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Powell Says Cheney Book Full of 'Cheap Shot'(Powell is a liberal baby)
The National Journal ^ | 8/28/11 | Yochi Dreazen

Posted on 08/29/2011 2:05:59 AM PDT by personalaccts

Powell Says Cheney Book Full of 'Cheap Shots' By Yochi J. Dreazen

Updated: August 28, 2011 | 12:13 p.m. August 28, 2011 | 12:10 p.m.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is lashing out at former Vice President Dick Cheney. A visibly angry Colin Powell used an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday to blast former Vice President Dick Cheney for using “cheap shots” and “barbs” to drive up sales of his new memoir, which accuses Powell of trying to undermine President Bush during the run-up to the Iraq War and tacitly allowing his deputy to leak the name of a covert CIA agent.

Powell, who had a rocky tenure as Bush’s first secretary of State, said that the allegations in Cheney’s book were better suited to "supermarket tabloids" than the memoir of a former vice president of the United States. He said Cheney was using misleading anecdotes and unfounded personal attacks to “pump up” sales of the memoir, In My Time, which will be officially released on Tuesday. Multiple media outlets have published excerpts from the book in recent days.

“They are cheap shots,” Powell told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “It’s not necessary to take these kinds of barbs.”

The new war of words between Cheney and Powell underscores the degree to which members of the Bush administration continue to publicly relitigate decisions taken years earlier. The two men have had a rocky relationship for decades. During the first Gulf War, then-Defense Secretary Cheney told colleagues that he felt then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Powell was intentionally upstaging him at press conferences and other public events. Those tensions carried over into their shared time in the Bush administration, where Powell and Cheney were on opposite sides of multiple debates, most notably over the Iraq War.

Cheney’s new book has harsh words for a number of his one-time colleagues, from former CIA Director George Tenet to Powell’s successor at the State Department, Condoleezza Rice -- whom he describes as “tearfully” admitting she had been wrong to urge Bush to apologize for wrongly alleging that Iraq had tried to obtain yellowcake uranium in Niger.

But the pugnacious former vice president reserves his toughest language for Powell. Cheney accuses Powell of effectively going behind Bush’s back by “criticizing administration policy to people outside the government” and says the former secretary of State stood by silently as his former deputy, Richard Armitage, leaked the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame to conservative columnist Robert Novak. Novak’s subsequent column naming Plame triggered a public relations scandal and criminal probe which ultimately led to the conviction of Cheney’s former chief of staff, Scooter Libby.

In the book, Cheney writes that he tried to persuade Bush to fire Powell and says that Powell’s later resignation was “for the best.”

On CBS Sunday, Powell said Cheney’s assertion that he had privately expressed opposition to the Iraq War was “nonsense,” noting that he was the one who famously told Bush that “if you break it, you own it.” Powell pointed out that he had been the one to make a high-profile appearance before the United Nations Security Council to lay out what proved to be wholly unsubstantiated claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. And Powell on Sunday blasted Cheney for failing to properly prepare for the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was marred by widespread looting and violence.

“Mr. Cheney and many of his colleagues did not prepare for what happened after the fall of Baghdad,” Powell said.

Powell said Cheney’s comments about Rice were “condescending” and said it was inappropriate for the former vice president to describe a high-ranking female official as crying.

“I think it’s a bit too far,” Powell said. “I think Dick overshot the runway with that kind of comment.”

Cheney had earlier told ABC as part of a pre-publication media blitz for his book that the memoir -- particularly in its comments about officials such as Powell and Rice -- would have “heads exploding all over Washington.” Powell dismissed those remarks sarcastically on the CBS show.

“I don’t see any heads lying on the streets,” he said.


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Powell isn't use to being kicked around in the political arena. It's about time someone kicked the medias angel to the ground.
1 posted on 08/29/2011 2:06:04 AM PDT by personalaccts
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To: personalaccts
It's funny how the "Affirmative Action" beneficiaries always cry foul when someone points out their incompetence.

If Powell was white, he never would have made Captain.

2 posted on 08/29/2011 2:17:32 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: personalaccts

That’s what all political memoirs are: cheap shots. Powell’s such a titty baby.


3 posted on 08/29/2011 2:20:25 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: personalaccts
For many years I thought Powell was way over his head, as Joint Chief of Staff and as Secretary of State. He is, and was, an “a$$-kisser” of the first sort, and never could stand alone and make a decision on his own. IMHO, Powell is a reflection of society, meaning we promote based on race and not on competence.I also think he is somewhat of a racist, as he "bailed" on McCain to support Obama because of race and nothing else. That's when I knew my suspicions were correct about this worthless jerk.
4 posted on 08/29/2011 2:39:45 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: personalaccts

Powell is best portrayed in the comedy “Mars Attacks.” No one will ever convince me the writers didn’t have him in mind.


5 posted on 08/29/2011 2:44:02 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: personalaccts

Powell has always been a liberal racist. He convinced Bush 41 to withdraw from the Gulf War, which should have continued until Saddam Hussein was done, because Gen. Sharwtzkopf (sp?) (white guy) was the big shining star and Powell didn’t want him to get even more accolades for his strategies and tactics. ...Powell was a media whore and tried to claim all the credit for success. ....It was a MAJOR mistake to make him Scty. of State. ....Powell needs to move out and live in Hugo’s or Fidel’s Communist countries.


6 posted on 08/29/2011 2:46:17 AM PDT by octex
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To: personalaccts

Wasn’t it Powell’s pal (Dick Armitage) that wound up causing Cheney’s aide (Scooter Libby) to go to prison over basically nothing? The Valerie Plume affair? I wonder why Powell didn’t nip it in the bud? Surely he had to know?


7 posted on 08/29/2011 2:56:55 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: personalaccts
Go to Hell, Powell. You let "Scooter" Libby's life be destroyed when all the time you knew it was your guy, Armitage, who released the name of the Valerie Flame outer.

Libby has a wife and family. Their lives were destroyed too by you and your cowardice.

8 posted on 08/29/2011 2:57:58 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Democrats: the Party of NO!)
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To: personalaccts

Just when I think my esteem for the guy who deliberately allowed an innocent man to go on trial and be convicted (Scooter Libby) could go no further, his whining manages to do it.


9 posted on 08/29/2011 3:16:37 AM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: eCSMaster
Their lives were destroyed too by you and your cowardice.

History will bear out Powell's cheap tricks and exonerate Libby, as is being done and will continue to.

Lies must be constantly repeated and refreshed with other lies to have any effect, while the truth stands forever on it's own merit.

Libby endured a vicious attack that he will never forget, but destroyed? I would pray not.

10 posted on 08/29/2011 3:35:18 AM PDT by 4woodenboats (Obama.....a perfect example of why you can't trust someone that won't look you in the eye)
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To: rawhide

Scooter is on BUSH!
Once we found our the leaker was Armatige—Bush could have halted EVERYTHING that day, and the MSM couldn’t have done diddley.
It also would have gone far to rehab him to boot.


11 posted on 08/29/2011 3:39:10 AM PDT by Flintlock (Photo ID for all voters--let our dead rest in peace.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Powell is best portrayed in the comedy “Mars Attacks.” No one will ever convince me the writers didn’t have him in mind.

Absolutely! That movie was pure satire.

12 posted on 08/29/2011 3:42:02 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: personalaccts
I believe Powell had the political capital available when he started to be one of the great Secretaries of State. I'm not sure he had the talent for it.

We have been led to believe he was just so smart, probably because he liked to call himself a Republican while he talked like a Democrat.

He also proved in 2008 that he was a racist. Either that or he's utterly vacuous. Maybe he's one of those two percent that think Obama is taking the country just where it needs to go.

13 posted on 08/29/2011 4:01:16 AM PDT by stevem
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To: Flintlock
Scooter is on BUSH!

Indeed, Bush is just as responsible and should have stopped it. However, Powell was small and cheap in the affair. Since he stopped being a general, Powell has been small and cheap on several occasions.

14 posted on 08/29/2011 4:11:24 AM PDT by stevem
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To: personalaccts

Looks like heads have already started exploding...


15 posted on 08/29/2011 4:12:43 AM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: personalaccts

Powell is a weird guy. I read his autobiography after Desert Storm, and the only two things about it I can remember now are that:

1) He liked to purchase and restore old Volvos as a hobby, and

2) He was obsessed by President Reagan’s lack of creases in his shoes.


16 posted on 08/29/2011 4:13:36 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Flintlock

I agree completely.


17 posted on 08/29/2011 4:19:26 AM PDT by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
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To: personalaccts

“powell was always seen as an affirmative action general”

Tommy Franks


18 posted on 08/29/2011 4:20:32 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: SoJoCo

Give ‘em hell Cheney!


19 posted on 08/29/2011 4:26:48 AM PDT by Catsrus
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To: personalaccts
Personally, I can't stand watching the insufferable Powell.

Did Bob Schieffer even ask Powell about Richard Armitage?

20 posted on 08/29/2011 4:37:23 AM PDT by magellan
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To: Yo-Yo

LOL!!! Sounds like an EMPTY UNIFORM!!


21 posted on 08/29/2011 4:37:28 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: personalaccts

It seems that Powell is not denying that it isn’t true. He is just calling it a Cheney “cheap shot” for saying it. This is a typical liberal position: criticizing people for telling the truth.


22 posted on 08/29/2011 4:44:13 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: All

23 posted on 08/29/2011 4:47:37 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: personalaccts

Did the Opportunist who took every Republican promotion he could to create his career but who ended up supporting Obammie the Commie in 2008 say anything when some leftists wrote a play pivoting on the very serious and artistic discussion of how to assassinate Pres. Bush?


24 posted on 08/29/2011 4:49:49 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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Powell, who had a rocky tenure as Bush’s first secretary of State

Powell was the greatest advocate of not taking out saddam hussein when they were just outside of Baghdad during the first Iraq war. He has blood on his hands for being the driving force compelling us to GO BACK AND FINISH THE JOB in 2011-today.

G. Bush senior wasn't so keen on that call, either. RINOs are fairly worthless when it comes to meaningful foreign policy.

25 posted on 08/29/2011 4:51:03 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: personalaccts
". . . take these kinds of barbs.”

How....exactly....does one "take a barb"???

I've heard of "take a powder", "take a crap", "take a pi$$", "take a course", "take a punch", "take a hike", "take a break", "take a left (or right)", and "take a header"....but never heard of "take a barb".

Must be one o' them liberal expressions....

26 posted on 08/29/2011 4:51:21 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be REMOVED (ERADICATED)....NOW!!)
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To: newzjunkey

My former respect for Powell was reduced to contempt when I first saw that picture of supposedly statesman-like military man hip-hopping his support for Obammie the Commie.


27 posted on 08/29/2011 4:51:45 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

I know that this is to sound inflammatory but it was more of a color issue than an ideological issue in why PowellRINO campaigned and backed the AnointedIdiot. I would go further and suggest that many blacks will continue to side and vote for the AnointedIdiot because of color than because he has done anything for them since he has been in office. Flame away. =.=


28 posted on 08/29/2011 5:00:52 AM PDT by cranked
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To: personalaccts
Colin Bowel(sic) is a whimpering little girly-man. He should be best remembered as ....
The Secretary of State Who Didn't Like To Travel!
It was thanks to Colin that our 4th Infantry Division floated at sea for about a month, all thanks to COLIN BOWEL screwing up things, aka: Diplomacy, with Turkey.

Ya'll recall that the 4th ID was supposed to Invade Iraq from the North from Turkey while the 3rd ID came up from the South and meet up in Baghdad, right? But that never happened did it? NO! The 4th ID had to follow - eventually - the 3rd ID from the South and THAT left Saddam's Loyalists and their little Triangle of Death!

And all Colin had to do avoid that was get on a friggen plane and talk Turkey with the Turks in PERSON. But noooooo, he 'didn't like to travel', and wanted to talk diplomacy by telephone. Which INSULTED the Turks!

So how many US Military MEN were lost in that Triangle Of Death? Huh Colin, got any guesses on that?

Hope you can sleep good at night, ya jerkweed!

29 posted on 08/29/2011 5:02:03 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: personalaccts

Powell is guilty of the biggest “cheap shot” of them all: going against America in favor of skin color when he endorsed 0bama in 2008, knowing full well he was grossly unfit to lead this nation.


30 posted on 08/29/2011 5:02:59 AM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?I wonder whatl)
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To: personalaccts
Powell, who had a rocky tenure as Bush’s first secretary of State, said that the allegations in Cheney’s book were better suited to "supermarket tabloids" than the memoir of a former vice president of the United States.

In other words, they were true. Colin Powell is the quintessential example of a RINO; his is one case where the term is wholly warranted.

31 posted on 08/29/2011 5:04:47 AM PDT by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began,)
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To: personalaccts

Powell was always over rated. It happens when race is the first criteria.


32 posted on 08/29/2011 5:21:28 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: personalaccts
On CBS Sunday, Powell said Cheney’s assertion that he had privately expressed opposition to the Iraq War was “nonsense,” noting that he was the one who famously told Bush that “if you break it, you own it.”

Okay Powell we get it. Is that your only "profound" statement claim to fame? Can you come up with another one so we can continue to relish how wise you are?

33 posted on 08/29/2011 5:26:48 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: personalaccts
From the book How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life, by Peter Robinson, concerning Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" speech:

....Powell was a decorated general. After listening to Powell recite all the arguments against the speech in his accustomed forceful manner, however, I heard myself reciting all the arguments in favor of the speech in an equally forceful manner. I could scarcely believe my own tone of voice. Powell looked a little taken aback himself.....

Powell tried to talk him out of it.

34 posted on 08/29/2011 5:39:43 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Caipirabob

George Bush was a lousy President, Colin Powell was a lousy Secretary of State, and George Tenet was a failure as head of the CIA. Cheney may not be the world’s sweetheart — he certainly never celebrated human weakness as a virtue and was particularly mute concerning ‘compassionate conservatism’ — but by God he had both convictions and a political philosophy that served him well in his walk through life.


35 posted on 08/29/2011 5:56:24 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: DRey

The shots may be cheap, but are they true?


36 posted on 08/29/2011 6:10:09 AM PDT by semaj
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To: personalaccts

Cheney has Colon’s Bowel in an uproar.


37 posted on 08/29/2011 6:11:42 AM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: semaj

Who knows? I love Cheney. I hope they’re true. I read Maureen Dowd’s scathing review of it yesterday — something with “Darth Vader Returns” in the title. That’s all I know about it. Took a definite BOTTOM UP approach on that one.


38 posted on 08/29/2011 6:14:33 AM PDT by DRey (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: octex
Actually we should have never gone to war over the invasion of Kuwait in the first place. Instead, we should have let Saddam Hussein run over the entire arabian peninsula, getting rid of the corrupt House of Saud in the process.

I submit to you that if that had been the case, we would not have had 9/11, the debacle in Iraq or be bogged down in Afghanistan as we curretnly are. And oil prices would be reasonable and stable as well as the majority of the arab world. And oh yeah, before I forget, Iran wouldn't have the resources or capacity to threaten the region as it would be busy defending itself from Iraq.

39 posted on 08/29/2011 6:16:11 AM PDT by semaj
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To: personalaccts

“They are cheap shots,” Powell told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “It’s not necessary to take these kinds of barbs.”


Another affirmative action “token” speaks.

Norman Schwarzkopf was a true general and leader...not the PC Powell.


40 posted on 08/29/2011 6:19:40 AM PDT by DH ( Rick Perry 2012...Be proud to be an American once again!)
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To: personalaccts

Switching Parties and Candidates a week before the election is a cheap shot. This book is not.


41 posted on 08/29/2011 6:27:55 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: personalaccts
“They are cheap shots,” Powell told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “It’s not necessary to take these kinds of barbs.”

Interesting choice of words in "cheap shots". Not "lies", not "wrong", not "mistaken", not even "reporting without full knowledge". By immediately stepping back to "cheap shots" he is implicitly accepting what Cheney has said is factually correct, but he is rude for saying it. It's similar to saying a baby is ugly and others tell you that you shouldn't say that instead of countering that the baby is beautiful.

42 posted on 08/29/2011 6:33:36 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Due to the earthquake the president has officially implemented Rule 18-1.)
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To: Yo-Yo
1) He liked to purchase and restore old Volvos as a hobby, and

As someone who intentionally owned several 544's and 122 Wagons...I am deeply disappointed...all over again...

43 posted on 08/29/2011 7:16:19 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: geezerwheezer

I hope people don’t end up saying this about Allen West.


44 posted on 08/29/2011 7:22:57 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: semaj

You forgot......and Israel would be just a passing memory.....


45 posted on 08/29/2011 8:03:10 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (Palin/West 2012)
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To: Forty-Niner
"You forgot......and Israel would be just a passing memory....."

No, I didn't forget. Israel is a big boy, and I have all the faith in the world that they can take care of themselves just fine. There is someone a whole lot more powerful than the U.S. in their corner.

46 posted on 08/29/2011 8:20:43 AM PDT by semaj
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To: personalaccts

Powell is always in a fit of righteous indignation over something. I don’t know how he ever got to be a General. What a crybaby.


47 posted on 08/29/2011 9:02:05 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: personalaccts

Dick takes shots at colin.


48 posted on 08/29/2011 9:26:13 AM PDT by rsobin
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To: Flintlock

When did President Bush know that Armitage was the one who did it? Do you have documentation of that? That is something I didn’t know.

I know Armitage told Powell, but I thought that was as far as it went.


49 posted on 08/29/2011 4:31:34 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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To: rlmorel

If you can supply some credible information, I would greatly appreciate it.

I do fault President Bush for not pardoning Libby completely, especially given the nature of his “perjury” and the fact he should never have been in that position to begin with.

I contributed to the Libby defense fund, because I saw it for what it was, a judicial abomination.


50 posted on 08/29/2011 5:43:03 PM PDT by rlmorel ("When marching down the same road, one doesn't need 'marching orders' to reach the same destination")
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