During the 2004 Presidential Race, John Kerry was called naive. I started to notice this in the emails sent over his mailing list since the election. The most glaring example has been his Fire Rove campaign. Clearly Kerry has lost his focus on the big picture, because Rove shouldn't be the only one fired. It should be Bush, Cheney, and all of their top advisers.
In 2003 Bush called for war on Iraq because Saddam Hussein was supposedly developing and/or possessed weapons of mass destruction. After toppling Saddam zero weapons of mass destruction were found, which matched up with what the United Nations' inspectors had said prior to the invasion.
Back in May 2005, the Downing Street Memo was published. That memo recorded minutes during the British Prime Minister's meeting on July 23, 2002, eight months before the United States invaded Iraq. Other memos have since been released, and they all paint a picture that the Bush administration was intent on invading Iraq despite little if any intelligence supporting their case for war.
With the recent sentencing of two reporters for revealing the identity of CIA agent Valarie Wilson, an investigation into the source of the leak led to Karl Rove, Bush's closest adviser. Karl Rove had mentioned her husband's name to the conservative columnist Robert Novak and then to Mathew Cooper, a reporter of Time magazine.
This latest saga began when Valerie Wilson's husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, took a trip in 2002 to Niger to investigate a report that claimed that Saddam Hussein had attempted to obtain yellow-cake uranium to be used in the production of nuclear weapons. Wilson found no such evidence, and this clearly contradicted one of Bush's primary reasons for invading Iraq.
Three months after the war began, Wilson disclosed his findings in an Op-Ed article that appeared in the New York Times, and shortly thereafter Robert Novak and Mathew Cooper questioned Karl Rove about Wilson in which Rove revealed that Wilson is married to a CIA operative.
With news of Rove's involvement, John Kerry naively began his Fire Rove campaign because Bush vowed to fire the source of that leak. But Kerry has missed the bigger picture with his Fire Rove campaign because this is just one piece in an ongoing scandal.
The pieces that we have on this scandal so far are the reality that no WMDs were found in Iraq, the Downing Street memo, and Joseph Wilson's investigation which all point to what everyone already knows: Bush didn't lie about a blow-job in the oval office. He lied his way into Iraq. That he lied to goto war that has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis and nearly 2,000 US troops. So with Rehnquist on the verge, Kerry should not be calling for the firing of Rove. He should be calling for the firing of Bush, Cheney, and all of their top advisers.
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