Saturday, March 24, 2007

Bill Maher on the outing of Valerie Plame

Here's a link to the video of Maher's "New Rules" segment from March 23. The part about the Plame outing is at the two minute mark, right after he makes fun of old people in the post office...

And finally, new rule...traitors don't get to question my patriotism! What could be less patriotic than *constantly* screwing things up for America? You know, it's literally hard to keep up with the sheer volume of scandals in the Bush administration, which is why I like to download the latest scandals right onto my iPod. That way I can catch up on this week's giant f*ck up on my drive into work. (Laughter). In fact, Bush has so many scandals, he could open a chain of scandal-and-f*ck-up themed restaurants. "Ooh, should I get the Harriet Miers meatloaf of the Katrina crabcakes?"

You know, not to generalize, but the 29% of people who still support President Bush are the ones who love to pronounce themselves more patriotic than the rest of us. But just *saying* you're patriotic, is like saying you have a big c*ck--if you have to say it, chances are it's not true! (Laughter and applause.) And indeed the party that flatters itself that they protect America better, is the party that has exhausted the military, left the ports wide open, and purposefully outed a CIA agent, Valerie Plame. That's not treason any more--outing a spy? Did I mention it was one of our spies? (Laughter.)

And how despicable that Bush's lackies attempted to diminish this crime by belittling her service, like she was just some chick who "hung around the CIA". Heh, heh. An intern, really! Groupie, if you want to be mean about it... (Laughter.)

No--big lie! Valerie Plame was the CIA's operational officer in charge of counter-proliferation. Which means, she tracked loose nukes. So when Bush said, as he once did, that his absolute number one priority was preventing terrorists from getting loose nukes? Okay, that's what she worked on. That's what she devoted her life to, staying under cover for 20 years. Maintaining two identities every g*ddamn day. This is extraordinary service to your country! Valerie Plame was the kind of real-life secret agent George Bush dreams of being, when he's not too busy pretending to be a cowboy or a fighter pilot! (Laughter and applause.)

CIA agents are troops. This was a military assassination, of one of our own, done through the press, ordered by Karl Rove. He said of Valerie Plame, "She's fair game." And then Cheney shot her. (Laughter.)

George Bush likes to claim that he doesn't question his critics' patriotism, just their judgment. Well, let me be the first of your critics, Mr. President, to question your judgment and your patriotism (clapping) because let's not forget why they did it to her.

Because Valerie Plame was married to this guy Joe Wilson, who the Bush people hated, because he busted them on one of their bullsh*t reasons for invading Iraq. He was sent to the African country of Niger to see if Niger was selling nuclear fuel to Iraq. They weren't, it was bullsh*t, and he said so. In fact, his report was called, "Niger please!" (Laughter.)

Valerie Plame's husband told the truth about their lies, so they were willing to jeopardize an entire network of spies to ruin her life! Wow--even the mob doesn't go after your family.

Mark Twain said "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. And I say, Valerie Plame is a patriot, because she spent her life serving her country. Scooter Libby is not, because he spent his life serving Dick Cheney. Valerie Plame kept her secrets--the Bush administration leaked like the plumbing at Walter Reed.

In the year 2008, I really think that Hillary Clinton should run for president on a platform of "restoring honor and integrity to the Oval Office".

REAL patriots don't out CIA operatives


Democrat is not a Dirty Word said...

And to make matters worse, they never even had the good grace to apologize for it, as was pointedly observed by Henry Waxman in his questioning during Valerie's testimony.

Anonymous said...

Preach it, Brother Maher!

As the late Richard Jeni said, "Comedians are the only people given permission to tell the truth."

But isn't it a shame when you have to go to The Daily Show for the "real" news, and angry, clear-eyed skeptics like Bill Maher are saying things the talking heads on empTV are afraid to say?

Sometimes it ain't funny--even when it is.

Flirtin with Disaster said...

Thanks for posting this Renee.

I missed it last night. We really need more people like Maher who speak truth to power and smart enough to ferret out the truth from all the bull.