Washington, DC - Following the resignation of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, Ambassador Joseph Wilson issued the following statement:
"Karl Rove's resignation signals the final chapter in the Bush administration's
betrayal of the identity of a covert CIA officer. When this breach of national
security occurred, the President promised the American people that anybody in
his administration responsible for the leak would be removed. Rove, identified
by the prosecutors as one of the leakers, not only was not summarily dismissed,
but has been allowed to leave on his own terms, to praise from the President.
This sordid tale of compromising national security to cover-up and distract from
the false rationale for the invasion of Iraq will forever remain in history a
black mark on the Bush presidency"
And then there's Josh Marshall:
With the recent news of cutbacks on funding of human intelligence in the intel
budget, there's the possibility that there were no more CIA agents whose cover
could be blown and he decided to move on to greener pastures.
Doug Feaver at the Washington Post:
His announcement came in the Wall Street Journal this morning and has generated a surge (if I may that use that word in this context) of comments, many of them expressing jubilation at the departure of one they see as evil, many more stating a firm conviction that Rove's statement to the Journal that "I've got to do this for the sake of my family" is a cover story at best and that the real reason has to be to defend himself from some yet unspecified scandal or legal hassle.
And Susan was right there for us with her brand of Big Blue Snark:
August 13 - Oh great, he screws up the entire world and then leaves to spend more time with his family. He's coming back to Texas, dammit. Can't we move that giant wall from the south border to north, east, and west borders real quick?
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