Wrongly convicted, wrongly portrayed.
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The man had no reason to lie or to knowingly deceive the FBI or the courts. He quite literally had no motive.
It is a very bad thing indeed for a covert agent’s identity to be divulged in public. But sometimes it happens inadvertently — especially when the CIA’s own spokesman helps divulge it. It is a far worse thing to try to create a scapegoat for a leak that the scapegoat didn’t commit, on a subject about which the scapegoat himself had no reason to feel defensive. The whole “16 words” controversy was not just a tempest in a teapot but a Katrina in a thimble. Those words did not make the difference between this nation going to war or not going to war. The war decision was based on a mix of faulty and accurate intelligence, along with an entirely defensible assessment of the geopolitical situation in 2003. It was made in the shadow of terrorist attacks that killed innocents and changed our very way of life. What was on the minds of Bush officials wasn’t bloodlust so much as protection — protection of American lives and liberties. Nobody needed to lie to make the arguments for war; whether they reached wise conclusions or not, they merely had to cite all the best available evidence for their positions.
Intending to refer to his trial and conviction, I asked Libby if, with perfect hindsight, he would have done anything differently.
“If I knew then what we know now?” he repeated, rhetorically. “I would find some way to save those 3,000 Americans who were crushed or burned alive on 9/11.”
On the available evidence, Scooter Libby contributed mightily to ensuring it didn’t happen again. Forget his wrongful conviction for perjury; it was his conviction to protect this nation, his determination to see that no similar assaults succeeded, that is the truest measure of his character and career. It’s a measure not of shame but of high honor.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?