Karl Rove, the president’s chief advisor and reportedly
the main puppeteer behind the throne, could eventually prove to be the
weak link in the White House that brings down this administration. Rove,
who has a reputation as a venomous, power hungry, egotist, is also known
for his evil nature in seeking revenge for anyone who crosses him.
Rove exemplifies the power mad clique of high-level advisors that surround
Bush. They are also entirely too typical of the sort of people (and
in some cases actually are the same people) that surrounded Nixon
These people are driven by a cause that does not involve the welfare
of America or its citizens. They support an alternative motive that
promotes the generation of power for themselves and wealth for their
friends, families and the companies with which they are associated.
These are primarily the military industries and Big Oil.
In the Nixon era his advisors were drunk with power. They flagrantly
disregarded the rules and actually invented the concept of “dirty
tricks.” They operated so effortlessly below the radar that they
got careless. When Watergate brought them down and drove Nixon into
exile it was a miniscule tip of the iceberg. There was so much illegal
activity going on that Nixon found it expedient to resign and leave
town rather than risk further investigations.
The same thing happened in the Reagan White House, where the illegal
arms for oil operation known as the Contra Affair, actually operated
out of the basement of the White House in spite of explicit legislation
from the Congress.
These people believe they are above the law. They are driven by the
excitement of power and believe themselves to be more intelligent and
knowledgeable than everyone else. They ignore all advice that contradicts
their opinions and trudge ahead implanting their own agendas. This,
to a great degree, is the reason the US went to war in Iraq.
Karl Rove exemplifies the type of people who relish the power behind
the Office of the President. He is power mad and out of control. Unless
he is reigned in, he could prove to be the downfall of the Bush Regime.
Rove is also reportedly the guy who "leaked" the information
on Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife, the CIA agent. Ambassador Wilson,
himself, named Rove as the source of the leak during a Washington symposium.
This action was apparently initiated in a fit of revenge for Wilson's
report on Iraq, which refused to support the administration's claims
of weapons of mass destruction and attempts at building nuclear weapons.
There are now reports that Mrs Wilson's entire team of overseas agents
has been liquidated because of this. Rove, if proven guilty could face
a mandatory prison term of 10 years to life, according to the 1982 Intelligence
Identity Protection Act.
It's questionable whether Rove will be investigated. The Administration
has its big guns out in an attempt to suppress any investigations. Wilson's
status as an ambassador may prove key here. The administration is claiming
he no longer held the position at the time of the leaks. Wilson claims
he was still formally employed by the State Department and had three
weeks left on his contract at the time.
This is an important issue because if Wilson was an official US Ambassador
at the time and the case goes before the US Court of Appeals the Secretary
of State, Colin Powell, cannot refuse to formally petition the Department
of Justice for the prosecution of Karl Rove and an investigation into
the roles of the president and vice president in this fiasco.
Powell could also undertake this action on his own and sign a formal
complaint from the State Department, but this is highly unlikely.
If Rove were to implicate Bush in this matter, revealing the president
as the source of an order resulting in this crime, it would remove the
shield of immunity enjoyed by the president and Bush, himself, could
be tried for murder.
Rove, by the way, holds a dual citizenship, the US and Germany, and
his diplomatic status would enable him to flee the country. If he were
to escape to Switzerland he could not be extradited.
This is an interesting issue as we move into an election year. It is
also another under-reported issue in the national media. The Administration
is applying huge amounts of pressure to keep a cover on the story and
even the Democrats, including Howard Dean, are hesitant to mention it
By the way, do you know Karl Rove's real name?
Karl Roverer. He is the grandson of Karl Heinz Roverer, the man whose
company built Birchenau, a concentration camp in Nazi Germany.