In 1985, Karl Rove bugged his own office in order to smear the opposition of his client, Texas Gubernatorial challenger Bill Clements. In a memo to Clements, Rove quoted Napoleon, "The whole art of war is a well reasoned and extremely circumspect defense, followed by a rapid and audacious attack." This type of tactic has devastated his opponents again and again, and elevated him politically to what is arguably the most powerful position in world - the brain of the leader of the free world.
Recently, Rove outed an undercover CIA operative, Valerie Plame, and blamed her husband and her employer because they contradicted the administration's false claims of WMD's as a pretense to go to war with Iraq. This act of pure political vengeance has endangered our national security, and amounts to no less than treason, and/or perjury, but Rove still has a job, despite the fact that Bush promised to fire anyone in his administration who leaked her name.
Today, as reported by Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei of the Washington Post, the prosecutor in the CIA leak case is casting a wide net. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/26/AR2005072602069.html The White House effort to discredit Wilson is being examined in detail. As the facts come in, we learn that the conspiracy was far wider than we thought, and Republicans are scrambling to cover everything up, and not one of them has stood up and called for Rove's job. That means they value politics more than national security. Indeed, the President has now moved the goal posts back further by saying that anyone involved in a CRIME should be fired. If he is not fired, or frog-marched out of the White House in hand-cuffs, then at least there needs to be a public apology, and a full accounting to the American people about who knew what and when. That might not be enough for everyone, but it would satisfy me, because nothing is more embarrassing to these arrogant traitors than having to tell the truth.