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Karl Rove Confronted
Karl Rove Confronted
February 20, 2008
This Thursday demonstrators protested outside Vancouver's Fraser Institute, in denunciation of Karl Rove in his first Canadian public speaking engagement.
The talking series, Illuminismo, billed at $500 per seat, featured Rove to speak on U.S. Politics.
"Politics. In the midst of the American Presidential Primaries, this is the first Canadian appearance by the controversial political strategist and former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush."
Other speakers in the series included environmentalist Bjorn Lomberg, biologist and science writer Richard Dawkins and political columnist Mark Steyn.
Rove seems to be the odd man out and a peculiar choice for the lecture series. Protesters outside cried out shaming the Fraser institute for it's poor taste. Demonstrators chanted, 'War Criminal' and 'To the Hague' one man on the bullhorn speaking outside, 'Mr Rove you are unwelcome in the city of Vancouver. Please leave and never ever come back.'
CBC Vancouver covered the event, showing footage of hundreds of angry and loud demonstrators. A sampling of banners that appeared on local CBC television included 'NoWar.ca' and '911 was an inside job'. CBC accredited the demonstration to be held by We Are Change Vancouver.
The story was not picked up by any other media outlet and no further comment has been given on cbc.ca.
Karl Rove at the Radio-Television Correspondents' Association Dinner
Host: We just want to ask you some questions
Rove: Lots of people want to ask me questions
Host: What do you like to do for fun, when you're not working. Do you have any hobbies?
Rove: I like to go home, have a drink, generally of the non alcholalic kind since I don't drink, and tear the tops off of small animals
Host: They're so much better when they're topless aren't they?
Rove was born in 1950, in Denver, Colorado. He attended the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University; he does not hold a degree. Rove reportedly dropped out of the University of Utah to become the executive director of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) from 1970-1972." He then went on to become CRNC National Chairman for 1973-1974.
In Texas he did campaign work for a number of Texas republicans and earned for himself a reputation of being a cunning political strategist. In 1980, he ran George Herbert Walker Bush's unsuccessful primary campaign for president against Ronald Reagan. He founded a political consulting firm, Karl Rove & Company, in Austin, Texas in 1981. Rove helped George W. Bush win the Texas gubernatorial election in 1994. Then served as chief strategists for Bush's presidential campaign in 2000.
In the book by journalists James Moore and Wayne Slater, Bush's Brain, which chronicling Rove's early political career, involving many underhanded techniques of smearing campaigns and discrediting opponents. He is known widely now as being a 'savage political strategist', America's Joseph Goebbels.
Karl Rove accompanied his candidate George Walker Bush to Washington in 2001. Rove became Bush's Special Advisor. Rove is credited as being the Architect of the Bush presidency, influencing White House policy. He held positions in "the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison and the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the White House."
Rove is connected in part to the to the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame in retaliation for her husband Joseph Wilson's exposure of the exaggerated case for war in Iraq, concerning the threat of WMDs.
This has been noted in the media as a crime for which he could, if tried, be convicted of high treason, because of the reckless endangerment of the lives of CIA agents, their families and colleagues as well as undermining undercover operations.
In February 2005, Rove was appointed deputy White House chief of staff. In his new role, Rove's responsibilities include coordinating policy between the White House Domestic Policy Council, National Economic Council, National Security Council and Homeland Security Council.
Rove rssigned from office in 2007 and will be a pundit on Fox News.
The Project for the Exposure of Hidden Institutions
Karl Rove is a participating member at Bohemian Grove, a mens club for political and corporate insiders, where mock sacrifice to human effigies to the pagan god Baal are performed. Pehi.eu disects Rove's sinister background:
"In 1970, as a protégé of Donald Segretti (later convicted as a Watergate conspirator), Karl Rove sneaked into the campaign office of Illinois Democrat Alan Dixon and stole some letterhead, which he used to print fake campaign rally fliers promising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing," and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters. Rove admitted the incident years later, saying "I was nineteen and I got involved in a political prank."
In 1993, Rove began advising George W. Bush's gubernatorial campaign. He continued, however, to operate his consulting business until 1999, when he sold the firm to focus his efforts on Bush's bid for the presidency. In 1986, just before a crucial debate in the election for governor of Texas, Karl Rove claimed that his office had been bugged by the Democrats. The police and FBI investigated and discovered that bug's battery was so small that it needed to be changed every few hours, and the investigation was dropped. Critics alleged that Rove had bugged his own office to garner sympathy votes in the close governor's race.
Rove is thought to be behind misleading Swift Boat Veterans for Truth television ads that quoted Kerry as saying U.S. military personnel in Vietnam "had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads," "randomly shot at civilians," and "razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan," without Kerry's qualification that he was reporting what others said at a Vietnam veterans' conference, and not what Kerry had personally witnessed. Another ad from SBVT accused Kerry of lying to win his Vietnam combat medals.
Rove has been accused of pulling many other dirty tricks over the years. In March 2001, Rove met with executives from Intel, successfully advocating a merger between a Dutch company and an Intel company supplier. Rove owned $100,000 in Intel stock at the time. In June 2001, Rove met with two pharmaceutical industry lobbyists. At the time, Rove held almost $250,000 in drug industry stocks. On 30 June 2001, Rove divested his stocks in 23 companies, which included more than $100,000 in each of Enron, Boeing, General Electric, and Pfizer. On 30 June 2001, the White House admitted that Rove was involved in administration energy policy meetings, while at the same time holding stock in energy companies including Enron."
The Call for Impeachment, War Crimes, Treasonable Offences, Subversion of the American Constitution
Citizens call for impeachment trials of the Bush White House administration for the following reasons;
1. Violating the United Nations Charter by launching an illegal war of aggression against Iraq without cause, using fraud to sell the war to Congress and the public, and misusing government funds to begin bombing without Congressional authorization.
2. Violating U.S. and international law by authorizing the torture of thousands of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths, and keeping prisoners hidden from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
3. Violating the Constitution by arbitrarily detaining Americans, legal residents, and non-Americans, without due process, without charge, and without access to counsel.
4. Violating the Geneva Conventions by targeting civilians, journalists, hospitals, and ambulances, and using illegal weapons, including white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new type of napalm.
5. Violating U.S. law and the Constitution through widespread wiretapping of the phone calls and emails of Americans without a warrant.
6. Violating the Constitution by using signing statements to defy hundreds of laws passed by Congress.
7. Violating U.S. and state law by obstructing honest elections in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006.
8. Violating U.S. law by using paid propaganda and disinformation, selectively and misleadingly leaking classified information, and exposing the identity of a covert CIA operative working on sensitive WMD proliferation for political retribution.
9. Subverting the Constitution and abusing Presidential power by asserting a "Unitary Executive Theory" giving unlimited powers to the President, by obstructing efforts by Congress and the Courts to review and restrict Presidential actions, and by promoting and signing legislation negating the Bill of Rights and the Writ of Habeas Corpus.
10. Gross negligence in failing to assist New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina, in ignoring urgent warnings of an Al Qaeda attack prior to Sept. 11, 2001, and in increasing air pollution causing global warming.
"I'm a myth. I'm Grendel in Beowulf" Karl Rove
Doug Ward, Vancouver Sun
Published: Monday, February 18, 2008
VANCOUVER - Karl Rove, the Republican political strategist often described as President George W. Bush's "brain," says his Svengali image is a media fallacy.
"I'm a myth. I'm Grendel in Beowulf. Nobody has really seen me. But they think of me often."
Bush's former campaign manager and policy adviser discussed his controversial image during an interview Monday in Vancouver prior to speaking later in the day to a meeting organized by the conservative Fraser Institute.
"But I like the myth. Keep it going, it adds to my shelf life."
Rove is an American political legend. He's seen as the political operative who took Bush, an amiable but hard-drinking frat boy from Texas (albeit one with a prominent brand name), and turned him into a governor and president in under 10 years.
In 2000, Rove's strategy was to reach out to moderates by portraying Bush as a "compassionate conservative." In 2004, Rove, sensing the swing vote had shrunk, focused on boosting the turnout from the conservative base.
Observers say his genius was in mobilizing the faith-based part of the Republican coalition to implement the tax-cutting, smaller-government policies of the party's libertarian wing.
His name has become synonymous with hardball tactics, political spinning and the use of wedge values issues such as gay marriage to get evangelical conservatives out on election day.
But Rove said it was a court decision in Massachusetts authorizing gay marriage - not his backroom influence - that turned it into a factor.
"I may be smart but I'm not that Machiavellian or that able that I could write an opinion and sell it to four members of the Massachusetts Superior Judicial Court. That's what brought it up."
Rove said "journalists try to cover political campaigns and explain everything by one thing. And somehow I've got a myth going and the narrative of it just keeps going."
Rove said some of the myth stems from an under-estimation of Bush.
"When you have a book called Bush's Brain, you're saying two things: One, I don't think the president of the U.S., a Yale graduate, is capable of getting there on his own. So I have to diminish him by raising up this other guy.
"And second of all, it says you're only loosely connected to reality."
The longtime political consultant, whom Bush called "the architect" and "boy genius" (when he wasn't mischievously calling him "turd blossom"), was also the key policy adviser in the Bush White House.
Rove said the role of political strategists in campaigns can be easily overdrawn.
"Campaigns are not contests in which people are easily fooled. Where some phoney ad, or contrived presentation, wins the day," said Rove.
"At the end of the parade, they see you as you are."
Rove resigned last summer as Bush's adviser, allegedly to spend more time with his family.
These days, he is writing a political memoir and writing about American politics for Newsweek magazine.
He believes that Barack Obama has a edge over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party race, mostly because of his charisma, but also because many traditional Democrats want to move beyond the Clinton era.
Nevertheless, Rove believes that Obama's "coolly arrogant" character has made it difficult for him to appeal to blue-collar, middle-to-lower income voters - a flaw the Republicans could exploit in the fall general election.
"He does come across as an elitist, which is why it's been difficult for him to break through with less-affluent, blue-collar Democrats," said Rove.
"If he's the candidate, there is a big gap available for Republicans to enter into with rural voters, older Democrat men and women, who are less educated and affluent, who sense on some level that he is incredibly articulate and smart, but [Obama] is looking down his nose at them in some way."
Rove has been attacked for manufacturing the Iraq crisis as a prelude to an invasion that he believed the Republicans could trumpet in the 2004 election.
Rove was a source in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. And he was blamed for the GOP's disastrous performance in the 2006 mid-term elections, when the Democrats regained control of Congress.
He acknowledged that Bush is a very unpopular president, partly because of the Iraq war.
"But I think that people will look back at the Iraq war and say 'Thank God, he had the courage to do what he did.'
"I think we're seeing the emergence of a potentially stable democracy in the heart of the Middle East."
He disputed a reporter's reference to the war becoming a quagmire. "The military is succeeding, the violence is down."