Former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband Joseph Wilson leave a news conference in Washington, July 14, 2006.
Mark Steyn: Perverse Libby trial was revealing
In his closing remarks, Patrick Fitzgerald invited the jury to view a narrow perjury case as something epic: ”What is this case about?” the special counsel mused. ”Is it about something bigger?” Fortunately, he was musing rhetorically, and he had the answer on hand: ”There is a cloud over the vice president. . . . There is a cloud over the White House.”
Indeed. And what exactly is the cloud? Is it that the name of a covert agent was intentionally leaked in breach of the relevant law on non-disclosure?
No. On the alleged violation of Valerie Plame’s identity, Fitzgerald was unable to produce not only a perpetrator but any crime.
Is the cloud then a more general murk? A politically motivated attempt to damage the white knight Joe Wilson as he sallied forth against the Bush dragon?
No. The man who leaked Valerie Plame’s name was Richard Armitage, Colin Powell’s deputy at the State Department and a man who dislikes Rove, Cheney and all their neocon warmongering works. The journalist he leaked it to — Bob Novak — was also opposed to the Iraq war. Neither Armitage nor Novak had any animus against Joe Wilson. On the contrary, they broadly share Wilson’s skepticism on the threat posed by Saddam. There was no conspiracy, just Armitage gossiping like the gravelly voiced schoolgirl he’s been for years.
So, the answer is YES. It is about something bigger.
It is about POLITICS and not an area where a special prosecutor has purview.
President Bush should and WILL PARDON Scooter Libby.
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