March 07, 2007

The Dems "get" their man

But did they really? This whole Scooter Libby conviction reminds me of the ludicrous impeachment of Bill Clinton -- lying (perjury) about something not actually pertinent to the original issue. Consider -- Libby was found guilty. But:

  • On his trip to Niger, Wilson found no evidence that contradicted the famous "16 words" in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union Address, contrary to his New York Times op-ed claim.

  • Plame, his wife, who worked for the CIA, did recommend him for the Niger junket, contrary to Wilson's denials.

  • Plame was not a covert agent under the definition of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, contrary to Wilson's insinuations, which many of his backers, including in the press, presented as fact.

  • No one from the White House "leaked" Plame's identity as a CIA functionary to Robert Novak, who received the information from Richard Armitage at the State Department. (Source.)

So, you had an investigation based on a phony complaint in the first place, where no crime was committed (Plame was not covert and Armitage admitted it was he who "leaked" Plame's name to Novak). But in the course of the phony investigation and indictment, Libby got caught telling a fib.

As Jay Nordlinger says today, "Well, the nation can breathe a sigh of relief now. Scooter Libby seems to be heading to jail. Richard Armitage is at large, but he was never perceived to be a threat anyway. Valerie Wilson has a book-and-movie deal.

Yes, isn't America a great, great country?"

Posted by Hube at March 7, 2007 06:00 PM | TrackBack

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The Dems had absolutely nothing to do with this; it was the justice system working, a fact that your partisan colored glasses will not let through. Don't you support the rule of law?

Obviously Libby was the fall guy for Cheney/Rove. Coward Cheney never did testify for the defense in Libby's behalf. Cheney was the initiator of the fiasco, so enraged by Wilson's revelations that he went to the President to have the security classification removed so that Plame's identity could be leaked. A more vindictive example of hardball played by the WH would be hard to dredge up.

Fitzgerald classified Plame's position as "classified"; and she was working on the WMD situation. And guess what, Wilson was correct about Niger -- there was no business deal for yellow-cake ever consummated. Yet Cheney/Bush/Rice used the mushroom cloud to hype up fear. Come on Hube, you can do much better than this. Take off those glasses!!!

PS: Perjury and obstruction of justice are crimes; Libby has been convicted on four counts. He should serve some time in prison, say a year. Certainly he should not be pardoned without serving some time.

Posted by: Perry at March 8, 2007 08:25 AM

If the leaking of Plame's identity was such a heinous crime, why wasn't Armitage charged? After all, Fitzgerald knew from the start of his investigation that Armitage was the source. Why weren't journalists charged with printing of classified information?

Posted by: Paul Smith at March 8, 2007 08:48 AM

Fitzgerald's investigations led him to believe that the evidence did not support prosecution of anyone for the leaked outing of Plame. Consequently, Armitage and journalists were not prosecuted, although they may actually have been guilty of committing a crime. The evidence has to be sufficient for the prosecutor to move forward on the case. However, in the course of the investigation, Libby was caught committing perjury and obstruction of justice. As it turned out two days ago, he was convicted on four counts.

Posted by: Perry at March 8, 2007 09:18 AM

annnnnndddddd cue robot voice.....ACTION:


I am a robot. I will compare all republican wrong doings to Clinton. I will minimize every ethical lapse in judgement. I will belittle opposers as bipartisan treasonous liberals. I will do my best to deflect all actual wrongdoings by attacking the messenger.


annnnnnnddddddd cut!

Posted by: donviti at March 8, 2007 09:23 AM

I don't feel bad for Libby. He likely lied and jury found him guilty. Regardless of his party affiliation , he is part of the beltway power elite like Berger was and they got caught trying to perhaps twist the rules.

But I do wonder about why the CIA did not require Wilson to sign a confidentiality agreement before they even discussed the trip with him?? I am skeptical the CIA does not slap one for you to sign even when you just stopped in to use their bathroom. So did Wilson sign one and did he violate the terms by writing the NY Times oped?

I had an uncle who was in the Air Force fr 30 years and he knew stuff but he would not disclose even to his wife 25 years later!

Posted by: AJ Lynch at March 8, 2007 12:03 PM

Yeah, Perry. I'm such a blind partisan. Seems you skated right over where I wrote that the Clinton impeachment was "ludicrous." But since you're such a firm believer in "rule of law," then you must have supported our former president's impeachment? Is that an accurate statement? If not, why?

Get your facts straight, Perry. Joe Wilson's lied more than friggin' Libby, yet HE is somehow a "hero." And how was there some conspiracy by the WH to "leak" Plame's name (who wasn't "covert") when it was [WH critic and] State Dept. guy Richard Armitage who told Robert Novak Plame's name??? Any ideas??

Is there anything else your tinfoil hat is receiving, Perry?

Posted by: Hube at March 8, 2007 03:49 PM

Hube, in Clinton's case, it was clearly a civil affair which should have been adjudicated after he left office, in my view. The GOP made as much a spectacle of themselves as Clinton himself did. The impeachment was a disgrace and total waste of Congressional time.

It was not only Armitage leaking as you well know. Vindictive Cheney even went to Bush to get the classification changed to non-confidential. Don't you wonder why he did that?

Plame's identity and job were labeled "classified" by Fitzgerald, therefore she should not have been outed by Cheney & Co.

Your topic title is quite revealing, and patently wrong! Again,the Dems had nothing to do with getting Libby.

I'll leave your personal attacks without a response, Hube.

Posted by: Perry Hood at March 8, 2007 10:05 PM

Perry: How did we (the public) find out about Plame? It was Robert Novak. Who did he get the name from? Richard Armitage. There's NO proof of ANY wrongdoing by Cheney despite how much you and your co-horts WISH IT. PERIOD. And it's immaterial what Fitzgerald labeled Plame anyway. Even so, you obviously don't know what the law in question actually says about supposed covert operatives. Cheney (or any other official) could have leaked her name, but if they had no real idea about her actual status, they wouldn't have broken the law.

Get over it already.

Posted by: Hube at March 9, 2007 04:18 PM