Failure of Imagination

Oh my God.

I didn’t believe he’d do it. Even now, after he’s done so much else that’s unthinkable, I really didn’t think he’d have the stones to show the world all his cards and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he doesn’t believe in the rule of law. Or that Dick Cheney is really in charge.

The CIA asked the Justice Department to investigate the fact that it seemed someone has leaked the name of an undercover CIA agent.
A Bush-appointed Justice Department official looked into the matter and decided there was a hell of a lot of There there.
Perhaps the nation’s most respected United States Attorney, the man who’d gotten convictions on the first set of World Trade Center bombers as well as mobster John Gotti, was appointed to look into it. He too decided there was almost certainly a lot of There there. He couldn’t say for sure, however, because Dick Cheney’s top aide lied repeatedly under oath with the intent to obstruct justice.
Scooter Libby was brought to trial. There he was convicted by a jury of his peers of perjury and obstructing justice.
Overseeing the jury was a Republican-appointed judge.
Turning down his appeal was a panel of Republican-appointed judges.

Scooter Libby broke the law.
Scooter Libby was found guilty by a jury of his peers.
Scooter Libby was denied bail by a Republican judge.
Scooter Libby had his appeal denied by a panel of Republican judges.

The Justice Department’s own guidelines said Scooter Libby was not a suitable candidate for a pardon.

President George W. Bush has issued fewer pardons than any other president in the past 100 years, whilst denying more than 1000 requests.

But Bush chooses to commute the sentence of this traitor. Why? Because Scooter Libby is a rich white man?

Not exactly. He is, of course. But that’s not why he did it.

He did it because he doesn’t believe the law applies to him or his friends.
He did it because he’s the president. And he believes that that makes him the king.

Scooter Libby, under the orders of Dick Cheney, leaked the name of an undercover CIA agent.
During a time of war.

And nothing happened to them.

So George W. Bush doesn’t pardon Scooter Libby. Instead, he merely commutes his sentence. In effect, he’s acknowledging that everything Scooter was accused of, he indeed did. It’s just that, unlike every other felon, he won’t have to actually go to jail.

Because it’s okay as long as you’re a Republican. Anything is. Even outting undercover CIA agents, lying under oath and obstructing justice.


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5 Responses to Failure of Imagination

  1. Edmund Bogen says:

    Presidents have a right to pardon guilty people. I had the same comments you had when President Clinton Pardoned Mark Rich and the terrorists from the FALN who blew up Frances Tavern in lower Manhattan in the 1970’s. That’s politics.

  2. scott says:

    Presidents have a right to pardon guilty people.
    You’re absolutely right, they do. Which doesn’t make it right, of course. Whether or not they have the right to commute sentences, however, is actually another matter—there doesn’t seem to be any such mention of commutation in the Constitution.
    This is hush money. This is extortion. It’s clear Libby was going to start singing the moment the cell door closed behind him. So they bought him off.

  3. Tom E. says:

    President Clinton Pardoned Mark Rich.
    And just who was Rich’s lawyer? Wait for it…Yes, Scooter Libby! Tah-dah, IOKIYAR (It’s o.k. if you’re a Republican) strikes again!
    He did it because he doesn’t believe the law applies to him or his friends. He did it because he’s the president. And he believes that that makes him the king.
    And he did it to keep President Cheney’s ass out of jail.

  4. J says:

    When these words were reported yesterday, I thought it was the most arrogant thing I’ve ever read: (about delaying the sentence)
    “`I hope it puts pressure on the president. He’s a man of pronounced loyalties and he should have loyalty to Scooter Libby,” said former Ambassador Richard Carlson, a member of Libby’s defense fund. “It would be a travesty for him to go off to prison. The president will take some heat for it. So what? He takes heat for everything.””
    Now I’m shaking my head and thinking–“Wow, at least with Paris we learned that drunk driving doesn’t pay.” Weird, huh?

  5. jurassicpork says:

    Good synopsis, Scott. I couldn’t’ve put it any better myself.

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