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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Not Sure What To Think About Libby

I don't know what to think of President Bush commuting Scooter Libby's sentence for perjury. That's because I haven't followed the case closely. Was Scooter Libby the victim of prosecutorial abuse, indicted for perjury when there was no underlying crime, or because they couldn't get anything more serious to stick on Libby or anyone else? Or did Libby truly thwart an investigation that may have involved treason by the highest officials in the land?

If the former, Libby shouldn't do time, and perhaps should receive a full pardon. If the latter, justice tells us should do his time and Bush is a bastard for commuting his sentence. But then again, if Libby was part of a cover-up. then Bush himself was in on it. Since the Administration made Libby the fall guy, commuting Libby's sentence would have been an act of loyalty, the "honorable thing" to do in exchange for Libby's own loyalty. If I were in Bush's position, I would have done the same thing.

That is not to say Bush was right in commuting Libby's sentence, only that I understand why he did.

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