James Baker ponders his next move in getting Junior's dick out of the wringer.
See, the problem is not the policy, and the war, and the lies, it's the political disaster awaiting them if they were found out. I don't what they're so worried about; everyone already has an instinctive knowledge of the truth, if not the specifics, and there's still no assurance that the Democrats will take back over. And even if they do, how many will take the John Conyers route and call for aggressive investigations, and how many will sit on their thumbs and try to burnish their "serious centrist" credentials for that tilt at the '08 windmill?
Still, it's good to see that Baker, as ever, has his priorities straight. Fuck what's good for the country and the world; what's in it for the Republicans?
So long as you agree with him, that is. Otherwise, fuck you very much, and don't talk to the media or we'll wreck your careers, tie meat to your legs, and send our smear dogs after your asses.
As for Wolf's rhetorical "If you're so confident" plaint, he might as well match that question up to why they've lied, concealed, and elided at every opportunity, and why every human political obstacle has either been fired or smeared. Good luck with that one.
Time is indeed running out for Baker, as Bush's feeble defenses against the utility of even a modest, penciled-in timetable wear ever thinner. Baker's real goal here is to save face and put the sacred "bipartisan" imprimatur on it. I don't know if Democratic members such as Leon Panetta and Vernon Jordan think it's just the right thing to do, or if their party will be able to sell the results as their own as efficiently as the Republicans will, but politically for them this is a real gamble played with a marked deck. If everyone's really interested in finding a genuine solution to unshit Junior's bed and keep from wasting any more lives, great. But forgive me for being a wee bit cynical about any project led by the likes of Baker. He and Cheney sold their souls at the same auction long ago.
Yeah, Baker "desperately wants to avoid" politicizing the report before the elections like Paris Hilton desperately wants to avoid random cock. Again, pardon my cynicism, but I would make bank on, at the very least, some sort of October surprise, perhaps an "anonymous" leak, usefully stenographed a scoop-sniffing "journamalist" who doesn't mind being played, and aggressively marketed by the usual echo chamber with suspicious harmony, with perhaps a lilting segue into the next venture next door.
Because it's not just Junior that's in need of the intervention, it's the guys whose first instinct is to threaten to send somebody else's kid over to fight and die.