Wednesday, March 07, 2007
A Little Perspective, If You Please
I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has now been convicted on four felony counts of perjury an obstruction of justice. These convictions prove one of two (or a combination of both) things – either Scooter deliberately (and stupidly) lied to Federal investigators or he honestly couldn’t remember the exact details of conversations which occurred some two to three years ago.
Before you get on your conspiracy horse (yes, Mr. Jason Leopold, I’m talking to you) let me ask you if you remember what you had for dinner on February 12, 2003 and what was said over that meal. Let me know when you have those details and remember, if your recollection is even the slightest bit wrong you’ll spend the next 25 years of your life sharing a 6 by 9 cell with a 6’8” 425 pound roommate named Bubba.
Now let’s get down to the actual facts of the case in question because none of them were settled with the end of this farce of a trial. Richard Armitage leaked the identity of Valerie Plame to Robert Novak who subsequently published it in the column that started this whole thing. You’ll note that neither man was charged, let alone tried, for their actions. The wolves wanted Big Time Cheney, and Scooter was the closest they could get.
Another fact: Joe Wilson is a lying son of a%$@. This fact is not open to negotiation. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report (pages 49-57) proves it beyond any doubt whatsoever. (HT Rick Moran) So obvious were Joe’s lies that even John “Lurch” Kerry fired him from his campaign staff in the summer of 2004. With Lurch’s slight dominance of facts, Joe’s dismissal showed he couldn’t even meet the low standards of Lurch’s sorry excuse for a presidential campaign.
The MSM would have you believe W, Big Time Cheney, and the rest of the White House went out to smear Joe Wilson and endanger the very life of his wife. Wilson, they would tell you, did everything in his power to stop the war hungry neo-cons from rigging intelligence data to take this country to a war based on lies.
The fact remains that Joe Wilson’s New York Times exposé was so full of factual holes it wasn’t even good for fish wrap. W and Big Time knew this and set out on a mission to confront Wilson’s lies with facts. The MSM hates facts, especially when they get in the way of skewering the President and bringing down a Vice-President.
So, three years, thousands of hours of FBI work and Grand Jury testimony, and millions of dollars of taxpayer funds have resulted in one man being convicted on four counts. No Karl Rove or Big Time Cheney frog march. No impeachment of W. Prozac sales inside the beltway will no doubt skyrocket over the next few days.
Scooter Libby, by all accounts of those who really know him, is a good and decent man who has given the better part of his life to public service. The vicious politically charged and media driven witch hunt has now ruined the life of a man who never sought the limelight. While his “crimes” shouldn’t be minimized, neither should the question of whether or not charges should’ve ever made it to trial.
The legal system, however flawed it may be, is a double edged sword. Joe Wilson has filed a civil lawsuit against Big Time Cheney. Having done such he will be required to submit himself to a hostile deposition during which time he’ll be placed under oath and subject to the very perjury laws which may cost Scooter his freedom.
Answer carefully, Joe.
Here endeth the lesson.