Martyr of the War Party: is Libby taking a fall for the White House?

Human Events
by Pat Buchanan


[I]t was an arrogant and stupid thing Libby did. He lied to the FBI, to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, to the grand jury. He fabricated a story about where he learned about Wilson’s wife, when, as sworn testimony proved, he learned it from Vice President Cheney and was himself moving it to the press. However, this was about a larger issue than the narrow question of whether Libby lied about leaking the role of Valerie Plame in having her husband sent to Niger to investigate a report that Iraq had been seeking ‘yellowcake,’ a critical component in a uranium enrichment program. That larger issue is this: Were we misled, were we deceived by our government, as the White House made the case for invading and occupying Iraq?

Is Libby taking a fall for the White House?

by John Dickerson


Denis Collins, the former Washington Post reporter on the jury, said the deliberating jurors often wondered about the role of the White House in general and Dick Cheney and Karl Rove in particular. Collins said that ‘a number of times’ the jury asked themselves, ‘What is he doing here? Where is Rove and all these other guys? … I’m not saying we didn’t think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was … the fall guy.’ Collins said the jury believed that Vice President Cheney did ‘task [Libby] to talk to reporters.’ He said, ‘Some jurors said at one point, ‘We wish we weren’t judging Libby. … This sucks.” The jury has convicted Libby, but Collins has convicted the administration. Libby was being a good soldier, lying and obstructing justice to protect himself, the vice president, and the administration from political embarrassment or legal jeopardy...

A corrupt endeavor

by Justin Raimondo


The Cheney coup d’etat that made the invasion of Iraq possible is, finally, overthrown: that’s the larger significance of this verdict, and, as such, it is a cause for celebration. But let’s not rest on Fitzgerald’s laurels: it is time, now, for Congress to follow up the plentiful leads provided by the prosecution in this case and expose the neocons’ corrupt endeavor to the light of day. Let’s lift up the rock under which the War Party has been hiding for so long and watch as swarms of uglies pour out — because they can’t live for long in full sunlight. Exposure neutralizes them: they curl up and die. Once the web of deception they have woven is swept away, we’ll finally see the War Party’s methods and motives — and, believe you me, it won’t be a pretty sight...

Cheney’s henchman gets his

The Nation
by Nicholas von Hoffman


Well, they nailed Scooter. The news of I. Lewis Libby’s conviction had hardly been out on the Internet before the Democrats were letting loose with war whoops of delight. ‘It’s about time someone in the Bush Administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics,’ quoth Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. To which some thoughtful people will reply, ‘Pipe down, Harry, there but for the grace of He or She whose name may not be invoked on some but not all public occasions goes you or one of your Democratic pals.’ The story behind the story of Libby’s conviction is that he should never have been in Washington in the first place. … Why does a Vice President have a chief of staff? The Vice President has no administrative functions. … And why should he have a National Security Adviser? The President already has one...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Questions About Cheney Remain

With Tuesday's verdict on Mr. Libby - guilty on four of five counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice - the vice president has been diminished. "The trial has been death by 1,000 cuts for Cheney," said Scott Reed, a Republican strategist. "It's hurt him inside the administration. It's hurt him with the Congress, and it's hurt his stature around the world because it has shown a lot of the inner workings of the White House. It peeled the bark right off the way they operate."


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