on FR, criticize and condemn it when members of their party engage in such conduct and illegal activities, ala Armitage/Powell and Duke Cunningham.

Liberals applaud, rationalize and seek to refine the behavior.....


14 posted on 09/18/2006 7:01:37 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Islam is a cult.)
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To: prairiebreeze
It isn't hard to figure out. Personal animous, political back-stabbing, petty self-interest over nation and loyalty to the president.

That's your explanation. I hardly think it will be theirs. :)

15 posted on 09/18/2006 7:04:37 AM PDT by liberallarry
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To: liberallarry

LOL, well you'll get no argument from me on that one.

But, I believe my assessment is correct.


16 posted on 09/18/2006 7:10:59 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Islam is a cult.)
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To: libstripper

Richard Armitage is a snake like a lot of political hacks in Washington. But the real issues here is how the media can take "nothing" and turn it into "something",because that's what the "outing" of Valerie Plame was, a big NOTHING !!!


17 posted on 09/18/2006 7:18:22 AM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: libstripper

Babbin hits the nail on the head. If true, which it sounds like it is, both Armitage and Powell are not only guilty of disloyalty but of lying by omission.

For a man such as Powell to participate in this kind of pettiness is unforgiveable. He is a retired General and CJC who swore an oath of Duty, Honor, Country. He has broken that oath and therefore should be shunned.

To my knowledge he has not addressed this issue either publicly or privately. If he was not guilty of these accusations, he should have addressed the issue by now, IMO.


18 posted on 09/18/2006 7:45:55 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: jazusamo
McCain should be held accoutable for having these two COWARDS and CRIMINALS as advisors. I will NEVER vote for MCCAIN and I will shun POWELL and Armitage forever. Powell was a general and and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. His silence is inexcusable. He is a traitor to this country for his intentional silence that allowed a criminal investigation to go on for three years and allowing others to have their reputations smeared and in the case of Libby, the potential to spend the rest of his life in jail. Libby would not be in this predictment if not for Powell and Armitage because no investigation should have occurred because the leaker was already known.

FU Powell. I repeat FU COWARD. Armitage you are just a bottom feeder and the useful idiot to Powell.

I hope both of you are placed under the same scrutiny by our maker when your time comes. Let's see how you DIRTBAGS like it.

What also bothers me, what have Powell and Armitage gotten away with in the past during their careers? I doubt this was a one time event for these COWARDS.
19 posted on 09/18/2006 6:58:14 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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He is a traitor to this country for his intentional silence that allowed a criminal investigation to go on for three years and allowing others to have their reputations smeared and in the case of Libby,......

If ever there was a case for the continual watering-down of the word "traitor" I give you this post......

What Powell and Armitage did was borderline illegal, but their silence just proves their characters. It doesn't mean that Powell is a traitor. Give me a friggin break. Get a grip will you?
20 posted on 09/18/2006 7:01:27 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: libstripper

BTTT


21 posted on 09/18/2006 7:03:12 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: libstripper

They smile in your face...


22 posted on 09/18/2006 7:07:01 PM PDT by firewalk
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Counter-MSM bump.


23 posted on 09/18/2006 7:07:12 PM PDT by defenderSD (Just when you think it's never going to happen, that's when it happens.)
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To: MikefromOhio
Heh Mike..........What Powell and Armitage has done is the same thing as standing in the crowd and watching innocent men marched to the gallows and continue with their silence while one man has the noose placed around his neck and the executioner places his hand on the lever.

To me that is treason. Maybe not to you. Would you like to be looking at spending 30 years in prison like Libby when the investigation should not have occurred? I do not think so. If you don't like what we write, do not read FR. By the way Mike, give me a break.
24 posted on 09/18/2006 7:25:17 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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It's not treason.

People use that word so much now that the word has lost it's meaning.

What they did was absolutely despicable, but it's not treason.


25 posted on 09/18/2006 7:26:43 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: jrooney
If you don't like what we write, do not read FR

What? Do you have a mouse in your pocket or something? Speak for yourself and no breaks will be forthcoming.
26 posted on 09/18/2006 7:27:25 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: MikefromOhio

You commented on my post. I commented back. Got it.


27 posted on 09/18/2006 7:28:34 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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Ditto to everything you posted....Armitage is Powell's little toady...they are both to blame for this fiasco!


28 posted on 09/18/2006 7:29:12 PM PDT by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero..............)
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To: jrooney
You commented on my post. I commented back. Got it.

LOL!! That made about as much sense as your original rant about treason....want to try again?
29 posted on 09/18/2006 7:29:28 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: MikefromOhio

Heh Mike, bug off because I have not ime for anyone that tries to water down what Armitage and Powell have done.


30 posted on 09/18/2006 7:31:05 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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Heh Mike, bug off because I have not ime for anyone that tries to water down what Armitage and Powell have done.

LOL!! Hey jrooney, bug off because I want to save the meaning and impact of the word treason for those who truly deserve it, not just those you disagree with.
31 posted on 09/18/2006 7:32:07 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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I meant "time" and "has" done.


32 posted on 09/18/2006 7:32:07 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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too late....


33 posted on 09/18/2006 7:32:18 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: MikefromOhio

Okay Mike, you are the smartest one here. You know all and we should all come to for advice. I will see on the threads. No matter what you write in the future or any positive or negative impact you have here on FR will not matter to me. I have formed my opinion of you already and from where I sit, it is not pretty.


34 posted on 09/18/2006 7:36:58 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: libstripper
Powell was always a very political general - you don't often make CJCS if you aren't - but this particular sequence of events is so patently disgraceful that I can't help hoping, even now, that we don't know all the particulars. But the point was always strictly political, and how they've howled over the three years hence!

So what's in it for Powell? A Vice-Presidential nomination that he could already have had? One under a Democratic president? One under Hillary?

This is all mere speculation, but the utter dishonor of his silence in the matter between the time of the accusation and the time of the convening of the investigation is anything but.

35 posted on 09/18/2006 7:38:39 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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Okay Mike, you are the smartest one here.

In this conversation...maybe....YES I'm joking.....

You know all and we should all come to for advice. I will see on the threads.

It's about time you realized it too....LOL

No matter what you write in the future or any positive or negative impact you have here on FR will not matter to me.

And I care? Oh wait My GIVE A DAMN is broken....

I have formed my opinion of you already and from where I sit, it is not pretty.

Oh I care about what some idiot on an internet forum thinks of me? HARDLY.
36 posted on 09/18/2006 7:44:12 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: MikefromOhio

Calling someone an idiot is not very nice. Especially someon you do not know. Okay keyboard tough guy. I bet you are the type of person that can throw insults all day when you hide behind a computer but would never have the courage to do it in person. Typical keyboard tough guy.


37 posted on 09/18/2006 7:48:55 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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Calling someone an idiot is not very nice. Especially someon you do not know. Okay keyboard tough guy. I bet you are the type of person that can throw insults all day when you hide behind a computer but would never have the courage to do it in person. Typical keyboard tough guy.

Nah I've only got the courage to go to Iraq voluntarily because I believe in the mission. BTW, you are the one ASSuming that I give a crap what you think or what your opinion of me is. Just in case you were wondering, I don't have an opinion of you, because I don't form opinions for irrelevant things, and that includes PEOPLE.
38 posted on 09/18/2006 7:52:05 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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Okay little man.


39 posted on 09/18/2006 7:53:02 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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Okay little man.

Got anymore witty comebacks? That was hilarious LOL
40 posted on 09/18/2006 7:56:13 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: MikefromOhio
Mike, being arrogant and egotistical and trying to cause a reaction is going to get you in a jam someday where you will be tested and fail miserably. Let it go.
41 posted on 09/18/2006 8:03:57 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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Mike, being arrogant and egotistical and trying to cause a reaction is going to get you in a jam someday where you will be tested and fail miserably. Let it go.

Ever think about taking your own advice? Guess not huh??
42 posted on 09/18/2006 8:06:50 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: MikefromOhio

MIke YOU STARTED WITH ME. I do not go around acting arrogant and egotistical, like yourself. In person I am very humble, yet I have no problem with knocking a battery off any man's shoulder if need be.


43 posted on 09/18/2006 8:09:30 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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MIke YOU STARTED WITH ME.

I have a very small violin playing a very quiet sad song for you.....

I do not go around acting arrogant and egotistical, like yourself. In person I am very humble, yet I have no problem with knocking a battery off any man's shoulder if need be.

LOL!!! is that a threat or a fact? LOL
44 posted on 09/18/2006 8:13:13 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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Mike it is not a threat. I live in Oregon and you in Ohio. Unlike you, I am not a keyboard tough guy that likes to stalk. Please let it go. I am from the old school and I can walk what I talk but I prefer to get along with those of the same mindset as mine politically and socially. You might be a good guy but there is no way for me to tell with you popping off on me. So let it go.


45 posted on 09/18/2006 8:19:48 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: jrooney

IMO, they are guilty of being traitors to the current administration, common decency, and honorable conduct, but they are not guilty of the legal definition of treason.


46 posted on 09/18/2006 8:26:57 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free
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To: Scotsman will be Free

I agree with your post. That was more along my feeling when I posted my comments. Intentionally attempting to undermine an elected sitting administration during a time of war and allowing a criminal investigation to occur when the original offfender is already known, rates very high in my book.


47 posted on 09/18/2006 8:35:20 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Sometimes venting words can come out quickly when I type. Better to vent here than on my wife or kids whom deserve better.


48 posted on 09/18/2006 8:38:44 PM PDT by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: Liberty Valance

49 posted on 09/18/2006 8:47:35 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: jrooney

Too true. I have sent off more than one missive only to regret it as soon as I hit post.


50 posted on 09/18/2006 8:52:31 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free
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