Wednesday, March 7

Poor Scooter Succumbs to Witch-hunt

Scooter Libby was found guilty on 4 of 5 counts yesterday. You've got to think he wants to just bang his head against the wall for the ridiculous nature of this trial. Essentially, you've got Wilson lying by saying that Cheney sent him to Niger to investigate claims that Saddam was attempting to buy uranium there, then returning to write an op-ed again lying by saying that he found no evidence of this.

First there's the fact that Cheney had nothing to do with Wilson being sent to Niger - don't we the public have a right to know that? Why can't the administration defend itself? Bob Novak was the first one to reveal that it was actually Plame who pushed her husband for this venture and it's now generally accepted that it was Richard Armitage who revealed Plame's identity, not Scooter Libby. So the "crime" wasn't even committed by Libby... that's assuming there was a crime, but the question of whether or not revealing Plame's name was a crime was never part of this trial.

At the end of the day, this never should have went to trial. There was nothing worth investigating. But the jurors have determined that Libby did lie during the investigation and no matter how ridiculous the charges or nature of the investigation are, you just can't lie under oath. All I can say is that I feel for Scooter.

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