Wednesday, February 15, 2006

It's Not Always the Cover-Up

The old saw is, it's not the crime, it's the cover-up that gets you in trouble. But increasingly, I'm thinking that with the Bush Administration, it is the crime. That's why they always ignore the old saw and continue to cover things up. Treason really will get you in more trouble than obstruction of justice, after all.

And that's why I think Dick Cheney was probably drunk when he shot a 78-year-old man in the face. My initial reaction to hearing the story of the shooting was that I don't blame Cheney for a hunting accident, as these things will happen. I'm sure that was the reaction of most -- a normal and easily anticipated reaction -- which is why a delay in reporting the incident makes little sense.

There was the speculation that this is par for the course for Cheney. He hides things, doesn't think the public has a right to know. It's habit. That only goes so far.

But the delay makes perfect sense if Cheney had been drinking prior to the incident. A delay would give the alcohol time to leave his system.

We already know he's not the most responsible person when he drinks. We know he's not the most honest person. We know he lacks judgment.

We also know, despite Katherine Armstrong's protestations of sobriety, that the Armstrongs "are all made members in the Texas Republican party," [via Political Cortex]. Her mother, Anne Armstrong, was on the board of Halliburton when Cheney was hired. Halliburton gets -- very literally -- tons of taxpayer cash from this government, with little oversight. Strong motive to return a huge favor with a little lie.

For instance, a few contradictions:
  • She first admitted "there may have been a beer or two in there," but then said there had been no drinking.
  • The Suburban Ecstasies also discovered that Katherine Armstrong is being quoted as an eyewitness to the incident, specifically describing what happened, though she didn't see the incident.
  • Then there's the story (for you CSI/Bones fans) that Whittington was 30 yards away, when the amount of pellet spray clustered about his face and chest would indicate a much closer shot.

Even if Cheney hadn't been drinking, I'm going to say he had. A caller to Jay Marvin's show said that when she gets frustrated talking to her right-wing friends and family, she just turns the tables and uses their tactics against them by taking a factual incident and making it sound worse to smear the person involved, like "Laura Bush got off for killing her boyfriend in a drunk driving incident."

Add to that: "Dick Cheney got drunk and shot a 78-year-old man in the face."

Update: Prison Planet quotes a report about the type of weapon Cheney shot Whittington with.
"With the reduced powder load needed to drive the smaller shotcharge, the 28 is a much sweeter-shooting round than its two larger stablemates. Surprisingly, it also tends to pattern very efficiently. In fact, as far out as 35 yards, the 28 puts as much of its shot payload (on a percentage basis) into a 30-inch patterning circle as the 12 and 20 gauge..."

Less than three feet of scatter at 30 yards, which might be consistent with a partial hit in the face and chest. Only a real forensic examination of the distance between the pellets that struck Whittington will tell us more conclusively the distance at which he was shot. Who knows if we will ever get such a report? Paging Dr. Henry Lee.

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