by Scoobie Davis
Thoughts on Fitzmas Eve
Robert Parry had some trenchant insights on the possible outcomes of the Treasongate scandal. Parry points out that Treasongate can result in going all the way to the top like Watergate or it could be more contained like Iran-Contra in which underlings took most of the flack--even though there is now ample evidence that President Reagan and Vice President Bush were more involved than they claimed they were. What was the difference between the two scandal? Parry rightly points out that an emerging partisan right-wing media establishment was emerging at the time of Iran-Contra that didn't exist during Watergate. Also, conciliatory (that's Parry's word; I would use the word "feckless") Democratic members of Congress like Lee Hamilton helped Reagan and Bush "by largely laying the blame on a few Â?men of zealÂ? and faulting Reagan only for inattention to details. The role of the elder George Bush was left almost entirely unexamined."
That's bad news on the media front because the right's noise machine is exponentially more powerful now than it was in 1986. I have little confidence in most Democratic members of Congress--most don't know what the score is. I think bloggers should do what they can to expose the truth on this matter and fight the right wing media's lies.Itit won't be easy but if we get an impeachment, then it would not only be a repudiation of the Bush regime but it would certainly be a scenario in which Bush would regret having stolen the election which led to his selection as president. Let's celebrate tomorrow but remember that the heavy lifting is yet to come.