Monday, January 19, 2009

The President: Doh! They're All Idiots!

James Ross (Salon) - "So don't be surprised if some time before Inauguration Day 2009, President George W. Bush issues a blanket presidential pardon to ensure that those who organized and implemented brutal interrogation techniques such as "waterboarding" (a terrifying simulated drowning) are never hauled before the courts ... There is the distinct possibility that in his administration's waning days Bush will issue a preemptive pardon for all those who have or may have committed federal crimes relating to detainee interrogations."

Talking Points Memo (on the above quote): "That sounds about right to me."

Brent Budowsky (The Hill) -"Before leaving office George W. Bush will issue a mass pardon, the largest collection of presidential pardons in American history. Bush will pardon himself, Vice President Cheney, and a long list of officials involved in torture, eavesdropping, destruction of evidence, the CIA leak case and a range of potential crimes ... Get ready for mass pardons."

Hoyt Hilsman (Huffington Post) - "It is quite possible that a batch of midnight pardons next Monday could cast a pall over the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, stealing the limelight with last-minute controversy."

Frank Rich (New York Times) - In an article entitled, "Why Libby's Pardon is a Slam Dunk." ... "Even by Washington’s standards, few debates have been more fatuous or wasted more energy than the frenzied speculation over whether President Bush will or will not pardon Scooter Libby. Of course he will ... The only real question about the pardon is whether Mr. Bush cares enough about his fellow Republicans’ political fortunes to delay it until after Election Day 2008. Either way, the pardon is a must for Mr. Bush ... Mr. Bush will no doubt pardon Scooter Libby without so much as a second thought"

Paul Begala (Huffington Post) - "George W. Bush will pardon Karl Rove."

Paul Begala (on CNN) - “The president is going to pardon Scooter Libby. He’s going to plead guilty and then Bush is going to pardon him.”

John Podhoretz (New York Post) - "In his last days as president, George W. Bush will pardon Scooter Libby ... Bush won't leave office without issuing that pardon."

Al Kamen (Washington Post) - Was going to give out a t-shirt to whomever could best guess when the Libby pardon would fall. Keep in in the drawer Al.

Brent Budowsky (OpEd News) - "As President Bush prepares his final pardons that will probably include those who committed acts of torture ..."

David Swanson (Global Research) - "As we approach W's last day in office, on which I'm willing to bet you he issues some sweeping pardons of crimes he himself authorized ..."

American Freedom Campaign - "Now, President Bush is poised to give each and every one of his accomplices -- from Dick Cheney to Karl Rove to Alberto Gonzales -- a full pardon, ensuring that they will never receive the punishments they deserve for their activities."

Eleanor Clift (McClaughlin Group) - "... And you're now going to see Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling appeal, and those appeals can go on for quite a while, and then they can count on President Bush to try to commute their sentences ... I wonder if they'll ever serve hard time ... Yeah, I think it would be hard for him to pardon. But I'm thinking there's some way to commute their sentence to time served or to lessen it. I don't see them spending decades or a decade behind bars ... I'll say yes, he's going to [pardon them], okay."

Sunny Hostin (CNN) - At the end of a"report," Hostin said we will see "something like" President Clinton's controversial last-minute pardons "from President Bush as well." Indeed, said she, we will see something "much, much more controversial coming."

Peter Smith (Huffington Post) - "One year from now, George W. Bush will almost certainly celebrate the end 2008 - and his term of office - with a festive round of questionable pardons and, possibly, even a few Scooter Libby-like commutations."

Matthew Rothschild (TomPaine.com) - "The only thing that dampens my cheer at the Scooter Libby sentence is the lead-pipe likelihood of a Bush pardon ... Here's why Libby will be pardoned well before Christmas 2008, and well before Christmas 2007 ..."

And last, but certainly not least, Daphne Eviatar (Washington Independent) - who, deep in the night, still has a story entitled, "No Last-Minute Pardons for Torture, So Far ... "

Keep the faith Daphne!

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