June 28, 2005
The Karl Rove/Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) flap exquisitely highlights the differences between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats tell the truth, then apologize for it in tears. Republicans tell lies, then brazenly claim they're true (June 24). The latter is worse. But not by much. Russell Kussman Pacific Palisades It's easy to see why many Americans are turned off by politics. Partisan blowhards such as Howard Dean and Rove waste our time by spewing the misguided beliefs of the far left and far right.
July 19, 2005
Re "Top Aides Reportedly Set Sights on Wilson," July 18 So now we know that the other source in the Valerie Plame leak is I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. It is inconceivable to me that the actions of Karl Rove and Libby did not at least have the tacit approval of President Bush and Cheney. Bill Gamble North Hollywood Perhaps, when members of the left tire of their manufactured "Rove rage" and tinfoil-hat conspiracies about Rove, they can spare an ounce of outrage for the evil that was done to American civilian hostage Nick Berg?
July 15, 2005
Re "Bush Reserves Judgment on Rove Amid Probe," July 14: The only thing more ludicrous than White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's previous claims that no member of the Bush administration had anything to do with naming a CIA agent to the press is McClellan's current statements that talking about such things to the press is now inappropriate. Of course, the most ludicrous statement comes from White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove himself, claiming he "didn't know" that former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson's wife was an agent.
June 15, 2006
Re "Top Bush Aide Rove Won't Be Charged," June 14 There is still plenty we don't know about the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA operative, but here's what we do know: Someone in the administration did the leaking, an act the first President Bush characterized as treason. We do know that Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were involved at some level, despite specific, repeated denials. We do know that the president vowed to find out who did the leaking and get rid of them -- and has apparently done nothing of the sort.
November 9, 2005
Re "Rove's Security Clearance Widely Questioned," Nov. 6 It is difficult to imagine a greater betrayal of the public trust than a high government official, in time of war, leaking the name and identity of a covert CIA agent to a syndicated columnist as petty partisan revenge for the agent's husband publishing an Op-Ed article criticizing the president. Regardless of whether laws were broken, if White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or any other Bush administration official was involved in such conduct with respect to the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame, that person should not merely lose his top-secret clearance, he should resign.
November 3, 2006
Re "GOP at a loss? Karl Rove has an 11th-hour plan to win," Oct. 29 The Times' argument that White House political advisor Karl Rove has the ability to direct the actions of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is incorrect. The article also illustrates a fundamental misunderstanding of FEMA's role in disasters and the timeline under which it operates. In the case of the recent Buffalo snowstorm, where The Times says Rove played a pivotal role, FEMA was asked by the New York governor to issue an emergency declaration, which the agency promptly did. FEMA dispatched dozens of staff from its office in New York City to operations centers in both Buffalo and Albany on the first day of the disaster.
June 5, 2007
Re "Words in a time of war," Opinion, June 1 Mark Danner attributes to presidential advisor Karl Rove a quote of what defines reality. It's fascinating that the White House thinks it can define reality by "acting." The problem for the White House is that reality must be uncontradicted. The actions of nature and the laws that humans name to describe those behaviors must be a real thorn in the side of the White House. Laws such as gravity (water flows downhill) or our genetic predispositions that help explain so much of human behavior -- such as the desire to express oneself or the desire to resist attempts at domination -- contradict Rove's glib description of reality.
October 31, 2006
Re "GOP at a loss? Karl Rove has an 11th-hour plan to win," Oct. 29 So White House political guru Karl Rove "taps government resources to boost candidates in need" with "pink light" and "disaster aid." Rove and his staff "will oversee a mobilization of political employees from Cabinet agencies" to get out the Republican vote. And this is the same regime that was missing in action during the shameful Hurricane Katrina disaster? Where were the Cabinet agencies then? Anyone else's stomach turning?