Dick Cheney outs Colin Powell, Powell agenda must be scrutinized, Cheney book sheds light on Powell and Patrick Fitzgerald, Libby and Rove victims

Dick Cheney outs Colin Powell, Powell agenda must be scrutinized, Cheney book sheds light on Powell and Patrick Fitzgerald, Libby and Rove victims

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”…Thomas Paine

Citizen Wells readers, fellow Americans, we have a three for one, a trifecta, in this article. While the focus of the article is on Colin Powell, the real Colin Powell, whose agenda now must be scrutinized, Patrick Fitzgerald and the Chicago Tribune will be exposed for their agenda. But first, Powell.

Dick Cheney has a new book out, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir.”  Cheney was interviewed by Rush Limbaugh today. During the interview Cheney explained that Colin Powell knew that Richard Armitage was the source of the Valerie Plame leak and allowed Scooter Libby and Karl Rove to be investigated. Cheney also mentioned our good friend Patrick Fitzgerald, who was recently praised by the Chicago Tribune for being apolitical. More on that later.

From the Washington Post August 29, 2011.

“Colin Powell’s cheap shot”

“On “Face the Nation” yesterday, former secretary of state Colin Powell accused former vice president Dick Cheney of taking “cheap shots” in his about-to-be released memoirs. However, in taking on Cheney’s account of the Valerie Plame matter, Powell is the one who misleads and distorts.

Powell had this to say in response to Cheney’s book, which lays blame on Powell’s deputy Richard Armitage as the real leaker who revealed Plame’s identity as a CIA employee, setting off the appointment of a special prosecutor and the eventual conviction of Scooter Libby. Powell says this:

Then he goes on to talk about the Valerie Plame affair, and tries to lay it all off on Mister Rich Armitage in the State Department and me. But the fact of the matter is when Mister Armitage realized that he was the source for Bob Novak’s column that caused all the difficulty and he called me immediately, two days after the President launched the investigation and what we did was we called the Justice Department. They sent it over the FBI. The FBI had all the information that Mister Armitage’s participation in this immediately. And we called Al Gonzalez, the President’s counsel, and told him that we had information. The FBI asked us not to share any of this with anyone else, as did Mister Gonzalez. And so, if the White House operatives had come forward as readily as Mister Armitage had done, then we wouldn’t have gone on for two more months with the FBI trying to find out what happened in the White House.

There wouldn’t have been special counsel appointed by the Justice Department who spent two years trying to get to the bottom of it. And we wouldn’t have the mess that we subsequently had. And so if the White House and the operatives in the White House and Mister Cheney’s staff and elsewhere in the White House had been as forthcoming with the FBI as Mister Armitage was, this problem would not have reached the dimensions that it reached.

Let’s count the ways in which this is inaccurate or misleading. To begin with, Powell leaves out the critical fact: He and Armitage never told the president what Armitage had done. Instead, they sat silent as the investigation played out and others, including Karl Rove and Libby, were ensnared in an investigation for a crime that, if committed at all, was one for which Armitage should rightly have been prosecuted. Powell on Sunday slyly said they informed the attorney general that they “had information.” But they most definitely did not tell him, the president or the country that the leaker was Armitage.

The best account of this comes from Michael Isikoff, hardly a Cheney or Libby apologist. In his book, he explained what unfolded after Armitage told Powell about his role in the leak:

The next day, a team of FBI agents and Justice prosecutors investigating the leak questioned the deputy secretary. Armitage acknowledged that he had passed along to Novak information contained in a classified State Department memo: that [ Joe] Wilson’s wife worked on weapons-of-mass-destruction issues at the CIA… [William Howard Taft IV, the State Department’s legal adviser] felt obligated to inform White House counsel Alberto Gonzales. But Powell and his aides feared the White House would then leak that Armitage had been Novak’s source — possibly to embarrass State Department officials who had been unenthusiastic about Bush’s Iraq policy. So Taft told Gonzales the bare minimum: that the State Department had passed some information about the case to Justice. He didn’t mention Armitage. Taft asked if Gonzales wanted to know the details. The president’s lawyer, playing the case by the book, said no, and Taft told him nothing more. Armitage’s role thus remained that rarest of Washington phenomena: a hot secret that never leaked. [Emphasis added.]
Notice that in Isikoff’s account the FBI never told Armitage and Powell to keep quiet. No, the secrecy was their idea. Moreover, Powell states that White House aides were not “forthcoming.” We know, of course, this is false. Numerous aides were dragged into FBI interview and grand jury rooms, required to pay for counsel and, in the case of Libby, prosecuted and convicted while the actual leaker’s identity remained secret. Talk about cheap shots.

Recall how all of this played out. Armitage and Powell allowed the entire country and troops in the field to believe a lie, namely that the White House had “outed” Plame. This, aside from the galling display of moral cowardice, also put the president’s reelection in jeopardy since Democrats were all too intent on making this into a huge scandal.

The extent of the dishonesty is quite stunning. In a Cabinet meeting on October 7, 2003, the White House press corps bombarded President George W. Bush with questions about who the leaker was. Bush said he didn’t know, but there would be an investigation to get to the bottom of it. Powell, who had been told by Armitage just days earlier that Armitage was the leaker, sat there next to the president, stone silent. Not very loyal or honest, was it?

Moreover, the notion that Armitage’s slip was somehow inadvertent is belied by Bob Woodward’s taped interview in which Armitage repeatedly mentions Joe Wilson’s wife, evidently doing his best to get Plame’s identity out there. This was no slip of the tongue. Woodward testified that when he spoke to Libby sometime later that Libby never said anything about Plame.

At issue here is not simply Powell and Armitage’s deception and undermining of their commander in chief. There was a victim, one whom neither Powell or Armitage has ever apologized to. The person who ultimately paid the price for this was Scooter Libby. Had the president and the country known about Armitage, a special prosecutor would never have been appointed. Libby was eventually convicted on the basis of a he-said-he-said dispute between his recollection and that of the late Tim Russert. (Charges concerning Libby’s alleged comments to Judy Miller were dismissed, and he was acquitted on the count involving Matt Cooper.) A compelling case for Libby’s innocence can be found in this account by Stan Crock.

Powell may be peeved at being fingered by Cheney. But on this one Cheney has him dead to rights. The Plame is a blot on his record and that of Armitage.

Maybe it is time to own up and make amends rather than bristling at Libby’s former boss.”

Read more:


From Citizen Wells August 15, 2011.

“On August 8, 2011, the Birther Summit issued a challenge to General Powell  based on the following:

“It was reported in May of this year that you told South Carolina State University’s 400 graduates that you particularly enjoyed a recent event: “. . . when President Obama took out his birth certificate and blew away Donald Trump and all the birthers!””

Despite the fact that you have been informed that the image placed on WhiteHouse.gov was fraudulent, you have failed to respond to the challenge. I have no other recourse than to call you a traitor and coward. I will say this to your face unless you respond according to your oath.”

Read more:


It seems that there is much about Colin Powell that we did not know.  Perhaps we will learn more.


49 responses to “Dick Cheney outs Colin Powell, Powell agenda must be scrutinized, Cheney book sheds light on Powell and Patrick Fitzgerald, Libby and Rove victims

  1. Gov. Rick Perry will be on Hannity’s Radio Show at the top of the hour 4 P.M ET 3 P.M CT.

  2. Gov. Rick Perry is next on Hannity’s Radio Show.

  3. Gov. Rick Perry is now on Hannity’s Radio Show.

  4. Gov. Perry was extradinarily well spoken on Hannity. His spontaneous answers were intelligent and showed a command over a broad spectrum of issues. Perry will destroy romney and bo in the debates.

  5. citizenwells

    I just got a response from “computer guy” author John Woodman & responded back to him.
    I will be evaluating his position.

  6. I guess it does not say much for GWB, he should have pardoned Libby. Powell is scum.

  7. Pat1789. I agree. Powell is scum.

  8. found this link in the article
    Very disturbing how Powell and Fitzpatrick ruined a good man, Scooter Libby.

  9. Great questions on the BC, CW,

    Here’s one more,

    Would Mr. Woodson be willing to go to court over this a la Doug Vogt, et al?

  10. Woodman,


  11. Powell is an idiot, in my opinion. I truely feel he is a traitor with his support of OB.

  12. http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/08/30/3089176/with-perry-surging-and-romney-slipping-gop-jews-grapple-with-a-changed-field

    “I think it’s safe to say that everyone, Jews included, was surprised” to see Perry eclipse Romney, said Tevi Troy, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former liaison to the Jewish community in George W. Bush’s White House.

    But, he added, “I have not seen evidence that Republican Jews are uncomfortable with Perry. Everyone will of course have their preferences in the primaries, but GOP Jews are in ABO mode — they will support ‘Anyone But Obama’ come November of 2012.”

  13. I think people claiming to be conservatives who say Irene would not be bad make us look foolish. Yes. Obama wanted to make political hay from the storm, but with 40 deaths, record flooding and 5 million without power, Irene was bad enough. Thank God it wasn’t worse.

  14. http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/08/30/6057/perry-assembles-extraordinary-bundler-ranks-early-weeks-campaign

    Rick Perry’s GOP presidential campaign has rapidly assembled an impressive roster of bundlers who have each signed up to bring in sums ranging from $50,000 to $500,000.

    Two veteran fundraisers for the Perry campaign, in interviews with iWatch News , put the number of recruited bundlers at more than 400 and as high as 1,000. A third said the number was “multiples” of President Obama’s bundlers.

    The Obama campaign listed 271 bundlers who had raised $50,000 or more at the end of June, accounting for about 40 percent of the $86 million that the campaign collected jointly with the Democratic National Committee.

  15. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/29/news/la-pn-cnn-poll-perry-romney-20110829

    Rick Perry pushes Mitt Romney aside atop another GOP poll

  16. Perry is very pro-Israel. Anyone who claims otherwise is not telling the truth.

  17. Where are all the Ron Paul fans? Positive intensity for Paul has almost disappeared. Cain leads and is followed by Perry. Paul has almost hit bottom. Just shows when Ron Paul can’t bus people to straw polls, he can’t win.


  18. Judge Lambert has dismissed Taitz vs. Astrue in its entirety.

    Claims Taitz received her documentation illegally.


  19. Bad link.

    Story is top of the blog.

  20. Apologies.

    Just can’t get it.

  21. If Hillary runs, she will have to go left of Obama, or she will have to show first he is not eligible, otherwise blacks will hate her for going against their God.

  22. citizenwells

    I have established a strong dialogue with Mr. Woodman.
    Time will tell.

  23. It gets worse,

    The first page of Lambert’s judgement is a hit piece on Orly, effectively discrediting her.

    The comments section is filling up with questions of legal actions against her including possible disbarment.

    We can imagine how the media will roll with this.

  24. Thanks for the heads up, CW,

  25. Tina,

    hillary will be running a right of center campaign against bo as evidenced by the post by hillary/demRats like Paxson:

    Paxson | March 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm |

    “Hillary… is looking like Barry frigging Goldwater to me right now. She’s the only grown up in the room and…there is no doubt that she is an American and loves our country…”

    hillary will take bo out by having hillary demRat judges and DA’s get bo indicted in multiple jurisdictions across the US. Of course, hillary will attempt to blame the indictments on a “vast right-wing” Tea-Party “conspiracy.” At the same time hillary will have hillary demRat “journalists” expose bo as a homosexual which will destroy his base in the Black Community.

  26. Tina | August 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    If Hillary runs, she will have to go left of Obama, or she will have to show first he is not eligible, otherwise blacks will hate her for going against their God.
    Exactly why she is not running, Obama get’s %99.9 of black vote and he’s the incumbent. She could not beat him, end of story.

  27. CW. Can you please send Leo a private email and ask him to cease and desist with his attacks on individuals that you know in your heart are on the right side of this battle? I’m not sure what triggered his mental illness to have to go down this road again after all if this time, but it’s extremely counter productive to our movement.

  28. How can bo wage a primary campaign against hillary if she gets him indicted in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, California etc. etc.?

    Answer: bo can’t win if hillary goes for his throat and she will.

    And the Black Community will turn on bo in an instant as soon as he is exposed as a Homosexual.

  29. Paxson | March 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm |

    “Hillary… is looking like Barry frigging Goldwater to me right now. She’s the only grown up in the room and…there is no doubt that she is an American and loves our country…”

  30. http://news.yahoo.com/democrats-try-undermine-rick-perry-151205165.html

    The Democrats are doing all they can to undermine Texas Governor Rick Perry as a credible Republican presidential candidate even though he has only been in the race for a couple of weeks.

  31. Interested Bystander


    For someone who has experienced the wrath of the “powers that be” by distortion and out right LIES, you sure do seem to have gone down the path that you so dislike.

    For you to continue to use the statement by Paxson OUT OF CONTEXT shows YOUR agenda.

    You “sir” are a hypocrite of the highest order.

    Paxson is a good commentor, and just because you disagree with the comments Paxson makes, doesn’t mean you are on opposite sides.

    However, you have alienated yourself by continually selectively ediing comments to suit YOUR agenda.

    t was so nice around here when you and Pat took your time off.

    Your repeated comments are annoying, and I am not the only one who believes this.

    Give it a break already.

  32. Paxson | March 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm |

    “Hillary… is looking like Barry frigging Goldwater to me right now. She’s the only grown up in the room and…there is no doubt that she is an American and loves our country…”

  33. Orly already firing back on her blog on Lambert’s judgment.

    You go girl!

  34. If Hillary were going to expose Bo as a homo, why didn’t she do it before?
    If she is going to get him thrown in jail, again, why not before?

  35. Rick Perry sides with Obama on illegal immigration

  36. Obama and Holder taking on Arizona SB 170

    important timely video from Prof. Terry J. Lovell at Patriot Network TV


    Also … another one of Obama’s illegal alien relatives arrested in Massachusetts


  37. hillary has the most hideous lust for power since lbj.

  38. Tina | August 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    If Hillary were going to expose Bo as a homo, why didn’t she do it before?
    If she is going to get him thrown in jail, again, why not before?

    billary did their best to get bo indicted but they have failed so far. It is as simple as that.

    bo is the clinton’s Frankenstein. They promoted him because they thought it would be easy for hillary to beat a muslim communist pervert. They never dreamed that the demRats would nominate the pervert, but bo bundled 600 million from the chicago mob and muslim and he tapped into the demRat communist and homosexual base.

    The clintons will get bo indicted now for the simple reason that is the only way that they can beat their Frankenstein.

  39. http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/hillary_obama_assassination_insurance/

    Hillary Clinton saying she is staying in the race just in case Barack Obama gets assassinated.

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