Friday, June 03, 2005

Whistle-blowing 101

Class is now in session:

With the "final secret" -- in the words of former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee -- now broken, it's worth looking back at the granddaddy of all whistle-blowers and see what lessons can be learned:

Follow the money: That was the advice Deep Throat gave Bernstein and Woodward, and the money trail was one of the things that led them to the White House.

[Someone's been reading Rude Pundit. ]

The instruction continues. Shorter:

Cover your tracks.
Better yet, don't leave any tracks.
One person can make a difference.
But one person isn't enough.
Make sure your confidante is trustworthy.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"

Business Week concludes: "Felt, and many whistle-blowers after him, made a difference. But first, they made a choice."

Which got me thinking about Colin Powell, and Tuesday, when George W. dined at Powell's house. Why, I wondered. Why would Bush go to the Powell's for dinner? It's no secret that George W. doesn't respect Colin Powell. Hell, I'll bet he doesn't even like him, not after the way Bush pulled Powell's strings and made him goose-step Bush's lies before the UN, forever tainting Powell's honor and credibility, an esteem he'd spent a lifetime earning. I mean, friends don't ask friends to lie for them. So why dinner on the fly?

Could it be that Rove and Bush fear a ColinGate? Did Bush go to make nice with Colin, what with all this Deep Throat bidness swirling about? Did Team Bush's collective asshole suddenly pucker shut when realizing that if Colin melted down because of "overwhelming stress" or snapped in a desperate desire to redeem his honor, his legacy, to re-rail all that derailed accomplishment, and became today's Deepest Throat, upchucking all he knows about Team Bush's White House MisAdventures (and we know Colin's got dirt to spew), Team Bush would go down faster than JimmyJeff on the prowl?


A girl can dream, can't she?


At 9:09 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

Gee, naw, Cap. Dubya taking a little stick and carrot to Colin so he doesn't blab?




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