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The Idiot’s Guide to the Libby Commutation
Maybe the reason so much of the “elite” media seems to be missing the point of this story — as in missing it by a mile — is because no one has ever taken the time to explain it to them in simple terms: so let me try.
The real travesty here isn’t that Scooter Libby doesn’t have to spend a day in jail for obstructing justice several years ago.
The real travesty is that he doesn’t have to spend a day in jail for the privilege of being able to continue obstructing justice today and on into the future.
Libby lied to the FBI and the grand jury several years ago, almost certainly to protect his boss who just happens to be the Vice President of the United States (and probably his boss’s “boss” who just happens to be the President of the United States). As a result of those lies, the full truth regarding a serious breach of the public trust involving the deliberate act of blowing the cover of a covert CIA agent as an act of political revenge has never come out.
You want to spare poor Scooter from having to walk in the footsteps of Paris Hilton? Fine. But first make him tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Bush didn’t require that as a condition to commuting Libby’s prison sentence (for obvious reasons). So now that truth will never be told.
That’s the real story here, folks: deal with it.
July 5th, 2007 at 8:11 am
Of course it is unfair that Libby should be pardoned while so many others, lacking appropriate connections in high places, serve out their time in jail for comparatively trivial crimes. Life is unfair and that is a source for much sadness in the world.
But another serious aspect of this commutation is that it obstructs justice and obstructing justice is probably its purpose. Putting Libby in prison was intended to put pressure on him to tell the truth about what happened in the Valery Pflame case. But Libby telling such truth could cause trouble for the current administration, and the avoidance of such truth-telling is likely the motivation for Libby getting his out-of-jail card from this law-and-order President.
July 5th, 2007 at 7:13 pm
The Wilson/Plame Leak Case has to me always been the most petty and vile of all the many this administration commits on a daily basis. The focus on what they did and why in this case is for good reason on their part deflected.
I hope this Leak sinks the bush/cheney ship. I how something does.
July 5th, 2007 at 7:46 pm
Libby’s lying and obstruction of justice occured in an inquiry where the “victim” could have lost her life or other people could have lost their lives. When someone acts in the way Libby did it becomes essential to know the intent behind the lying and the obstruction.
Indeed a reasonable person could only consider commuting Libby’s sentence if they were also able to accurately describe Libby’s intent at the time he commited his crime. There has been no attempt to do this.