I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has apparently told prosecutors that President Bush had authorized him to leak certain classified information prior to his meeting with New York Times reporter Judith Miller (in which CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity was leaked). Bush is thought to have given the authorization in order to help combat mounting criticism from U.S. Ambassador Jospeh Wilson (and others) regarding the Bush administration's failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (especially after using the existence of such weapons as a central reason for the U.S. invasion). It is not clear that Bush specifically authorized the leak of Valerie Plame's CIA affiliation, but the revelation that he authorized the leak of any classified information during the Plame Affair remains somewhat shocking in the face of the tough stance which the Bush White House has taken against the leaking of classified informaton and in light of the fact that Bush has remained silent on this matter while Judith Miller spent over 80 days in jail protecting the identity of Scooter Libby , and in light of the fact that Mr. Libby, himself, now faces indictments carrying penalties amounting to up to 30 years in prison.
Critics of the president have already jumped on this, with Howard Dean stating the president's declassification of sensitive materials for political gain demonstrates the fact that the president's true allegiance lies with his party and himself rather than with his constituents.
Steanso agrees with Howard Dean, and not for the first time. Steanso is also not surprised to learn that the president engaged in such foolish, petty behavior in order to strike out at his adversaries, but then his behind his subordinates when it came time for an accounting regarding the leaks. Hubris. It's our word of the day, Adventurers. For those of you who are scratching your heads, hubris is a word of Greek origin meaning exaggerated pride or self confidence. Hubris is the common trait possessed by many central characters of Greek tradgedy, and it invariably leads to their downfall. Willful pride. Underestimation of one's enemies and the obstacles one faces. A belief in one's own infallibility.
Steanso believes that we have a man sitting in the office of Commander in Chief who uses the powers of that office to satisfy his own personal whims and petty vendettas rather than for the benefit of the people that he is sworn to serve. Perhaps all presidents have engaged in such behavior to some extent, but Steanso believes that few of them have abused their power as consistently, repeatedly, and exclusively as George W. Bush. Bush believes his actions to be above reproach or consequence, and so far, sadly, this "might makes right" mentality has served him fairly well.
In other news, Crack practice last night went very well, I thought. Lots of long, drawn out, trance-inducing grooves, cause that's where we are right now. It's good. Crackbass has really begun to find his niche in holding down rhythms and building foundations, and Feral Andy and Sig have gotten pretty good at producing some interesting melodies and playing together. We've still got rough patches, but we're having more hits than misses these days, and that's something. Overall, we're talking to each other pretty well in a musical sense, and the tunes are still taking me out of my own head, so that's a very good sign.