Scandal in the White House

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2005

America is looking at the biggest scandal in the White House since Watergate. This of course is Dick Cheney's chief of staff being charged with obstructing an investigation into the White House cover-up of the lies that led our nation to war in Iraq.

One of the more egregious examples of this cover-up and abuse of power was the two senior White House officials who outed CIA operative Valerie Plame as punishment for her husband's revelations about the administration's Iraq lies - a clear effort by the White House to cover up the lies that brought our nation to war.

Karl Rove and Scooter Libby were part of the White House Iraq Group. This secretive team operated out of Cheney's office and was formed to sell the case for war. According to the New York Daily News, WHIG "morphed into a virtual hit squad that took aim at critics who questioned its claims."

Recall also that in 2002 Joe Wilson was sent by the CIA to Niger to investigate if Iraq was trying to buy nuclear materials. He discovered those claims were a lie. He told the CIA, and they told the White House. Bush made the discredited claim in his 2003 State of the Union Address as he made the case for war.

As Americans we need to ask the tough questions. Why Did Bush repeat the discredited nuclear claim? A CBS News polling report in late 2002 made clear, "there is no consensus on adopting a pre-emptive strike policy in general - except where a nuclear attack against the United States is contemplated."

The American people must know the truth about this indictment. The Bush administration will try to minimize the significance of today's indictment. The American people must know that today's indictment is about the White House cover-up of the lies that led our nation to war in Iraq.

Until Bush cleans house we will not be able to trust our government until every one of the White House officials who conspired to mislead the American public into war with Iraq are out of the administration. President Bush has an obligation to clean house of all the liars.

Eric Coufal


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