This is a 1, 2, 3 post.
1) The first paragraphs of the Durham Herald Sun's Dec. 4 account of former presidential aide Karl Rove's appearance at Duke University.
2) A H-S op-ed published a few days later in which the first person to "question" Rove at the Duke event, documentary film maker and activist Rebecca Cerese, introduces herself and explains her "question." Her op-ed is presented complete and uninterrupted.
3) JinC comments concerning Cerese's op-ed and an excerpt from a Sept. 2006 CNN news report concerning former State Department official Richard Armitage and Valerie Plame, a CIA employee who for more than five years before she was "outed" commuted from her Washington, DC home to her job at CIA headquarters in Langley, VA.
1) The H-S story begins:
Karl Rove encountered hecklers and protesters at Duke University Monday night, some accusing him of being a fraud, a traitor and even a killer.2) Here's Rebecca Cerese's H-S op-ed - - -
President Bush's former White House deputy chief of staff and senior adviser appeared in Page Auditorium for a "conversation" with Duke political science professor Peter Feaver.
But the situation intensified when the floor was opened to questions […]
I am the woman who asked the first question of Karl Rove at Duke University on Dec. 3. I want to clarify the context of my question, respond to Rove's answer and expand on a few other issues from the article in The Herald-Sun.
My question started with a 1999 quote from former President George H.W. Bush. Bush, former head of the CIA, stated, "I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors."
It is within this context I asked my question which was: "Since you were so intimately involved with the outing of a CIA asset who not only was covert, but working on issues concerning weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and Iran, I was wondering when does your trial for treason start?"
Rove responded that these were slanderous comments, and questioned my faith in the Justice Department and in Patrick Fitzgerald.
He then added, "If anything that you had to say had a bit of truth in it, I wouldn't be sitting on this stage."
It is important to remember that Patrick Fitzgerald was never able to get to the bottom of the Valerie Plame scandal because I "Scooter" Libby perjured himself and obstructed justice, and then had his prison sentence commuted by President George W. Bush.
We do, however, have Matt Cooper's testimony that Karl Rove was the person who told him Valerie Plame's identity.
Second, I want to respond to some of the comments put forth by the conservative student leadership at Duke, that anyone who protests is "absolutely undignified," and "everything that is wrong with things these days." I would like to counter that by saying that people who don't believe that there is a place for dissent in this country, and want to suppress freedom of speech are what is truly wrong with this country.
I was also taken aback by Stephen Miller's fears that someone would pull a gun or knife on Rove. The protesters present were there to oppose the heinous and tragic violence unleashed on the rest of the world by this administration and were all completely non-violent.
Obviously non-violence is a concept lost on people who support the bloodthirsty war-mongering of Rove and the current administration.
I am sick to death of people questioning the patriotism of liberal Americans who have opposing views on the war and other major issues. Robert Kennedy said, "The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country."
My love for my country goes so deep that I am willing to stand up and speak out against a lawless bunch of criminals who have hijacked our government, and continue to wrap themselves in the flag even as they shred the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Throughout history, America has moved closer to its ideals of eqfuality for all only when ordinary citizens speak out about injustices and demand change. Today, we need that more than ever, and a vigorous exchange of ideas from all sides should be welcomed, as we determine the type of America we wish to live in.
Do you think self-proclaimed patriot Rebecca Cerese knows about former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage?
This from CNN News on Sept. 8, 2006:
Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage acknowledged Thursday that he was the source who first revealed the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame to syndicated columnist Robert Novak back in 2003, touching off a federal investigation.I want to put aside for now Armitage's concerns about all the people he let down, including many of those not mentioned in the CNN report: Karl Rove, for example.
Armitage told the CBS Evening News that he did so inadvertently.
"I feel terrible," Armitage said. "Every day, I think, I let down the president. I let down the secretary of state. I let down my department, my family, and I also let down Mr. and Mrs. Wilson."
A more pertinent question now has to do with why Cesere never mentions Armitage as a traitor needing to be punished?
Why could that?
Shouldn't it matter to Cerese that Armitage, not Rove, "outed" Plame?