Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Untouchables

Much has been said about the reprieve granted by President Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Bush to "Scooter" Libby but it remains a breathtakingly open aspect of the continuing cover-up of the lies that led to war.

Dubya's odd assertion -- that the verdict was appropriate but the sentence was too harsh -- was yet another dodge intended to disguise the stalling strategy they have played so well. Bush's plan all along has been to delay any resolution until after he is out of office. Come to think of it, that's his current strategy for Iraq, also. By keeping Libby out of his well-deserved prison cell, Dubya is assured of his continued silence. And should Libby be ordered to testify about his skullduggery, he can still "plead the Fifth" since Bush left intact his actual conviction and Libby continues to appeal. About the only way to force his cooperation would be for Congress to offer him a limited grant of immunity to testify under oath. Of course, Libby is a confirmed liar so there's no guarantee that anything short of waterboarding will get a confession out of him.

It is to the point now that, to paraphrase Mary McCarthy, every word spoken by this administration is a lie, including "and" and "the."

Our only hope for timely justice is for Congress to press forward -- far more aggressively than they have up to now -- to force testimony, under oath, and to require the delivery of documents, without delay. That includes Libby, Cheney and especially Karl "E-mail Me" Rove.

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