Shabbos: Inadvertent Transgressions
In today's New York Times, spokesmen for the President of the United States are reported as attempting to argue that there was no transgression, and even if one took place, it was inadvertent. Talmudic scholars can appreciate the tortured logic by which Karl Rove may keep his job because Bush is on record that he would fire "anyone who leaked Ms. Wilson's name," while so far, it seems that "Mr. Rove discussed Ms. Wilson's role, though apparently without naming her." Was this an inadvertent transgression or a deliberate transgression by one who knew that once you identify a woman as the wife of so-and-so, it is not necessary to name her in order to make known about whom you are speaking?
What asham offering does Karl Rove owe to the American people? If Bush continues to rely on Rove's counsel, are we being asked to wait for him until he cohabits another time? Or, using the colorful language of an unidentified "former official," will the President "find a graceful way for Mr. Rove to exit . . . to 'get the benefit of the brain without the proximity of the body'"? If the latter, cohabitation ceases but transgressions nevertheless go on and on.