Karl Rove Takes Questions on Iraq and PlameGate

Karl Rove was in Aspen this weekend for the Aspen Ideas Festival. He spoke and answered questions about a range of issues from Iraq to Guantanamo and the leak of former CIA Agent Valerie Plame's identity. His role as Bush's water-carrier continues.

On Gitmo:

"It may not be Gitmo," Rove said about where the prisoners might go. "But it's going to be the brig in Charleston, South Carolina. Or it's going to be the Pitkin County Jail. Or the Florence, Colorado maximum-security facility. We've got to hold them somewhere. These are bad people. These are people who threatened the United States of America."

As Rove tells it, the biggest problem at Guantanamo is weight gain.

On his role in the CIA leak:

"My contribution to this was to say to a reporter, which is a lesson about talking to reporters, the words 'I heard that, too.'"


all he told Matt Cooper of Time magazine, in an off-the-record conversation, was to be careful about reporting the Wilson story.

He denies being part of the discussions to commute Scooter Libby's sentence, but defended the decision:

According to Rove,

...the President's statement "hit the right tone" as it was "respectful of the decision" that Libby "was guilty of misleading the grand jury."

So perjury and obstruction of justice are now reduced to "misleading the grand jury?"

Here's what Rove had to say last year at the Festival.

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    Rover (none / 0) (#1)
    by aztrias on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 09:35:39 PM EST
    Rove has Magical powers which let him and El President identify and hold "bad people" "who threatened the United States of America."

    i need a laxative, now. . . (none / 0) (#2)
    by the rainnn on Mon Jul 09, 2007 at 11:55:48 PM EST
    rove telling us(?) what is the
    "right tone" for effectively
    silencing -- and then exonerating,
    a convicted perjurer and
    obstructor of justice, in a
    national security case, in-
    volving the president and
    vice-president -- well. . .


    he is sickening.

    What I liked... (none / 0) (#3)
    by TomStewart on Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 03:47:49 AM EST
    was the burst of laughter after Rover answered the question about Rumsfeld calling off the strike on Al Qada leaders. He said that America does not make pre-emptive strikes on other countries. Huge laugh.

    Even the base doesn't believe Rover's BS anymore.

    Really, this is what America deserves, this is what we've come to? The smug bully-boy tactics of Bush/Cheney/Rove? The constant secrecy, the skating the edges of the law, and the just plain outright lying? Is this what people voted for in '04 (I don't include '00, Bush lost that one)?

    '08 can't come soon enough.

    Our Own Axis Of Evil (none / 0) (#4)
    by john horse on Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 04:48:01 PM EST
    If the purpose of Guantanamo is to put away "bad people" then we need to reserve space there for our own Axis of Evil - Bush, Cheney, Rove, Gonzales. I can understand how some Muslims felt about the the prison guards at Guantanamo who tore up the Koran piece by piece and flushed it down the toilet because I think thats what the Bush administration is doing to our Constitution.