You can take the chick, but Dick and Rummy walk...

Much excitement over the news that Rice will testify under oath before the 9/11 commission. 

One of the six TVs in our office is tuned to CNN, which seems to have covered little other news than this in the last couple of hours.

The Chimp has caved under enormous political pressure, saying:

"I've ordered this level of cooperation because I consider it necessary to gaining a complete picture of the months and years that preceded the murder of our fellow citizens on September 11"

But is Condi being thrown to the wolves?

The letter Alberto Gonzales sent to the commission, setting out the White House's strict terms for Rice's appearance, could certainly be read that way:

"First, the Commission must agree in writing that Dr. Rice's testimony before the Commission does not set any precedent for future Commission requests, or requests in any other context, for testimony by a National Security Advisor or any other White House official.

"Second, the Commission must agree in writing that it will not request additional public testimony from any White House official, including Dr. Rice. The National Security Advisor is uniquely situated to provide the Commission with information necessary to fulfill its statutory mandate...Other White House officials with information relevant to the Commission’s inquiry do not come within the scope of the Commission’s rationale for seeking public testimony from Dr. Rice."

Maybe it's just me, but I think this is curtains for Condi.  She's gunna take one for the boys.  Someone needs to wear it, and it sure as heck won't be the Chief Chimp or any of his babbling Fear Monkeys. 

Consistent with prevailing White House policies, Dr. Rice is the most disposable individual to hand, being both female and black.

Unlike what the administration does to most black women in America, though, we can be sure that Condi will be well looked after.  I wonder if Halliburton needs a new EVP...?