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everybody is already asking right now. I’ve been hearing it all morning
and afternoon now. WHY was it changed? WHO changed it?
UM: Who would have the authority to do that? To alter the CIA Director’s assessment, right?
RI: Exactly – exactly. Who could do that? Has to be high up.
Administration. And whoever did that, how…who would do that without the
president’s stamp? Without his approval? Now I was…I heard from a
staffer…they said it was the campaign. The campaign reviewed it and
changed it and sent Rice out onto the Sunday news shows. That
sounds…well, it’s outrageous. But…it…all of the campaigning the
president was doing…has been…he’s been at it for over two years. The
campaing has always been his priority. So…so maybe that’s possible. Now
that’s not a minor point here. If national security…the death of an
ambassador and three other Americans…now if that…(inaudible)…so if there
was a decision from the campaign, then…well…I’ll say it. That could be
cause for impeachment. The president would be in violation of his oath.
At least it’s how I understand it.
UM: Impeachment? Is that really possible?
RI: Don’t use…don’t latch onto that term. I’m not saying it’s likely or
even possible. I don’t have all the specifics of exactly what went on
in the hearing. I can tell you the place is buzzing. I can tell you
there are staffers…King’s office…they are really getting pretty fired up
on this. They needed Petraeus to give them something and apparently
that’s what the general did. Oh! And over at…ummm…McCain. He’s fired up
about this too. He did not like being called out by the president the
other day. So maybe he’s going to…you know the Senate…they always take
so long and the Republicans up there…(inaudible) so cautious. But
(inaudible) …and so maybe we are seeing some real momentum on this. The
Feinstein office has sent out feelers too. Staffers talking amongst
themselves. This is all good news for those of us who want to see some
real accountability for what happened, but…I want to stress again
that…that you can’t get your hopes up. These people…it’s not that they
don’t care…(inaudible)…bad people. It’s just how it works. If someone
gets spooked, or a deal can be made, that’s what happens. I don’t like
it, but I have to work in reality and not how I wish things were. You
UM: Yeah – I understand that better than I used to. Understood.
RI: Here is…umm…there is something you can do. Your readers can
do…everyone you know of. If people want to possibly change the
outcome…or the discussion…they have to use this new media to do it. You
have to understand that the Obama White House has hundreds of people…all
they do is post and comment and try to push their version. They…what it
is…it’s a whole program to either direct the news coverage, or give
media the excuse that they are just reporting on…or reflecting the
public opinion. So what we need to do…(inaudible)…of what I already
talked about. We need to get ahead of this new media thing…all of us.
Republicans. Conservatives…whatever. Congressman Paul talked about it
the other day…he was right about that. 100%. So everyone needs to go out
there and post their comments. Make the media know we are more…ummm…we
are paying attention now. And so…they need to cover what…the stories
that we are commenting on. Use basic economics on them. Just go all out
and overwhelm the comments sections of these stories. Share the truth.
And demand…demand more of the truth. And demand that they start…they
need to ask this White House real questions now. Can you do that? Can
they do that? Petraeus gave us an opportunity – now we need all of your
UM: I’ll do my best. Just like you – can’t promise
anything. But you’re right…people are…after the election they were
pissed. Now they’re…I think they’re ready to fight again. So, we’ll do
RI: If everyone gets on the same page with this…after
today…we’ll see how the weekend news programs go…next week we might
really crack this thing open.
UM: Could Boehner…will he shut it down? I don’t trust him anymore.
RI: (Pause) …I don’t like to talk poorly about another Republican…
RI: (Pause)…but ummm…you might be right on that one. He’s not…hasn’t
been…reliable for us. Hoping he’ll surprise us..but yeah…hope for the
best. Prepare for the worst.