Critical Week for Bush Administration

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Critical Week for Bush Administration

October 25, 2005

This could be a critical week for the Bush administration as we are expected to hear whether special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has won indictments against two top White House aides.

Karl Rove, the president's master strategist, and Lewis Libby, Jr., Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff, are the subjects of an investigation over possible leaks of the name of a supposedly covert CIA operative named Valerie Plame.

There is so much politics in this that for many people it may be difficult to sort out the truth from the partisanship.

It will be interesting to see - should Fitzgerald indict - whether it's for a supposed attempt to cover-up actions, or for the supposed actions, themselves.

You'll recall Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath.

His supporters say it was just about sex and unimportant.

This case is about politics, as Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, is a notorious Bush-basher and, according to some, a serial liar.

Bush administration critics will again seek political advantage from all off this, but it should not deter the president from continuing to do what he has been hired by the people to do - his job.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.